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Saint John Mary Vianney


Also known as Cure of Ars, Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney, Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, Jean-Baptiste Vianney, John Baptist Vianney ,John Vianney

Memorial 4 August

Profile Born to a farm family. In his youth he taught other children their prayers and catechism. Ordained in 1815, though it took several years study as he had little education, was not a very good student, and his Latin was terrible. Assigned as a parochial vicar to Ecully, France. In 1818 he was assigned to the parish of Ars-sur-Formans, France, a tiny village near Lyons, which suffered from very lax attendance. He began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor, spent days in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, did penance for his parishioners, and leading his people by example. Gifted with discernment of spirits, prophecy, hidden knowledge, and working miracles. Tormented by evil spirits, especially when he tried to get his 2-3 hours of sleep each night. Crowds came to hear him preach, and to make their reconciliation because of his reputation with penitents; by 1855 there were 20,000 pilgrims a year to Ars. Spent 40 years as the parish priest.

Born 8 May 1786 at Dardilly, Lyons, France

Died 4 August 1859 at Ars, France of natural causes interred in the basilica of Ars

Name Meaning God is gracious; gift of God

Venerated 26 July 1896

Beatified 8 January 1905 by Pope Saint Pius X

Canonized 31 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

Patronage confessors ,Dubuque, Iowa, archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, archdiocese of Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney ,priests

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