Aug 4: St John Vianney (1786-1859)

JohnvianneyJohn Vianney (Jean-Baptiste-Marie) was born at Dardilly near Lyons France in 1786.  After overcoming many difficulties, he was ordained a priest.  He was entrusted with a parish in the town of Ars in the diocese of Belley for forty-two years.  Despite encountering much opposition, he reformed the parish, spent hours in the confessional and centred his life on the Eucharist.  Since he was renowned for great skill in helping penitents, people came to him from many regions and devoutly accepted his counsels.  He died in 1859.  Pius XI declared him patron of parish clergy. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2876; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1182

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