Saint Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney

Saint Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney

Patron of Parish Priests, the Cure D'ars, and Perseverance
Feast Day: August 4


Jean Marie’s story took place long ago… Jean struggled through his Seminary studies in France; studying was simply not his strong suit. His will, however,  was very strong, and,  where there’s a will, there’s a way! Since he was so persistent, the leaders of the Church could not deny Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney’s goal of becoming an ordained Parish Priest, and afterward, they sent him to a town called Ars. They chose Ars because it was a tiny little town where there were very few parishioners. In the beginning Vianney preached to a nearly empty congregation. Slowly but surely, the people of Ars realized that their Cure, (French for “one who cares for souls”), Vianney, was a great healer. He possessed phenomenal listening skills and people flocked to Ars just to be heard by him. Father Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney then stepped it up a notch and became a mind reader. It was then possible for him to hear confessions with the confessor never uttering a single word. Not surprisingly, everyone favored the Cure D’Ars Confessional. The town became the favored Confessional of all of France. In 1929, Vianney was canonized by Pope Pius XI as the Patron Saint of Parish Priests, the Cure D’ Ars. © 2008

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