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Saint John Mary Vianney | Saint of the Day
Wednesday, 04 August 2021

The name of this French priest may be unfamiliar to many, but his title is known around the world: the Curé of Ars. He was born in 1786 near Lyons, France.

At age 20, he enrolled in school but found studying difficult. Having learned the rudiments of theology, John was ordained in 1815. In 1818, John became the parish priest of the little village of Ars-en-Dombes, where most of the people were not interested in religion or God.

He spent the rest of his life serving the parishioners of this village. A renowned confessor, he was visited by hundreds of pilgrims every day, hearing confessions for 12 to 16 hours daily. When he walked from the confessional to the rectory, pilgrims would cut pieces from his clothing and his hair. For 30 years he served all who came to him: people were healed and converted, and many were given appropriate words of wisdom or advice even before they had explained their predicament.

When he died in 1859 at the age of 73, John Vianney already had the reputation of being a saint. He was canonized in 1925 and is a patron of parish priests

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