St Jean Marie Vianney
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St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast
day - August 4. Universally known as the "Cure of Ars)," St. John Marie
Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made
parish priest of Ars, a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a
confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian
world. His life was one of extreme mortification.
Accustomed to the most severe austerities,
beleaguered by swarms of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this
great mystic manifested a imperturbable patience. He was a wonder
worker loved by the crowds, but he retained a childlike simplicity, and
he remains to this day the living image of the priest after the heart
He heard confessions of people from all over the world for the sixteen
hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It
is recorded that even the staunchest of sinners were converted at his
mere word. He died August 4, 1859, and was canonized May 31, 1925.