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St. John Vianney

Feast Days: 
August 4
Time Period: 
1786 - 1859
Place: 
Ars, France
Patronage: 
Priests
Confessors
Widowers
Difficult marriages
Summary: 

Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney (named after John
the Baptist) began his education late in life. He
had a poor memory and found it very difficult to
understand ideas. Only with the aid of a dear friend
and mentor was he able to barely pass his classes
and be ordained a Priest. When assigned as pastor
to Ars, France, John was greatly upset by the towns
people laxity in religious practice. He prayed and
mortified his flesh in atonement for their sins,
transforming the city of Ars. Accustomed to the
most severe austerities, beleaguered by swarms
of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this great
mystic manifested an imperturbable patience. He
was a wonderworker 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
of Christ.

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