Saint John Mary Vianney,
the Cure of Ars
- He was born in 1786 in Dardilly, Lyons, France, died in 1859.
- He was raised in the country in a humble peasant family. He had many difficulties
in learning, but he taught other children how to pray and to learn the catechism.
- It was very difficult for him to become a Priest since he had so many problems in
learning, but he was a holy man whose inability to learn was compensated by the Wisdom of
God. He was assigned to the parish of Ars, a town of 250 people who were not very good
Catholics. He began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor. He would
spend days in prayer, doing penance for them.
- His main concern was to save sinners, God gifted him with a very powerful message
in his sermons that would convert his listeners. He had the gift of reading souls in
confession and because of this love for souls the devil would torment him at night, by
shaking his bed and setting it on fire.
- Thousands would come from everywhere to hear him preach, and to have a confession
with him. He served God as a priest for 40 years and is called the patron saint of parish
Work of God Apostolate
Saint John Mary
Vianney, the Cure of Ars