Saint John Mary Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests, who visited the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand (Feast Date: August 4)
Extract from St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney: “Though he was of average intelligence and his masters never seem to have doubted his vocation, his knowledge was extremely limited, being confined to a little arithmetic, history, and geography, and he found learning, especially the study of Latin, excessively difficult. . . . On 13 August, 1815, he was ordained priest by Mgr. Simon, Bishop of Grenoble. His difficulties in making the preparatory studies seem to have been due to a lack of mental suppleness in dealing with theory as distinct from practice — a lack accounted for by the meagreness of his early schooling, the advanced age at which he began to study, the fact that he was not of more than average intelligence, and that he was far advanced in spiritual science and in the practice of virtue long before he came to study it in the abstract. . . . But the chief labour of the Curé d’Ars was the direction of souls. He had not been long at Ars when people began coming to him from other parishes, then from distant places, then from all parts of France, and finally from other countries. As early as 1835, his bishop forbade him to attend the annual retreats of the diocesan clergy because of ‘the souls awaiting him yonder’. During the last ten years of his life, he spent from sixteen to eighteen hours a day in the confessional. His advice was sought by bishops, priests, religious, young men and women in doubt as to their vocation, sinners, persons in all sorts of difficulties and the sick.” See PICTURE of Saint John Vianney. See also: John Vianney (Multilingual), Saint John Mary Vianney (EN), St. John Vianney (EN), Year of the Priest celebrations in the Diocese (EN), Shrine of St. John Vianney, Ars-sur-Formans (EN), St. John Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests (1786-1859 (EN), San Juan Bautista Maria Vianney, Cura de Ars (SP), SAN GIOVANNI MARIA VIANNEY E IL DEMONIO (IT), SAINT JEAN-MARIE VIANNEY [1786-1859] (FR), Św. Jan Maria Vianney (PO). VIDEOS: Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney, Saint Jean-Marie Vianney the beloved holy priest of Ars, Biografia – San Juan Bautista María Vianney, Cura de Ars – 4 Agosto – 1 PARTE. NOVENA In Honor Of Saint John Marie Vianney. NOVENA in Honore di S Giovanni Maria Vianney.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. John Vianney on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand (February 22, 2011) Oceania See World Mission Rosary Intentions: Feburary 28, – March 18, 2011.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: