Happy Feast Day St John Mary Vianney – Confessor and Patron of Priests
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney (8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), commonly known in English as St John Vianney, was a French parish priest who in the Catholic Church is venerated as a saint and as the patron saint of all priests. He is often referred to as the “Curé d’Ars”. He became internationally notable for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Catholics attribute this to his saintly life, mortification, his persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession, and his ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Philomena. Read more…
From the 1962 Missal Collect of the Mass.
Almighty and merciful God, Who made St. John Mary glorious by priestly zeal and untiring fervor in prayer and penance, grant, we beseech You, that by his example and intercession, we may have strength to win for Christ the souls of our brethren and, with them, attain everlasting glory.