Relic of St. John Vianney’s incorrupt heart on tour

Discussion in 'The Saints' started by BrianK, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. BrianK

    BrianK Proud2bRC Staff Member

    Heads up: KoC has brought the relic of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney to America and tour dates and locations can be found at
    A friend went to venerate the relic in Connecticut two days ago:

    Definitely a worthwhile pilgrimage, especially for priests, potential priests, and for us to pray for our priests!
  2. ESanti

    ESanti Angels

    Tomorrow (some may do it in July 27th) we start the Novena to this great Saint, John Marie Baptist Vianney. Let´s pray also for the priesthood, the Pope and the Holy Church.

    St. John Vianney’s life story is one of how determination to serve the Lord triumphed over the many obstacles he met along the way. Though a very simple and humble person, St. John Vianney became renowned for converting sinners with gentle words. He would spend eleven to sixteen hours per day just to hear confessions and convert sinners.

    Born in Dardilly, France on 8 May 1786, from his devout Catholic family he learned to be deeply religious to an extent where he has been known to practice mortification from his early youth. When the French Revolution came, many people expressed disapproval of the clergy who were seen as burdens of the state. Masses were declared illegal so John’s family had to attend masses held by priests in secret locations. (seems like a near future...)

    The sacrifices by the priests, in the eyes of young John, was very heroic and he learned to look up to them. Through these brave priests, John was able to receive the sacraments.

    By 1809 Napoleon had declared war on Spain, and John was one of those who were conscripted. By some form of divine intervention perhaps, John first missed his regiment’s deployment, then was led to join a group of deserters. A general amnesty for deserters in 1810 allowed him to continue pursuing his studies.

    It was in this village of only 230 people where John Vianney realized the adverse effect the French Revolution had on religion, spirituality and morals. He found that people, for the most part, did not find religion relevant. John set out to effect a spiritual renewal by attacking the social ills he saw in his homilies and in the confessional. Soon the effects of his homilies and especially his work in the confessional became so famous that people from other places visited just to have him hear their confessions. This became the focal point of his ministry that the bishop even asked him to forego retreats in order to continue saving lost souls.

    St. John heard confessions eleven to sixteen hours each day just to accommodate the pilgrims coming to Ars. In 1843, he became very ill and was only cured through the intercession of St. Philomena, of whom he was a great devotee. He died in 1859, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925.
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