(May 8, 1786 - August 4, 1859) was a French parish priest who became the patron saint of parish priests. He is often referred to, even in English, as the "Curé d'Ars" (the parish priest of the village of Ars).
He became famous internationally for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish due to the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Catholics attribute this to his saintly life, mortification, and persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession.
Propers for Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney - 8 August - Confessor, Priest and Renewer
O heavenly Father, Shepherd of thy people, we give thee thanks for thy servant John, who was faithful in the care and nurture of thy flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, we may by thy grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Epistle - Hebrews 12:1-2.
The Gospel - St. Matthew 25:31-40.
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