Saint John Vianney (Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, T.O.S.F., 1786-1859), was a French parish priest who became known worldwide as the Curé d’Ars, and esteemed internationally because of his untiring and profoundly efficacious pastoral commitment to his parish. He is now the patron saint of all parish priests. This plaque is a wonderful gift for a birthday, ordination, ordination anniversary, Christmas, and St. John Vianney’s feast day on August 4th.
A Carved Wood Statuette
This statuette, carved from wood and painted, stands 5.1 inches high (other sizes available). It was conceived, carved, and individually hand-finished in a monastic community of Sisters in France. This statuette is special gift for that special parish priest in your life!
The Curé of Ars – A Pastor “Accutely Aware of His Responsibilities”
After deserting from Napolean’s army in 1809, John stayed in hiding for 14 months. In 1810, he resumed his seminary studies, but was deemed too slow to succeed at the seminary in Lyons. Eventually, however, his piety was deemed of greater consequence than his scholastic aptitude, and he was ordained to the priesthood in 1815. Three years later, he was assigned as a parish priest in the small town of Ars. He saw firsthand the ugly aftermath of the French Revolution’s devastation of the Catholic Church: widespread religious ignorance and indifference. He then devoted much of his time to the confessional and to preaching against blasphemy and dancing. People began flocking to him from distant places to seek his counsel. Over 20,000 pilgrims a year were coming to him by 1855. In the last ten years of his life, he spent up to 12 hours everyday in the confessional during winter, and 16 hours in the summer. In 1929 he was declared the patron saint of all parish priests worldwide. On the 200th anniversary of his birth in 1986, Pope John Paul II declared during his visit to Ars that Saint John Vianney was a “rare example of a pastor acutely aware of his responsibilities…and a sign of courage for those who today experience the grace of being called to the priesthood.”