Wednesday, August 4, 2021
St. John Vianney was a parish priest who lived from 1786 to 1859. Due to the anti-clerical sentiment of the French Revolution during his youth, he made his first communion and first reconciliation in secret. Later he felt called to the priesthood. He had no formal education and found the scholastic work required for ordination very difficult. Evenutally he became a parish priest in the village of Ars.
St. John Vianney was known for his holiness, his dedication to our Blessed Mother, and his reputation as a confessor. He is the patron saint of parish priests. His feast day is August 4. He is also called The Cure of Ars.