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Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest

Saint John Mary Vianney

Also known as

• Curé of Ars
• Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney
• Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney
• Jean-Baptiste Vianney
• John Baptist Vianney

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Born to a farm family. In his youth John taught other children their prayers and catechism. Ordained in 1815, though it took several years of study - he had little education, was not a very good student, and his Latin was terrible. Assigned as a parochial vicar to Ecully, France. In 1818 he was assigned to the parish of Ars-sur-Formans, France, a tiny village near Lyons, which suffered from very lax attendance. He began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor, spent days in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, did penance for his parishioners, and leading his people by example. Had the gifts of discernment of spirits, prophecy, hidden knowledge, and of working miracles. Tormented by evil spirits, especially when he tried to get his 2-3 hours of sleep each night. Crowds came to hear him preach, and to make their reconciliation because of his reputation with penitents; by 1855 there were 20,000 pilgrims a year to Ars. Spent 40 years as the parish priest.

Born

8 May 1786 at Dardilly, Lyons, France

Died

• 4 August 1859 at Ars, France of natural causes
• interred in the basilica of Ars

Canonized

31 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

Patronage

• confessors
• priests (proclaimed on 23 April 1929 by Pope Pius XI)
• Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney
• Dubuque, Iowa, archdiocese of
• Kamloops, British Columbia, diocese of
• Kansas City, Kansas, archdiocese of
• Lafayette, Louisiana, diocese of
• Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, archdiocese of

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList
Sermons of the Cure d'Ars (audio book)
The Man Who Fought the Devil (audio book)

Readings

Man is a beggar who needs to ask God for everything. - Saint John Vianney

All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone - for the good, and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much as those who do us good. - Saint John Vianney

If people would do for God what they do for the world, what a greatnumber of Christians would go to Heaven. - Saint John Vianney

You either belong wholly to the world or wholly to God. - Saint John Vianney

I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the Cross than in serving the world and its pleasures. - Saint John Vianney

You cannot please both God and the world at the same time, They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions. - Saint John Vianney

We must always choose the most perfect. Two good works present themselves to be done, one in favour of a person we love, the other in favour of a person who has done us some harm. Well, we must give preference to the latter. - Saint John Vianney

We should consider those moments spent before the Blessed Sacrament as the happiest of our lives. - Saint John Vianney

My little children, reflect on these words: the Christian's treasure is not on earth but in heaven. Our thoughts, then, ought to be directed to where out treasure is. This is the glorious duty of man: to pray and to love. If you pray and love, that is where a man's happiness lies. Prayer is nothing else but union with God. In this intimate union, God and the soul are fused together like two bits of wax that no one can every pull apart. This union of god with a tiny creature is a lovely thing. It is a happiness beyond understanding. My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun. Some men immerse themselves as deeply in prayer as fish in water, because they give themselves totally to God. O, how I love these noble souls! How unlike them we are! How often we come to church with no idea of what to do or what to ask for. And yet, whenever we go to any human being, we know well enough why we go. And still worse, there are some who seem to speak to the good God like this: "I will only say a couple of things to you, and then I will be rid of you." I often think that when we come to adore the Lord, we would receive everything we ask for, if we would ask with living faith and with a pure heart. - from the catechetical instructions by Saint John Mary Vianney

Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself. - Saint John Vianney

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-mary-vianney/


Blessed Frédéric Janssone

Also known as

• Frédéric de Ghyvelde
• Frédéric de Saint-Yves
• Frédéric-Cornil
• Frédéric-Yves

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Youngest of 13 children in a wealthy farm family, Frederic grew up in France but his language at home was Flemish. His father died when the boy was nine. Frederic felt an early call to the priesthood, and entered the junior seminary in his diocese, but dropped out to become a travelling salesman, working to support his family. His family obligations finally fulfilled, Frederic joined the Franciscans in his early 20's. Ordained in 1870. Miliary chaplain in the Franco-Prussian War. Assigned to the Holy Lands, he re-built the Stations of the Cross in the streets of Jerusalem, built a church in Bethlehem, and negotiated agreements between Roman, Greek and Armenian church authorities about the use of sanctuaries in Jerusalem. He first travelled to Canada in 1881 on a fund-raising trip, but returned to stay in 1888 where he worked for the next 28 years. Helped develop the shrine of Our Lady at Cap-de-la-Madeleine in Quebec, and witnessed the vision of a statue of Mary opening its eyes. Wrote biographies of the saints, newspaper articles, and, calling on his childhood training, sold religious books door to door including thousands of copies of his Manual for the Third Order. His work effectively re-established the Franciscan secular order in Canada.

Born

19 November 1838 in Ghyvelde, Nord, France

Died

• 4 August 1916 in the Franciscan Infirmary in Montreal, Quebec, Canada of stomach cancer
• buried in the friary chapel in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Beatified

25 September 1988 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

Secular Franciscan Regional Fraternity of Eastern Canada

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-frederic-janssone/


Saint Sithney

Also known as

Sezin, Sezni

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Emigrated from Britain to Guic-Sezni, Brittany (in modern France) where he founded a monastery. A Breton legend says that God chose Sithney to be the patron of girls seeking husbands; the saint begged off, saying he would never get to rest, that he would rather take care of mad dogs than women. Sounded like a good idea to the Almighty, and ever since, sick or mad dogs have been given water from Sithney's well as a tonic.

Born

in the British Isles

Died

• c.529 of natural causes
• relics at the monastery of Guic-Sezni, Brittany, France

Patronage

• against hydrophobia
• against rabies
• against mad dogs
• Sithney, Cornwall, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sithney/


Blessed Josep Rabasa Betanachs

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Worked as a cook at the Salesian house in Sarria, Barcelona, Spain. Joined the Salesians a co-adjutor brother in 1892, and continued to work in the house's kitchen until his health began to fail in old age. At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he worked with the wounded the Salesian infirmary, but was executed for holding to his faith. Martyr.

Born

26 July 1862 in Noves, Lleida, Spain

Died

4 August 1936 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-josep-rabasa-betanachs/


Saint Aristarchus of Thessalonica

Also known as

• Aristarco
• Aristarque
• Arystarch

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Convert and spiritual student of Saint Paul the Apostle, he worked with Paul in Ephesus, Corinth, Jerusalem, and Rome (Acts 20:1; 27:2; Philemon 24). In the Epistle to the Colossians, Paul calls him "my fellow prisoner" referring to the time they were both imprisoned in Ephesus. First bishop of Thessalonica. Martyr.

Born

Thessalonica

Died

beheaded in the 1st century in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aristarchus-of-thessalonica/


Blessed Gonzalo Gonzalo y Gonzalo

Additional Memorial

30 July as one of the Martyred Hospitallers of Spain

Profile

Joined the Hospitallers of Saint John of God in 1931, making his final hows in August 1932. Worked at the Saint Rafael asylum hospital in Madrid, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

24 February 1909 in Conquezuela, Soria, Spain

Died

shot on 4 August 1936 in Madrid, Spain

Beatified

25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gonzalo-gonzalo-y-gonzalo/


Saint Eleutherius of Bithynia

Also known as

• Eleutherius of Tarso
• Eleutherius of Tarsius
• Eleuterio of...

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Imperial Roman senator. Chamberlain to Emperor Maximian Galerius at Constantinople. Convert to Christianity, after which he withdrew from the imperial court to his country estate in Bithynia. The persecutions caught up with him there, though. Martyr.

Died

• beheaded c.305 in Bithynia
• buried the place of executions, and a church was built over his grave

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eleutherius-of-bithynia/


Blessed Josep Batalla Parramon

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Joined the Salesians, making his solemn vows on 7 December 1894. Ordained in 1900. Teacher. Expelled from his teaching duties at the start of the Spanish Civil War, he worked with those wounded in the conflict until murdered by the anti-Christian forces for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.

Born

15 January 1873 in Abella, Lleida, Spain

Died

4 August 1936 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-josep-batalla-parramon/


Blessed Gil Rodicio y Rodicio

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Born to pious family. Joined the Salesians in Sarria, Barcelona, Spain in 1908. Worked as distributor of the bakery in Sarria, giving not just of the work of his house but his own sources to the poor. Teacher. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

20 March 1888 in Requero, Orense, Spain

Died

4 August 1936 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gil-rodicio-y-rodicio/


Blessed William Horne

Additional Memorial

4 May as one of the Carthusian Martyrs

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Carthusian lay brother of the Charterhouse in London, England. Martyred for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as head of the Church.

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 4 August 1540 in Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-william-horne/


Saint Euphronius of Tours

Also known as

Eufronio

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Born to a senatorial family, and known as a pious youth. Bishop of Tours, Neustria (in modern France) in Saint Radegund of Poitiers to spread veneration of the Holy Cross. Chaired the Council of Tours in 567. Worked to rebuild Tours after a massively destructive fire. Founded several parishes in his diocese.

Born

530

Died

573

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-euphronius-of-tours/


Saint Onofrio of Panaia

Also known as

• Onofrio Catanzaro
• Onofrio the Hermit
• Onofre...

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Hermit in the forests of Panaia, Calabria, Italy who followed the Basilian Rule and was known for his piety, wisdom and his ascetic way of life.

Died

995 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-onofrio-of-panaia/


Saint Lua of Limerick

Also known as

Lugid, Molua

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Spiritual student of Saint Comgall of Bangor. Founded several monasteries. Known for his ascetic life and his simple gentleness with man and beast.

Born

554 in Limerick, Ireland

Died

c.609

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lua-of-limerick/


Saint Rainerio of Split

Also known as

Raniero, Rainerius, Raynerius, Reynerius, Rajnerije, Arnir

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Monk. Bishop. Martyred for defending the rights of the Church against civil authorities.

Died

stoned to death in Split, Dalmatia (in modern Croatia)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rainerio-of-split/


Saint Perpetua of Rome

Profile

Lay woman married to a pagan imperial Roman army officer. Convert to Christianity, baptized by Saint Peter the Apostle. Mother of Saint Nazarius of Rome.

Died

• c.80
• relics enshrined in Milan, Italy and Cremona, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-perpetua-of-rome/


Saint Agabius of Verona

Profile

Third century bishop of Verona, Italy.

Died

c.250

Readings

Eminent for his love of God, for his gentle manners and for his liberality towards the poor. - Cardinal Baronius writing about Saint Agabius

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agabius-of-verona/


Saint Epiphanes of Besançon

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Martyr venerated at the cathedral at Besançon, France until the French Revolution. His story may have been recorded until then, but we have no information about them now.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-epiphanes-of-besancon/


Saint Isidore of Besançon

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Martyr venerated at the cathedral at Besançon, France until the French Revolution. His story may have been recorded until then, but we have no information about them now.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-isidore-of-besancon/


Saint Ia of Persia

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Born a slave. Martyred in the persecution of King Shapur II for her success in converting Persian women to the faith.

Born

Greek

Died

tortured, flogged and beheaded in 360 in Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ia-of-persia/


Saint Hyacinth of Rome

Also known as

Giacinto, Jacinto

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Martyr.

Died

on the Via Labicana, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hyacinth-of-rome-4-august/


Saint Tertullinus of Rome

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Priest. Martyred two days after his ordination in the persecutions of Valerian.

Died

257

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tertullinus-of-rome/


Saint Protasius of Cologne

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Martyr honoured in Cologne, Germany. His details have not survived.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-protasius-of-cologne/


Saint Justin of Rome

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Martyr.

Died

on the Via Tiburtina, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-justin-of-rome-4-august/


Saint Crescentio of Rome

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Martyr.

Died

on the Via Tiburtina, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-crescentio-of-rome/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Antonio Arrue Peirano
• Berchan
• Bertha of Cavriglia
• Cecilia Cesarini
• Egidio of Seville
• Henryk Jozef Krzysztofik
• John of the Cross
• Onofrio of Panaia


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