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Jean Vianney

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St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney (1786-1859) is a Catholic saint, who is remembered on the anniversary of his death, the 4th August. He was parish priest of Ars, in France. During his time there, he founded an orphanage for girls, and became internationally famous for his spiritual direction. In 1874, Pius IX declared him Venerable, and he was finally canonised by Pius XI in 1925.

He is the patron saint of secular priests.

St. Jean-Marie Vianney was vigoriously tormented by the devil. This was primarily due to his hearing of Confessions for hours on end, sometimes up to 16-18 hours per day. So powerful was the work of God in him that the very obscure town of Ars, France became so visited that a line of train track was laid from Lyons. Now again the town has returned to being less frequented (except by those on pilgrimage) in that Ars cannot be reached by train or bus.

He himself was greatly devoted to St. Philomena, to whom he attributed many miraculous occurrences.

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