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Life of Blessed John B. Marie Vianney, Curé of Ars

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Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, T.O.S.F., (8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), commonly known in English as St John Vianney, was a French parish priest who is venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of all priests. He is often referred to as the "Curé d'Ars". He became internationally notable for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Catholics attribute this to his saintly life, mortification, his persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession, and his ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Saint Philomena.

This short biography of this beloved saint was written before he was canonized in 1925.

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Blessed John B. Marie Vianney CURE OF ARS


With a Novena and Litany to This Zealous Worker in The Vineyard of the Lord.

Compiled from Approved Sources.

New York: Joseph Schaefer, 9 Barclay Street.

Nihil obstat: THOMAS B. COTTER, PH.D., Censor.

Imprimatur JOHN M. FARLEY, Archbishop of New York. October 22, 1910.

Copyrighted, 1911, by Joseph Schaefer.


Spiritual reading has always been encouraged by our Holy Mother Church, because it strengthens our faith and stimulates us to be more devout in the practice of our religion. The materialistic tone and trend of most modern literature, however, makes the reading and dissemination of Catholic books all the more urgent and necessary at the present time.

The mind is moulded largely by reading and good minds were never more needed than to day, to combat the effects of the mental poison, which is daily absorbed by young and old through the medium of degrading literature... Continue reading book >>

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