St John Vianney (1786-1859). He was born near Lyons, France, ordained priest in Grenoble, and was assigned to the parish of Ars where he spent forty-two years. He was best known for his steadfast care of souls, for his spirit of prayer and mortification but, above all, for his tireless dedication to the Sacrament of Penance. He spent most of his life in the confessional, drawing energy from his intimate and constant friendship with our Lord in the Eucharist. Pius XI declared him Patron of the Universal Clergy. Daily Roman Missal

 

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