Ordinary Time: August 4th
Memorial of St. John Vianney, Priest; Blessed Frederic Janssoone OFM (Canada)
Other Commemorations: Bl. Frederic Janssoone, OFM, priest (Canada) ; Other Titles: Curé d'Ars
St. John Baptist Mary Vianney (1786-1859) was born in Dardilly and died in Ars, France. Although his talents were limited and his education meager, he was ordained a priest in 1815. After three years at Ecully, he was appointed parish priest of Ars. Here he spent almost forty-two years of his life, devoting himself to prayer, mortification, and pastoral works. His success in directing souls made him known throughout the Christian world. Men of all ranks and conditions of life sought his guidance and advice. He was beatified by Pope St. Pius X, himself once a parish priest, and canonized by Pope Pius XI.Today is the feast of St. Dominic in the previous calendar (1962), with St. John Vianney's feast on August 8. St. Dominic's feast is now celebrated on August 8. Today in Canada is the feast day of Blessed Frederic Janssoone, a Franciscan priest who was born in France, served in the Holy Land, and died in Canada. He initiated a spiritual renewal in Canada based on meditation on the suffering and passion of Christ.
St. John Vianney
During the French Revolution a small band of Ursuline nuns was imprisoned in the Bastille. To cheer her disconsolate companions, one of the group passed wheaten discs of bread, cut from the loaf of the daily rations, to memorialize the happy days when they were free and could receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. At that time all religious schools and churches were closed, and those who harbored priests were imprisoned.
- The Collect praises St. John Vianney's zeal for souls and his spirit of prayer and penance. Say a special prayer today that by his example and intercession we too may win the souls of our brothers for Christ.
- See Catholic Culture's special section dedicated to the Curé d'Ars for the Year of the Priests, 2009-2010.
- Say a prayer for priests that they may persevere in their vocation. If you haven't been to confession for a while resolve to do so right away and be sure that you remember to say an extra prayer for your confessor.
- From the Catholic Culture library: Pope John XXIII holds St. John Vianney as a model for the priesthood in this Encyclical.
- June 19, 2009—June 19, 2010, was The Year for Priests declared by Pope Benedict XVI, which held St. John Vianney in particular prominence and example, and he was proclaimed as patron saint of all the priests of the world. Although some links are no longer present, see Catholic Culture's special section for the Year for Priests.
- Read this longer life of the Curé of Ars and also these excerpts from his sermons.
- More information about St. John Vianney can be found here and here.
Bl. Frédéric Janssoone OFM
Frédéric Janssoone was born on November 19, 1838, in the North of France. His mother was Flemish. His parents are devout and cultured people and give him a solid education. He loses his father on January 13, 1848, when he is only nine years old. Four years later Frédéric feels a call to priesthood and enters the Collège d’Hazebrouck, first, and then the Institution Notre-Dame des Dunes. In 1855, though, he has to leave school to look for a job to support his mother.
- See the website dedicated to Frédéric Janssoone 1838-1916.
- See the Canadian Bishop's page about Blessed Frederic.
- Read more about Blessed Frédéric Janssoone here and here.