St. John Vianney was born in Lyons in 1786.  After overcoming many difficulties, he was ordained a priest.  His parish was in the town of Ars in the diocese of Belley.  He was renowned for his preaching, mortification, prayer and good works.  Because he was renowned for great skill in helping penitents, people came to him from many regions.  He died in 1859.

FEAST DAY:  August 4

PATRON OF:  Priests, confessors

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