A Journey to Ars, France

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox to a small village in Eastern France called Ars. St. John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests, spent 41 years living in this small town with a population of about 780. The village contains two churches: the old 12th-Century church where St. Vianney preached and a new Basilica of Ars, where you can observe his preserved body in a glass coffin.

On this journey, we will learn about:

  • The incredible life of St. John Marie Vianney.
  • The area of Ars that have the Basilica, Chapel of the Heart, His home, and the old Church used by the Saint.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation also known as Confession – a beautiful gift given to us by the Lord.

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Featured Image courtesy of  Sanctuaire d’Ars captured from their Official Facebook Page. All rights reserved.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Every Consecrated Host is made to burn Itself up with love in a human heart.” – St. John Vianney

Get More Out of Your Journey:

Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia – Encyclical of Pope John XXIII written in honor of the 100th anniversary of St. John Vianney’s death.

A Prayer Written by St. John Vianney:

I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally.
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You,
I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath. Amen

A Closer Look at this Week’s Journey:

Where is the Shrine of St. John Vianney Located?

2 replies
  1. Ginny Davis
    Ginny Davis says:

    I understand that the Holy Door at the shrine will be opened on his feast day August 4, 2024. Is that correct, and how long will it stay open?

    • PCH Media
      PCH Media says:

      Hello, Ginny! Thank you for listening. We do not know the answer to your question, but if we do discover it, we’ll post it here! Blessings to you in your journey. -Angela Sealana, Media Coordinator


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