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St. John Mary Vianney
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 8 of August, repeating indefinitely
Born at Dardilly, near Lyons on May 8, 1786, St. John Mary Vianney was ordained priest at Grenoble in 1815. He was parish priest of Ars for nearly forty-two years and his influence still endures in the parish which he sanctified. His pastoral zeal, his mortifications and miracles transformed the population. Crowds flocked to the holy priest; on certain days he spent up to sixteen hours in his confessional. He died on August 4, 1859. Pius XI canonized him in 1925 and named him patron of the clergy.