Upcoming St. John Vianney anniversary

Pope Benedict XVI recently pointed out the upcoming 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, which will happen on August 4, 2009.  Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests. 

Connected with the anniversary, the Pope announced a special year dedicated to the priesthood to be observed within the Church, June 2009 (as the Pauline Year comes to a close) through June 2010.  The CNA article provides interesting details:

During the course of the Year, Benedict XVI will proclaim St. Jean Marie Vianney as the patron saint of all the priests of the world. A “Directory for Confessors and Spiritual Directors” will also be published, as will a collection of texts by the Holy Father on essential aspects of the life and mission of priests in our time.

The year will close June 19, 2010, with Pope Benedict presiding at a “World Meeting of Priests” in St. Peter’s Square.


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