Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Heart of St John Vianney to visit England

The excellent Bishop Mark Davies has arranged for the relics of St John Vianney to visit his diocese in early July 2012.
The heart of St John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, is to be brought to the Diocese of Shrewsbury next summer.
The three intentions of the four-day visit of the relic of the Cure of Ars in early July 2012 are to provide an occasion of prayer for the renewal of the ministerial priesthood in the diocese, to inspire new and generous vocations, and to spur the renewal of the missions and life of all parishes in the diocese.
The relic will be accompanied by the Rt Rev. Guy Bagnard, Bishop of Belley-Ars, France, and two priests of his diocese, and will be taken to a number of locations to provide opportunities for its veneration by priests and laity and as an invitation to prayer. A programme will be announced at a later date.
The visit is being arranged following a request by the Rt Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, to Bishop Bagnard when they met in September during a visit of the young Shrewsbury clergy to Ars, where three seminarians for the Shrewsbury Diocese are also in training. Bishop Bagnard later wrote to Bishop Davies to confirm that it would be possible to transport the heart of the saint to England.

Bishop Davies said: “I am delighted we can welcome this relic of St John Vianney to England. The Scriptures speak of the saints as those ‘witnesses’ who encourage us in our faith. This visible reminder of the heart of a simple and extraordinary pastor will encourage us to look to that love and truth found at the heart of the Catholic priesthood, for St John Vianney said simply: ‘The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.’
“This will be an invitation for everyone to pray for the renewal of the ministerial priesthood in our time, a renewed sense of mission in our parishes and for new and generous vocations for the future.”

7 comments:

EFpastor emeritus said...

That is great news. Hope priests outside of Shrewsbury will have an opportunity to venerate the relic.

RJ said...

What an excellent idea.

pelerin said...

That is a piece of good news.

I hope the visit will lead to more people finding out about the life of the Cure d'Ars. Before visiting Ars I knew very little about him. There are so many touching stories told including the celebrated one about him signing the petition saying he was not worthy to be their Priest.

A short walk out of the village into the countryside is the celebrated statue of 'La Rencontre' on the place where the Cure stopped a young local lad to ask him the way to his new parish. Thanking him he said 'Tu m'as montre le chemin d'Ars: Je te montrerai le chemin du ciel'.'You have shown me the way to Ars: I will show you the way to Heaven.'

Gigi said...

That's beautiful Pelerin.

Anonymous said...

The other piece of good news buried in this story is that he Diocese of Shrewsbury has three seminarians at Ars.

JARay said...

This is good news indeed. I will be in England in Early July. I would very much like to be able to venerate this relic.

thelicensedfool said...

That is great news. It would mean quite a lot to those of us in discernment to have a chance to venerate this particular relic as well.

If memory serves there are a couple of English Benedictine and Subiaco Congregation Abbeys not too far away from that part of the world

(Hey, I come from somewhere so far south that if I forget to brake outside my house then I fall in the sea - pretty much anywhere is close to Shrewsbury from that point of view)

If anyone hears any rumours of an official retreat / veneration visit do mention it.

LF