Curé d’Ars: Saint John Vianney
It is often and wrongly stated that Vianney was the first parish priest to be canonised. However, his particular charism was to be so completely identified with his parish and to do so many routine things so well for so long. Here is the amazing account of how this simple man, without great expectations beyond saving souls, transformed an insignificant backwater parish in traumatised, post-Revolution France, against all the odds. Written by acknowledged Vianney expert, it makes the current ‘Year for Priests’, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the saint’s death.