‘Heart of a priest’ relic tour will stop at cathedral May 10
COLORADO SPRINGS. St. Mary’s Cathedral has been added as a stop on a nationwide tour of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. The relic will be displayed for veneration on May 10 from 1-4 p.m. at the cathedral. All are invited.
The six-month “Heart of a Priest” tour began last November and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.
St. John Vianney was born in France in 1786 — a time of persecution for Catholics due to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. He entered the seminary but found the studies so difficult that he was nearly dismissed. After his ordination in 1815, he was assigned to the small rural village of Ars, where he undertook a life of heroic penance and prayer. He soon gained a reputation for wise spiritual counsel and the gift of reading hearts, and he often heard confessions for up to 18 hours a day. He remained in Ars for 40 years until his death in 1859. In 1909, his body was exhumed and found not to have decayed. Soon after, his heart was placed in a separate container and has been venerated along with his body in Ars. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925, and his feast day is Aug. 4.
From Colorado Springs, the relic will travel to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and then to St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver and the Augustine Institute on May 12. It will be at Curé d’ Ars Church in Denver on May 13. For more information, visit www.kofc.org/vianney.
(Catholic News Service contributed to this story.)