As part of the Year for Priests initiative, the Bishops of Ireland have arranged a visit of the Relics of St John Vianney to Ireland from 25 – 29 April.

Visit of the Relics of St Jean Vianney

The Year for Priests was declared so as to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of the Cur of Ars, St John Mary Vianney, patron of parish priests worldwide. He was a humble and sincere priest who carried out his ministry in the spiritual decline following on the French Revolution. He lived a life of service, penance and prayer, transforming his parish and making it a centre of pilgrimage and healing.

The Bishops of Ireland have arranged a visit of the Relics of the Cur of Ars to our country from 25 – 29 April, the itinerary which is as follows:-

CORK Sunday, 25 April 2010
St Francis Church, Liberty Street

Theme: Vocations to the Priesthood

Every priest, every consecrated person, faithful to his or her vocation, radiates the joy of serving Christ and draws all Christians to respond to the universal call to holiness.

Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations (2010)

DUBLIN Monday, 26 April 2010
Church of St John Vianney, Ardlea

Theme: Social Outreach of the Cur of Ars

he regularly visited the sick and families, organised popular missions and patronal feasts, collected and managed funds for charitable and missionary works, embellished and furnished his parish church, cared for the orphans and teachers of the Providence (an institute he founded); provided for the education of children; founded confraternities and enlisted lay persons to work at his side.

Pope Benedict XVI, Letter Proclaiming the Year for Priests, 2009

KNOCK Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Our Ladys Shrine, Knock

Theme: The Sacrament of Reconciliation

It is not the sinner who returns to God to beg his forgiveness, but God himself who runs after the sinner and makes him return.

St John Vianney

ARMAGH Wednesday, 28 April 2010
St Patricks Cathedral, Armagh

Theme: The Eucharist and Pastoral Leadership

Consequently, the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood cannot be defined except through this multiple and rich interconnection of relationships which arise from the Blessed Trinity and are prolonged in the communion of the Church, as a sign and instrument of Christ, of communion with God and of the unity of all humanity.

Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobas, 1992.