Friday, May 10, 2019

Relic of the Curé d’Ars Visits Connecticut Parish

The church of St Catherine of Siena in Trumbull, Connecticut, the restoration of which we covered last month, recently welcomed the relic of the heart of St Jean-Marie Vianney, the Curé d’Ars. A Mass was celebrated for a standing-room only congregation by H.E. Daniel Cronin, archbishop emeritus of Hartford, on the evening of Monday, April 29, the feast day of the parish’s patron Saint. An all-night vigil immediately followed Mass and lasted well into the morning; people from all over Connecticut and beyond came to pray in the presence of the heart, which is still intact, although St Jean-Marie died 160 years ago. Fr Joseph Marcello, pastor of St Catherine, writes to say, “The turnout on Monday and especially through the night was clear evidence that people are searching for the truth and recognizing holiness in our midst. It was so encouraging, and a very bright light in the midst of the shadows of the scandals which have caused such pain to everyone who loves Christ and the Church.”

The Shrine of Ars, France has entrusted the heart of St John Vianney to the Knights of Columbus for a national tour of the United States through June 2019; for more information, please visit

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