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Heart of St John Vianney arrives in England for four-day visit

By on Thursday, 5 July 2012

Bishop Bagnard, left, and Bishop Davies with the relic at Manchester Airport (Photo: Diocese of Salford)

Bishop Bagnard, left, and Bishop Davies with the relic at Manchester Airport (Photo: Diocese of Salford)

The miraculously incorrupt heart of St John Vianney has arrived in England.

The heart arrived at Manchester Airport 20 minutes ahead of schedule. It had been escorted from the village of Ars in France by Bishop Guy Claude Bagnard of Belley-Ars.

With local reporters in tow, the Bishop of Belley-Ars took the relic through the airport to a prayer room where it was received by Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury.

When Bishop Bagnard was asked if he was proud to be custodian of the relic, he said that it was impossible to use the word “proud” in the context of St John Vianney because of the saint’s humility.

The bishop also compared St John Vianney to Blessed John Henry Newman, saying that although the two men were different intellectually and culturally, they were both holy men who were devoted to the will of God.

The relic was then taken to be venerated at St Anthony’s church in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester. A Diocese of Salford spokesman said more than 400 people were there.


Visit schedule

Day Two: Friday July 6

A National Day: Praying for the Renewal of Parish Life and Vocations

Location: Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool

10am Morning Prayer and Homily
12pm Concelebrated Mass
3pm Vespers and Homily

Confessions and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day.

Location: St Michael’s and All Angels, Woodchurch, Wirral CH43 5LE

6pm-9pm: Veneration of the relic, Confessions concluding with Compline 8.45pm

Day Three: Saturday July 7

Location: St Wilfrid’s, Witton Street, Northwich Cheshire CW9 5NP

9am-11am Morning Prayer, Veneration of the relic and Confessions

Location: Shrewsbury Cathedral, Town Walls, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

12:30pm-5:30pm Mass and Veneration of the relic and Confessions

Location: Oscott College, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B73 5AA

Evening Invocation National Vocations Festival (This event is closed to the general public.)

Day Four: Sunday July 8

Morning: Invocation National Vocations Festival, Oscott (closed event.)

2:00-6:00pm Veneration of the relic and Vespers for people of Birmingham at Oscott (open to the public.)

Monday July 9

The relic of the heart of the Curé́ d’Ars returns to Ars

  • Gerardo Guerrero Calvo

    I hope he brings many blessings and graces to the people of the Diocese of Salford and the Parish of St Anthonys

  • oldjohntt

    I wait and wait for the Catholic Church in this country to move forward with
    the Good News of Jesus. Yet it constantly hangs on to the things of the past
    believing that therein lies salvation. I don’t believe that it does. Some things
    belong in the past and need to be left there. Veneration of saints body parts
    is surely one of them. I’m reminded of the saying attributed to St Teresa of
    Avila, ‘From silly devotions and sour faced saints, Good Lord, deliver us’. 

  • Thinking

    I agree with and the quotation seems good sense too.

  • Angela

    I have a message for you, don’t worry about being modern, or medieval, keep it simple, and feel the difference between good & evil.
    I held the heart of St John Vianney in my hands this morning, at Manchester Airport.  It was like being cocooned in warmth as the realisation of something so special in front of me.  Hours later I still feel it; I hope it never leaves me.

  • Gerardo Guerrero Calvo

    And yet she had great devotion to a ‘Saint ‘,, Saint Joseph

  • Anna Maria Todaro Lenihan

    Elisha died and was buried. At the time, bands of Moabites used to raid the land each year. Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they spied such a raiding band. So they cast the dead man into grave of Elisha, and everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet. (2 Kings 13:20-21)
    Thus they even carried the sick out  into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity  of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. (Acts 5: 15-16)

    So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. (Acts 19: 11-12)