PRIESTS

FOR THE MISSION

INSPIRED BY THE CURÉ OF ARS

PRIESTS FOR THE MISSION

How can priests be helped to live their priesthood fully in the joy and fervour of their own ministry? How can priestly vocations be inspired and developed? The SJMV works to promote the priesthood, and to establish fraternities of diocesan priests who share their mission inspired by St John-Mary Vianney, the Curé of Ars.

By seeing priests who are happy in their ministry and with a clear and true understanding of their priesthood, we can give young men the desire to be priests of Jesus Christ, bearing fruit together in the mission. For us, the central figure of the Curé of Ars tells us something essential about the priesthood. We are not all Curés of Ars! But we want, like him, to do what is required in order to advance along the path of holiness.

THE CHARISM OF THE SOCIETY OF SAINT JOHN-MARY VIANNEY

How to best assist priests to fully carry out their priesthood in the joy and radiance of their own ministry? How to facilitate the development of sacerdotal vocations? The SJMV works towards promoting priesthood and form fraternities of diocesan priests approaching the mission in togetherness, the Saint John Mary Vianney way.

Seeing happy priests with a just and clear concept of the priesthood will inspire young men to become priests of Jesus Christ; together they will create a fruitful mission. The figure of Saint John Mary Vianney is absolutely central because it teaches something essential about the priest’s role; and, as unfortunately, we are not as advanced as Saint John Mary Vianney, we need inspiration in order to progress on the path of holiness.

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THE PRIESTS’ FOYER

Situated in the place where Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in 1986, the International Priests’ Foyer of the Society of St John-Mary Vianney is a guest house at the service of the priesthood. Run by priests, consecrated persons and lay members of the SJMV, it is open to all priests.

Everyone can feel at home, in its simple and warm environment of prayer, just like the welcome which the Curé of Ars, in his day, gave to his fellow priests. Set up to help priests to make a pilgrimage to Ars, the Foyer also organises retreats and study sessions. The Foyer welcomes priests and seminarians alone or in groups for times of retreat and renewal.

 

THE PRIESTS’ FOYER

Situated in the place where Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in 1986, the International Priests’ Foyer of the Society of St John-Mary Vianney is a guest house at the service of the priesthood. Run by priests, consecrated persons and lay members of the SJMV, it is open to all priests.

Everyone can feel at home, in its simple and warm environment of prayer, just like the welcome which the Curé of Ars, in his day, gave to his fellow priests. Set up to help priests to make a pilgrimage to Ars, the Foyer also organises retreats and study sessions. The Foyer welcomes priests and seminarians alone or in groups for times of retreat and renewal.

THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINARY OF ARS

Marked by the grace of Ars and the charism of the Society of St John-Mary Vianney, the seminary accomplishes its mission of forming priests who, following the Curé of Ars, wish to be made holy by making their brothers holy. To live in the seminary, the school of the Gospel, means following Christ like the Apostles, and allowing oneself to be placed by Christ at the service of the Father and of men, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to be configured to Christ the Good Shepherd, so as to render a more faithful priestly service in the Church, for the world. Being formed for the priesthood means being trained to give a personal answer to the most basic question posed by Christ: “Do you love me?” The response, for the future priest, can only be the complete gift of one’s whole life.

THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINARY OF ARS

Marked by the grace of Ars and the charism of the Society of St John-Mary Vianney, the seminary accomplishes its mission of forming priests who, following the Curé of Ars, wish to be made holy by making their brothers holy. To live in the seminary, the school of the Gospel, means following Christ like the Apostles, and allowing oneself to be placed by Christ at the service of the Father and of men, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to be configured to Christ the Good Shepherd, so as to render a more faithful priestly service in the Church, for the world. Being formed for the priesthood means being trained to give a personal answer to the most basic question posed by Christ: “Do you love me?” The response, for the future priest, can only be the complete gift of one’s whole life.

A MODEL OF PRIESTHOOD

In his time, a great number of people came to Ars to meet St John-Mary Vianney. They were seeking advice, prayer or  the strengthening of their faith. Still today the Curé of Ars attracts crowds of lay people and priests. By his simple faith-filled life, he speaks to the people of our age and calls each of them back to the fundamental reality of our lives: “God is there”. Convinced of his powerful intercession, our Society turns to him to ask that we priests may always be more conformed in our ministry to the gift of grace we received at our Ordination.

A MODEL OF PRIESTHOOD

In his time, a great number of people came to Ars to meet St John-Mary Vianney. They were seeking advice, prayer or  the strengthening of their faith. Still today the Curé of Ars attracts crowds of lay people and priests. By his simple faith-filled life, he speaks to the people of our age and calls each of them back to the fundamental reality of our lives: “God is there”. Convinced of his powerful intercession, our Society turns to him to ask that we priests may always be more conformed in our ministry to the gift of grace we received at our Ordination.