THE JOHN MARY VIANNEY SOCIETY

“The sacerdotal associations are a fraternal network helping priests to sanctify themselves whilst exercising their ministry, they serve the whole of the Order of priests.”

Presbyterorum Ordinis 08.

WHAT IS THE JOHN MARY VIANNEY SOCIETY ?

The SJMV is an association of diocesan priests. It was founded in April 1990 by Mgr Guy-Marie Bagnard, Bishop of Belley-Ars. It strives to support the renewal of the diocesan presbyteral ministry by applying the directives of the Vatican II Council : “Priests still need to support each other in the process of the on-going development of their spiritual and intellectual life, to improve their cooperation (…) This provides yet again a further motivation to achieve a degree of communal life for priests.” (Vatican II, Presbyterorum Ordinis n°8)

Support the renewal

of the diocesan

presbyteral ministry

The Priest of Ars
as model

Togetherness to support a communal mission

The SJMV finds in the figure of the Priest of Ars, the essential aspects of the priesthood  in conformity with the tradition of the Church. It considers his life as a calling and a path for achieving sacerdotal holiness in today’s world.

The Society’s members live their calling as a consecration of their lives, always improving on the way they celebrate the Eucharist. Conscious of a close fraternity binding them together through priesthood and united charisma, they experience this unity through communal life for a communal mission given to them (Statutes of the SJMV N°7).

The vast majority of Society’s members lives at the heart of dioceses in order to renew and support the diocesan ministry. They are often gathered in sacerdotal fraternities for mutual support through prayer and local activities in the spirit of Ars.

The Mother House of the SJMV is located a few steps away from the Sanctuary of Ars, on site with the International Seminary which is managed by the SJMV. The Saint John Paul II Sacerdotal Foyer is in the same building and welcomes all year round, priests and seminarians from all over the world. They come to resource themselves near the Priest of Ars.

THE JOHN MARY VIANNEY SOCIETY

The SJMV is an association of diocesan priests. It was founded in April 1990 by Mgr Guy-Marie Bagnard, Bishop of Belley-Ars. It strives to support the renewal of the diocesan presbyteral ministry by applying the directives of the Vatican II Council.

The SJMV finds in the figure of the Priest of Ars, the essential aspects of the priesthood  in conformity with the tradition of the Church. It considers his life as a calling and a path for achieving sacerdotal holiness in today’s world.

The Society’s members live their calling as a consecration of their lives, always improving on the way they celebrate the Eucharist. Conscious of a close fraternity binding them together through priesthood and united charisma, they experience this unity through communal life for a communal mission given to them (Statutes of the SJMV N°7).

The vast majority of Society’s members lives at the heart of dioceses in order to renew and support the diocesan ministry. They are often gathered in sacerdotal fraternities for mutual support through prayer and local activities in the spirit of Ars.

The Mother House of the SJMV is located a few steps away from the Sanctuary of Ars, on site with the International Seminary which is managed by the SJMV. The Saint John Paul II Sacerdotal Foyer is in the same building and welcomes all year round, priests and seminarians from all over the world. They come to resource themselves near the Priest of Ars.

Since Holy Thursday 2002, the SJMV has become a clerical association under pontifical rule linked to the Congregation for the Clergy. The opportunity to incardinate few members within the SJMV has been granted on 29th June 2008. Definitive statutes for the full integration of incardination were confirmed on 22nd August 2009.

Since Holy Thursday 2002, the SJMV has become a clerical association under pontifical rule linked to the Congregation for the Clergy.

The opportunity to incardinate few members within the SJMV has been granted on 29th June 2008. Definitive statutes for the full integration of incardination were confirmed on 22nd August 2009.

THE CHARISMA OF THE SOCIETY

The essential values of this charisma can be summarised as follows :

Mission of the Church

A deep yearning to announce the Good News to the world : “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you” (Jn 20:21) – “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (Cor 9:16)

Brotherhood life in fraternities

The desire and ability to live a certain degree of community life, with in particular some time of sharing centred upon the Gospel as a mean for everyone to reflect on their lives and to spur one another on towards holiness.

Deepening of the faith

An earnest urge for a deepened understanding of doctrine attained by striving to draw nourishment through the Word of God and seeking great fidelity to the Magisterium.

Deep inner life

A great importance attached to the inner life centred through silent prayer upon the Eucharist celebrated and adored, and live in union with Mary Mother of the Church and of the priesthood.

Serving in dioceses

The will to work in one’s diocese while remaining open to other calls. The gift received through their ordination prepares all priests for a mission of salvation on a universal scale.

Self-giving to the example of Christ

Lived in a priestly consecration following the example of the poor, chaste and obedient Christ, in the spirit of Saint John Mary Vianney.

THE CHARISMA OF THE SOCIETY

The essential values of this charisma can be summarised as follows :

Mission of the Church

A deep yearning to announce the Good News to the world : “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you” (Jn 20:21) – “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (Cor 9:16)

Brotherhood life in fraternities

The desire and ability to live a certain degree of community life, with in particular some time of sharing centred upon the Gospel as a mean for everyone to reflect on their lives and to spur one another on towards holiness.

Deepening of the faith

An earnest urge for a deepened understanding of doctrine attained by striving to draw nourishment through the Word of God and seeking great fidelity to the Magisterium.

Deep inner life

A great importance attached to the inner life centred through silent prayer upon the Eucharist celebrated and adored, and live in union with Mary Mother of the Church and of the priesthood.

Serving in dioceses

The will to work in one’s diocese while remaining open to other calls. The gift received through their ordination prepares all priests for a mission of salvation on a universal scale.

Self-giving to the example of Christ

Lived in a priestly consecration following the example of the poor, chaste and obedient Christ, in the spirit of Saint John Mary Vianney.

A SACERDOTAL MODEL

In his time, a large number of people came to Ars to meet Saint John Mary Vianney. They were seeking advice, a special prayer and more generally some form of consolation. Today, the Saintly Priest still attracts huge numbers of Christian pilgrims and priests. Through his simplicity of life, his unbreakable faith, he still speaks to our contemporaries and reminds each of us of the fundamental reality of our lives : “God is here!” Strong of his powerful mediation, the SJMV turns to him to ask that priests are always connected during their ministry to the gift of grace received at the time of their ordinations.

A SACERDOTAL MODEL

In his time, a large number of people came to Ars to meet Saint John Mary Vianney. They were seeking advice, a special prayer and more generally some form of consolation. Today, the Saintly Priest still attracts huge numbers of Christian pilgrims and priests. Through his simplicity of life, his unbreakable faith, he still speaks to our contemporaries and reminds each of us of the fundamental reality of our lives : “God is here!” Strong of his powerful mediation, the SJMV turns to him to ask that priests are always connected during their ministry to the gift of grace received at the time of their ordinations.