Thursday, March 26, 2009

Play about life of St. John Vianney to tour U.S. in 2009

cross-posted from A Catholic View

A production of a play on the life of St. John Vianney will begin its U.S. tour this August, traveling to parishes, theaters, seminaries, universities and Catholic schools to help mark the Year of the Priesthood declared by Pope Benedict XVI.

The play "Vianney" is produced by Leonardo Defilippis, director and star of the film Thérèse. It tells the story of St. John Vianney, who lived from 1786 to 1859. The play will discuss the life of the saint, also known as the Curé of Ars, from his childhood during the French Revolution through his forty years as parish priest in the small village of Ars, France.

Pilgrims from across the globe flocked to the priest for confession and for his preaching. Ars itself changed from a lax community to a thriving Christian center.

Ordinary witnesses reported that the Virgin Mary regularly appeared at the rectory to converse with the saint, while the devil reportedly tried to harass him. Miracles of multiplying bread for the hungry, healing and prophecy also followed the saint.

Pope Benedict declared June 2009 through June 2010 as the Year of the Priesthood, dedicated to St. John Vianney.

Defilippis said in a press release that the focus on the saint is "right on target."


Leticia said...

This sounds fantastic, I'll be looking for a chance to see it.

Anonymous said...

Where and when can we see this.
I have a whole group of women that would be interested in going.

I can't find any show dates on this site.

Stephanie said...

From Stephanie in Toledo, Ohio
My husband and I were able to see the show last night at St. Rose parish in Perrysburg. It was awesome. Everyone should see this play if they get the chance.