Archdiocese to host relic of patron saint of priests

BRIGHTON --The Archdiocese of Boston will host the sacred relic of the heart of St. John Vianney Oct. 12-14. The night of Oct. 12 is an evening of prayer, veneration and discussion for priests, deacons, seminarians and religious brothers at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. The events of October 13 and 14 are open to the public. The full schedule of the events is included in this week’s Archdiocesan Calendar.

“We are blessed to be able to share in and experience this important and sacred relic. St. John Vianney, Curé of Ars and the patron of priests, inspires us and calls us to pray for priests and a greater commitment to building a culture of vocations. St John Vianney had a great love for the Priesthood and helps us to see the need for priestly vocations,” said Father Daniel Hennessey, vocations director for the archdiocese.

[Editor’s note: For more on the relic and the life of St. John Vianney, see Father Daniel Hennessey’s opinion piece, “Come and see the heart of a priest!”]