Jean-Marie Vianney

Accentuate the positive: the Curate of Ars

Enter any French Catholic church and you will probably find two statues beyond those of Mary, Joseph and of course Jesus: Joan of Arc and the Curé d’Ars. You can see a typical example above: black cassock, surplice, stole in the style of the era, and a rather unflattering rendition of the saint.

In a way, the peasant girl from Domrémy and the ignoramus from Dardilly have some commonalities…

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Pierre Whalon

Pierre Whalon

Bishop in charge, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, 2001–2019. French-American. Musician, composer, author, happily married. www.pierrewhalon.info