Incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney to visit Diocese of Knoxville in May

Jim Wogan News

The incorrupt heart of Saint John (Jean) Vianney is displayed in its reliquary.

The incorrupt heart of Saint John (Jean) Vianney, a major relic of the patron saint of parish priests, will visit the Diocese of Knoxville on May 23 as part of its pilgrimage to the United States. The Knights of Columbus, entrusted with the relic on its national tour of the U.S., will be working with Bishop Richard F. Stika to finalize an agenda and opportunities for veneration, Mass, and additional possible ceremonies. Saint John Vianney died in 1859. When exhumed, his body was found to be incorrupt and is enshrined in Ars, France. His still intact heart was later removed. This major relic began a tour of the U.S. in 2018.  View this compelling video about one of those visits. Read more about the tour.  Below is the schedule for May 23:

7:30 am – Arrival of Relic at Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 711 S. Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919

8:05 am – Mass with students and faculty of Sacred Heart Catholic School

9:00 am – Public Veneration of Relic of St. John Vianney

12:00 noon – Mass celebrated by Bishop Stika with Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Diocese of Knoxville

1:00 pm – Public Veneration 

7:00 pm – Evening prayer and Recitation of the Rosary 

8:00 pm – End of veneration