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Monument de la Rencontre

Monument of the Encounter

St. Jean-Marie Vianney (Dardilly, Rhône 1786 - Ars 1859)
French parish priest; patron saint of parish priests; often referred to as the "Curé d'Ars" (i.e., Parish Priest of Ars) (Wikipedia)
Antoine Givre (Ars 1805? - Ars 1859)
shepherd boy of Ars
Louis Castex
Alexis Rudier Fondeur (Paris)

Ars-sur-Formans /  Monument de la Rencontre   Ars-sur-Formans /  Monument de la Rencontre


Sculpture group commemorating the arrival of Jean-Marie Vianney at Ars in 1818: the priest asks the way to Ars to a young shepherd, Antoine Givre. The sculpture was erected in 1938 on the site of this first encounter. The gate of the enclosure bears the dates 1818 and 1938.


un petit berger
antoine givre
vient de montrer a mr vianney
le chemin d'ars

tu m'as montre
le chemin d'ars
je te montrerai
le chemin du ciel
de mr vianney
et du petit berger
le 9 fevrier 1818
mort du cure d'ars
4 aout 1859
antoine givre le suit
5 jours apres le 9 aout


Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris

Information Sign

Le monument de la Rencontre
commémore l'arrivée de
saint Jean-Marie Vianney
à Ars et son dialogue avec
le petit berger Antoine Givre

Ars-sur-Formans - Monument de la Rencontre


Sources & Information


  • Country: France
  • Castex, Louis
  • Givre, Antoine
  • Jean-Marie Vianney, St.
  • Priest
  • Rudier Fondeur (Paris), Alexis
  • Shepherd
  • Statue (man and child)
  • Location (N 45°59'11" - E 4°49'31")

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