The Saint John Vianney Center (SJVC) serves Catholic Clergy, Consecrated Men and Women Religious, and Clergy of other Christian denominations worldwide.

We Journey with You

Realizing that challenges and difficulties in one’s life and vocational journey may occur, we journey with you to identify and navigate areas of stress and anxiety, emotional and addiction concerns, spiritual struggles, relational conflicts, vocational transitions and disappointments, and health and medical needs.

Through our holistic, inter-disciplinary, evidence-based, and individualized programs, at Saint John Vianney Center we provide the accompaniment and tools to inspire, heal, renew and restore one’s physical, behavioral, and spiritual well-being to live a healthy lifestyle and an effective ministry.

We Journey With You

Our Approach

Our approach begins from Christ’s healing presence and addresses the multi-dimensional nature of the healing process-the integration of spiritual, human, intellectual, and pastoral well being.

The Saint John Vianney Center also follows the example of our patron, Saint John Vianney, who exemplified-listening first. To listen is to walk and companion with another person in their journey. We listen to each person’s story, value each person’s personal and spiritual gifts, and honor and respect the dignity of each person to facilitate self-directed rediscovery of the Lord’s presence and understanding.

We understand with compassion and strive to be as the Lord is to each of us-companions along the journey. Just like on the road to Emmaus, “were not our hearts burning while he spoke to us on the way?” – Luke 24:32

Who was Saint John Vianney?


Our History

Founded in 1946, the Saint John Vianney Center (SJVC) is the longest running, internationally renowned and premier behavioral health facility in North America for Clergy and Religious.

The McIlvaine Estate in Downingtown, Pennsylvania was originally purchased by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The main stone building was converted from a family home to a residential treatment facility. The program was placed under the patronage of Saint John Vianney, the patron Saint of parish priests. It was following in his footsteps that led to the humble beginnings of the Center.

Now independently owned and operated, our mission continues to shepherd our brothers and sisters in Church ministry through life’s journey and difficulties, and to aid and restore one’s physical, behavioral, and spiritual well-being for appropriate, fulfilling, and effective ministry.

SJVC provides professional programs and services to Clergy and Religious to live a healthy lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit including:

  • Comprehensive assessments and evaluations for initial and ongoing formation
  • Treatment for behavioral health, addictions and compulsive behaviors
  • Wellness and weight management
  • Consultation and mediation services
  • Educational and wellness programs and resources

The Saint John Vianney Center focuses on prevention, and meeting the current and evolving needs of Catholic Clergy, Consecrated Men and Women Religious, and Clergy of major Christian denominations so they can serve the people of God in their best health.


The Joint Commission

The Saint John Vianney Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission as a behavioral health provider since 1989.  The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.  The Saint John Vianney Center is proud to be affiliated with The Joint Commission and its mission to “continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality”.  It is our honor to have earned, and continue to maintain, The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, after an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

To report a patient safety event or concern, please use this online form which goes directly to The Joint Commission.

Department of Health

The Saint John Vianney Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as an inpatient behavioral healthcare facility providing addictive disease and co-occurring treatment services.

Department of Drug and Alcohol

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is a cabinet-level agency in the Government of Pennsylvania under Governor Tom Wolf. The objective of this department is to manage and distribute state and federal funds used to oversee alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and treatment services.

Department of Public Welfare

Saint John Vianney Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as a licensed private psychiatric hospital.


The Saint John Vianney Center adheres to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to prevent unauthorized access to Protected Health Information. Click here to view the SJVC Privacy Practices.