Saint John Vianney Center Our History

Founded in 1946, and now in our 75th year of serving the Church, the Saint John Vianney Center (SJVC) is the longest running, internationally renowned, behavioral health facility in North America for Clergy and Religious. The Center is located in Downingtown, PA in what was once the McIlvaine residential estate. The facility was placed under the patronage of Saint John Vianney, the patron Saint of parish priests. Vianney, the “Curé d’Ars,” was a famous confessor in France known for his extraordinary devotion to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and was an unusually humble and forgiving priest. It was following in his footsteps that led to the humble beginnings of the Center.

With our mission to shepherd our brothers and sisters in Church ministry through life’s journey and difficulties, our goal is to restore ones physical, behavioral and spiritual well-being for effective and appropriate return to ministry.

In our residential treatment facility, SJVC provides the highest quality of holistic care and treatment for behavioral health issues, addictions and compulsive behaviors, and wellness and weight management in a safe, structured and supervised environment with 24 hour nursing care, on site medical services, an interdisciplinary treatment team including psychologists, psychiatrists, spiritual care advisors, registered dietician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, fitness and activities instructor, and continuing care, for clergy and religious to get and stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Saint John Vianney Center also offers comprehensive assessments and evaluations, therapy and counseling, and spiritual direction through our Outpatient Department and consultation, mediation and intervention services, as well as prevention and education programs through our Consultation, Education and Outreach Department for dioceses, religious communities, and healthy parish life.

The Saint John Vianney Center is not only responsive to the current and evolving needs of the Church, we focus on prevention, and advancing the health and wellness of Catholic Clergy, Consecrated Men and Women Religious, and Clergy of major Christian denominations worldwide.

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