Villa Vianney is a beautiful independent living residence for senior priests surrounded by serene Tennessee woodlands.
Because the residents are former pastors, décor in common areas depicts sheep and pastoral themes. Colors are warm and tranquil and furniture is overstuffed.
In private living areas, rooms are spacious with extra wide doors to accommodate wheelchair access. Because all apartments have a living room, kitchen, study, bedroom and bath, allowing priests the flexibility to prepare meals and live independently.
The chapel on the Villa Vianney campus allows the priests to celebrate daily Mass on a rotating schedule. During Mass, the priests petition for the needs of former parishioners, for special intentions brought to their attention, and for the well-being of the world at large. Because all of the priests have been pastors, they are well aware that the needs of the faithful who live in the broader world community are supported by their prayers. Their continued concern for spiritual and temporal needs of others serves as a poignant reminder of the permanent nature of a priestly vocation. Retirement may change their daily routine, but the vocation remains after retirement.
History of Villa Vianney
Appreciation of the love and friendship of the late Msgr. Louis J. Kemphues and a concern for the well-being of our aging priests led Jim and Bernice Jarboe to respond to the dictum “from those who have much, much will be required.” As land owners, they did what was within their power to improve the quality of life of our elder diocesan priests. They donated a parcel of land and launched a campaign to construct Villa Vianney with the express purpose of establishing a comfortable residence for retired priests. The senior priests’ residence was named after the patron of pastors, St. John Vianney.