Fr. Vianney was born in Providence, Rhode Island. After high school he joined the Third Order Regular Franciscans at the Franciscan Preparatory Seminary in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He pronounced first vows on June 23, 1964, and final vows in June of 1967.
From Pennsylvania, Fr. Vianney went to Washington , D. C., to attend the Catholic University of America where he earned a B. A. in Philosophy and spent three years studying Theology.
He then attended Georgetown University where he earned an M.A. in World History. Ordained on January 31st , 1970, Father has spent his years teaching on the high school and college levels in several states.
He taught and was part of the Administration of the James Barry Robinson HS in Norfolk, Virginia. He taught at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn, New York.
In Pennsylvania, Fr. Vianney taught Philosophy and History for St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania and Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania.
In 1994, Father was appointed Pastor of Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland, Florida and Campus Minister for Florida Southern College also in Lakeland.
In addition to teaching, Father has done Formation ministry for the Franciscans and served as Pastor of parishes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Florida.
At present, he gives retreats, leads days of reflection, and is a spiritual director and staff member at San Pedro Spiritual Life Center and serves as Spiritual Assistant for the Lady Poverty Fraternity of Secular Franciscans.