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Saint Vincent Ferrer

Born: January 23, 1350 in Valencia, Kingdom of Valencia

Died: April 5, 1419 in Vannes, Duchy of Brittany

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Iglesia Filipina Independiente or Aglipayan Church

Canonized: June 3, 1455 by Pope Callixtus III

Feast Day: April 5

Patronages: Builders
Prisoners
Construction Workers
Plumbers
Fishermen
Spanish orphanages
Archdiocese of Valencia

At Valencia in Spain, this illustrious son of Saint Dominic came into the world in January 23, 1357. In the year 1374, he entered the Order of Saint Dominic in a monastery near his native city. Soon after his profession he was commissioned to deliver lectures on philosophy. On being sent to Barcelona, he continued his scholastic duties and at the same time devoted himself to preaching.

At Lerida, the famous university city of Catalonia, he received his doctorate. After this he labored six years in Valencia, during which time he perfected himself in the Christian life. In 1390, he was obliged to accompany Cardinal Pedro de Luna to France, but he soon returned home. When, in 1394, de Luna himself has become Pope at Avignon he summoned Saint Vincent and made him master of the sacred palace. In this capacity, Saint Vincent made unsuccessful efforts to put an end to the great schism. He refused all ecclesiastical dignities, even the cardinal’s hat, and only craved to be appointed an apostolic missionary. Now began those labors that made him the famous missionary of the 14th century.

He evangelized nearly every province of Spain, and preached in France, Italy, Germany, Flanders, England, Scotland and Ireland. Numerous conversions followed his preaching which God Himself assisted by the gift of miracles. Though the Church was divided by the great schism, the Saint was honorably received in the districts subject to the two claimants to the Papacy. He was even invited to Mohammedan Granada, where he preached the Gospel with much success. He lived to behold the end of the great schism and the election of Pope Martin V. Finally, crowed with labors, he died April 5, 1419 and was canonized in 1455.

PRAYER: God, You raised up Saint Vincent Your priest for a ministry of evangelical preaching. Grant that we may see him reigning in heaven who while on Earth proclaimed the future judgement. Amen.