SAINT
VINCENT
FERRER
         April 5                                                                                                 Patron of:
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VINCENT was born at Valencia in Spain in 1350. At the age of eighteen he joined the Order of St. Dominic. He became a doctor of Sacred Theology. He devoted himself to missionary work. He preached in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, England, Scotland and Ireland. Numerous conversions followed his preaching, which God Himself assisted by the gift of miracles. He was even invited to Mohammedan Granada where he preached the Gospel with much success. He is considered one of the most famous missionaries of the fourteenth century.

Vincent's outstanding virtues were humility and the spirit of prayer, which made his work successful. His motto was: "Whatever you do, think not of yourself, but of God." In this spirit he preached and God spoke through him. His wonderful missionary work lasted twenty-one years. He died on April 5, 1419.

Prayers

O God, You raised up St. Vincent, Your Priest to serve You in preaching the Gospel, and proclaim the coming Christ to judge the world. Grant that we may attain to the joy of heaven, and there see Christ enthroned glory.
 


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