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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer
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Today is the feast of the great Dominican missionary St. Vincent Ferrer. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419) was a great Spanish Dominican missionary and master of souls. It is estimated that through the labors of St. Vincent, over 25,000 Jews were brought into the Church.  He also brought in numerous converts among the Islam Moors.

In addition to carrying on an inspired apostolate in Spain, he preached to thousands of persons in France, Switzerland, and Italy [By his preaching and miracles, he converted thousands of sinners and heretics.]. He pleaded so eloquently for penance that he was known as the "Angel of the Judgment."

The Roman Martyrology says of him: "At Vannes in Brittany, St. Vincent Ferrer, of the Order of Preachers, and confessor. He was mighty in word and deed, and converted many thousands of infidels to Christ."

This noble Dominican is an example for us all.  Please read the story of his noteworthy life at Nobility.org by clicking here.

Collect:

O God, who didst vouchsafe to glorify Thy Church by the merits and preaching of blessed Vincent, Thy Confessor: grant to us Thy servants that we may be taught by his example, and delivered by his patronage from all adversities. Through our Lord . . .

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

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