Our Patron Saint
St. Vincent Ferrer was a famous Dominican missionary, born in Valencia, Spain, January 23, 1350, and died at Vannes in Brittany (France), April 5th, 1419. Vincent was educated at Valencia, and completed his philosophy at the age of fourteen. In 1367, he entered the Dominican Order, and was sent to Barcelona the following year. Later, he taught philosophy at Lleida before returning to the Dominican house. During his stay there, a great famine was prevalent. While preaching there one day, filled with compassion for the sufferers, Vincent foretold the near approach of ships bearing wheat; his prediction was fulfilled. In 1377, he continued his studies at Toulouse, France. Thoroughly convinced of the legitimacy of the claims of the Avignon popes, he was one of their strongest champions, for a time. At Valladolid, he converted a rabbi, who later became the well known bishop, Paul of Burgos. At Salamanca, Queen Yolanda of Aragon chose him for her confessor. Soon after, Benedict called him to his papal court at Avignon and appointed him confessor.