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Vincent Ferrer Church
A Roman Catholic Community of Faith
and Good Works
Begun as a Mission in 1971
Established as a Parish in
1006 New Haven Road (Route 63)
Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770-4731 USA
Parish web site:
Our Patron Saint:
was born in Valencia, Spain on 23 January 1350 of English and Scottish
parents who instilled in him a deep devotion to the Lord Jesus and the
Blessed Mother and a great love for the poor. He joined the Dominicans, receiving the
habit in 1367 at age 18 against his family’s wishes. He was a brilliant preacher and speaker
(and for being quite handsome).
Everywhere crowds flocked to hear him, innumerable conversions and
miracles occurred. He converted
thousands in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, England, Scotland, and
Ireland. He had the gift of
tongues. He was offered an
appointment as bishop, but declined it.
During an illness, the Lord Jesus appeared to him along with Saints
Dominic and Francis and was told he would live to preach repentance like
the two saints. After the three
departed from him, Vincent was instantly restored to health.
His titles include: Doctor of theology, Priest, and Missionary. He taught theology. He was an Adviser to the King of Aragon
and a Counselor to Pope Benedict XIII.
He traveled throughout Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy to end
the Great Schism, and was instrumental in reconciling the divisions in the
Church at the time of “the three popes.”
He died Wednesday of Holy Week in 1419 at age 70 at Vannes, Brittany, France. In 1455 (or 1458) he was canonized a
saint. His feast day is April 5th. In addition to being our parish’s patron
saint, he is also the patron saint of brick
makers, builders, construction workers, pavement workers, plumbers, and
In art, he is often represented in his Dominican
habit, holding an open book while preaching; or with a cardinal's hat; or
with wings, a pulpit, a trumpet, a crucifix; or with a flame on his head;
or on his hand.
his book, “On the Spiritual Life”, he writes:
If you truly want to help the soul
of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your heart. Ask Him simply to fill you with charity,
the greatest of all virtues; with it you can accomplish what you desire.
Photo by Tom Jablonowski