St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of builders because of his fame for "building up" and strengthening the Church: through his preaching, missionary work, in his teachings, as confessor and adviser. He was born on January 23, 1357, in Spain. In 1374, he entered the Order of St. Dominic in a monastery. Soon after his profession he was commissioned to deliver lectures on philosophy. Now began those labors that made him the famous missionary of the fourteenth century. He evangelized nearly every province of Spain, and preached everywhere in Europe. Numerous conversions followed his preaching. He lived to behold the end of the great schism and the election of Pope Martin V. Finally, crowned with labors, he died April 5, 1419. His feast day is April 5.
Let us pray.
O God, who didst vouchsafe to glorify Thy Church by the merits and preaching of Saint Vincent Ferrer,
Thy Confessor: grant us Thy servants that we may be taught by his example, and be delivered by his patronage from all adversities.
O Lord, make haste to help me. Thou hast redeemed me, O God of truth. Amen.
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