St Vincent Ferrer, Confessor; Memorial: April 5
Born at Valencia in Spain of a good family, Vincent received the Dominican habit at eighteen, studied hard, and gained a doctorate in theology with highest honours. He preached the word of God with so much earnestness that he converted a great many nonbelievers to the faith and turned many thousands of Christians from sin to repentance.
He never ate meat
He sang Mass and gave a sermon every day, never ate meat, quieted public disturbances, and worked zealously to restore and keep the unity of the Church when it was rent by schism. Worn out with age and illness, and famous for his miracles, he died a very holy death at Vannes in Brittany. Pope Callistus III included him among the number of the saints.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964