Vincent Ferrer       

A brief biography.

Vincent Ferrer was born ca. 1350, in Valencia, Aragon. In 1367 he entered the Dominican Order at Valencia, where he became professor of theology.
In 1394 the antipope Benedict XIII made him his confessor and theologian to his court at Avignon, but five years later Vincent resigned to undertake missions. Travelling through Burgundy, southern France, Switzerland, northern Italy, and Spain, he attracted crowds everywhere and had notable success in winning Jewish converts.
In an effort to end the schism, he had tried twice to persuade Benedict to relinquish his papal claim.
In 1412 he persuaded Ferdinand to cease supporting Benedict, thus helping to end the schism. The last two years of his life were devoted to preaching in northern France.
He died April 5, 1419,
in Vannes, France and was probable buried in the cathedral Saint Peter in Vannes. Pope Calixtus III (1455-1458)  decided his beatification in 1455, and Pope Pius II (1458-1464) canonized him in the Dominican church Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome in 1458.

There are many priories named after Vincent Ferrer, among others in Plasencia  (Spain). Also many chapels in Dominican Churches: in the church Maria Rotunda in Vienna.


On the facade, 1670, of the Dominican church at Vienna,
Saints, among them Vincent Ferrer.

Austria 1966, Mi 1202, Sc 757.



Around the plague-pillar (1709) in Waidhoven an der Thaya
the statues of Sebastian, Donate, Vincent Ferrer and John Nepomucenus.

Austria 1981. Postmark Waidhoven an der Thaya 24.10.1981.


Vincent Ferrer and Prokop (the Balt, ca 1380 -30.05.1414)
are placed together on the Charles Bridge in Prague, statues by Ferdinand, MaxiMilano Brokoff (1688-1731), 1712.

Czechoslovakia 1978, Mi 2462, Sc 2196.



Vincent Ferrer died April 5 1419 in Vannes (Brittany) and was probable buried in the cathedral Saint Peter in Vannes in the background of the stamp.

France 1962, Mi 1386, Sc 1025.


150th Anniversary of Saint Ferrer co-patron of San Vito dei Normanni, Italy, 6 Mai 2002.
Ferrer with trumpet of the last judgment-day and on the book the text: Timete Deum et date illi honorem (Apocalypse .14,7).

Italy 2002. Postmark San Vito dei Normanni 6 Mai 2002.

Saint Dominic, painting, oil on canvas, 78 x 98 cm, 1567, by
Titian, but some experts think, among others Ridolfi, it
represented a Dominican confessor. Cavalcaselle
named it Dominic, and Fogolari (1935) Vincent Ferrer.

The painting is preserved in the Galleria Borghese in Rome.

Lesotho 1988, Mi 746, Sc 689. Idem: Vatican City 1971, Mi 588, Sc 689.


Painting by Domenico Morone (ca 1442
- after 1517).
Ferrer is preaching before the church
Santa Eufrasia in Verona, and pronounces
the return of Christ, who  appears above
Preserved in the Museum Ashmolean in Oxford.

The stamp illustrates the Third of the Ten Commandments.

                                       Nicaragua 1971, Mi 1644, Sc 893.


Adoration of the Child with Saints by Filippo Lippi.
Vincent Ferrer on this painting at the right.
Ferrer bears the book with the text: Timete Deum quia venit hora
iudicii eius, the vulgate version of Apocalypse 14,7:
Timete Dominum  (et date illi honorem) quia venit hora iudicii eius.

Sierra Leone 2001, Mi 4145,Sc --.
The same picture on Antigua and Barbuda 1996, Mi 2433, Sc 2019.




5th Centenary of the canonization of Vincent Ferrer, decided  by Pope Calixtus III (1455-1458) in 1455,
and proclaimed by Pope Pius II (1458-1464) in 1458. Painting by Francisco Vilar (17
th century) in the church San Esteban in Valencia.

Spain 1955, Mi 1068, Sc 842, FDC.



Vincent Ferrer was born in Valencia in 1455
and is the patron saint of Valencia.
To commemorate this fact a cover was issued with the figure of Ferrer, after the painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Vilar, preserved in the church San Esteban
in Valencia.
In the postmark Ferrer's hand.

Spain 1955. Postmark Valencia 24 April 1955.


On the bridge - Puente del Real, 16th century, -, in Valencia,
the statue of Vincent Ferrer, 17th century.

Spain 1971, Mi (Valencia) 5; Sc --.





Ferrer's  relics came to Valencia, his birth town.
To commemorate this translation there was an
On the postmark Ferrer's face.

Spain 1980. Postmark Valencia 16 - 19 April 1980.




Spain 1980. Postage meter of Valencia 20 March 1980.



Vincent Ferrer (ca.1367- 05.04.1419) gave his cross
to the people of Graus, in 1415. It is exposed on the altar
in the Capilla del
 Santo Cristo de San Vicente Ferrer.
(17th cent.)

Spain 1999. Postmark Graus (1999).


The Capilla del Santo Cristo de San Vicente Ferrer (17th cent.)
Graus, Spain, with on the altar the cross of Vincent Ferrer.


Spain 1999. Postmark Graus 12.9.1999 on maximum card.





The post office department of Togo issued also a series about the
Ten Commandments and gives to Vincent Ferrer the Third Commandment.
On the stamp only Ferrer's name.

                                           Togo 1982, Mi 1597, Sc 1134.


Source of the picture: www.

Giovanni Bellini (ca 1430-29.11.1516) ) painted a polyptych
of Saint Vincent Ferrer, (ca 1464), oil on panel. In the middle: Vincent Ferrer (167x67 cm), with above The dead Christ with two Angels (57x72 cm). At the left Christopher with Child (167x67 cm) with above the Archangel Gabriel (67x72 cm).
At the right Saint Sebastian (167x67 cm) with above the Holy
Virgin (67x72 cm). On the predella events of the life of
Vincent Ferrer.
This polyptych is preserved in the Church Saint John and
Saint Peter (Zanipolo) in Venice.



    On this stamp a detail of the Archangel Gabriel.

   Turks and Caicos 2002, Mi 1729, Sc --.


Parish in Cincinnati, dedicated to Vincent Ferrer, with his words:
Growing Together in Faith.
United States of America 1989. Postage meter of Cincinnati 21.12.1989.

There are many churches and priories dedicated to Vincent Ferrer.
Among others the priory in Plasencia, Spain, nowadays a parador (hotel).

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