“Lording over the town plaza and its environs is the Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Church – a beautiful, majestic, and historical building where Bayambang’s patron saint, St. Vincent Ferrer, is enshrined. Built in the early 17th century, it is a combination of Spanish and Filipino art and architecture, craftsmanship, and engineering feats.
From the time the church was built to the present, it has undergone some repairs and structural changes, but these are all due to the damages brought about by natural calamities.
The church has been a silent witness to the town’s history of trials and triumphs. Above all, it has been a solemn sanctuary for prayer and worship for the religious, industrious, cooperative, and friendly parishioners.” – Dr. Clarita Jimenez
Saint Vincente Ferrer
“Vincent Ferrer was born in Valencia, Spain on January 23, 1350 to Guillem Ferrer and Constancia Miguel, both nobles. He entered the Dominican order at the age of 15 and was ordained priest in 1378.
This Dominican preacher lived during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the church. It was the time of the Western Schism. All his life he felt that he was called to carry the gospel not only to Christians, but also the Jews, the Muslims, and some heretical sects. He was reputed to have received the gift of tongues and was also renowned as a healer. St. Vincent preached not only in Spain and France but also in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.
The high point of St. Vincent’s preaching mission was between the years 1412 and 1419. He died at Vanes, France on April 5, 1419. He was canonized on June 3, 1455 in Rome by Pope Calixtus III. He is highly venerated in Spain, Latin America, and the Philippines.”– Dr. Clarita Jimenez
Saint Vincente Ferrer (Relic)
Bayambang is most fortunate to have Vincent Ferrer as intercessor and patron saint, and it is most privileged to have a remnant of the saint in its possession. Found in the adoration chapel of the parish is a relic of Saint Vincent Ferrer placed in a chalice that is strategically installed at the center. This way, devotees can glance at the relic while deep in prayer to feel as though the saint is there with them, a comforting presence that guides their souls as they search for something deeper within themselves.
Saint Vincent Ferrer
Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Directory
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About Saint Vincent Ferrer
Saint Vincent Ferrer has been a beacon of faith in Bayambang for hundreds of years, and his presence has been incessantly felt by Bayambangueños through the Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Church. He remains to be a symbol of devotion for the people of Bayambang, and the influence that he has had on our culture is undeniable.
In 2019, the 600th anniversary of the death and the 400th year of his presence in the town will be celebrated. This is why the church, with the assistance of Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao, his wife, Mary Clare Judith Phyllis Jose-Quiambao, and several private firms, is spearheading the construction of the Saint Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park.
The groundbreaking ceremony held on June 20, 2018 marked the beginning of a bigger and better future for the town. Saint Vincent Ferrer’s 51-meter monument is being erected in Barangay Bani as a testament to the Bayambangueños’ never-ending love for and gratitude to the patron saint of builders. The park will serve as a place of serenity, not just for Bayambangueños, but for anyone seeking spiritual help and guidance.