Feast Day: 22 January

Patronage:  Vintners (wine-makers), Brickmakers and Sailors

St. Vincent, the protomartyr of Spain, was a deacon of the 3rd century.

He was apprehended during a persecution of Dacian, the governor of Spain.

Vincent was subjected to fierce tortures before ultimately dying from his wounds. According to details of his death, his flesh was pierced with iron hooks, he was bound upon a red-hot gridiron and roasted, and he was cast into a prison and laid on a floor strewn with broken pottery.

But through it all his faith remained leading to his jailer’s conversion and he survived until his friends were allowed to see him and prepare a bed for on which he died.