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Prayer Asking for Favours
Through the Intercession of Monsignor Vincent Foy
Loving Father, through Thy servant Msgr. Vincent Foy,
Thou didst provide Thy flock with a model of priestly holiness and charity,
a faithful and learned Doctor of Canon Law,
a Champion of the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death,
a true defender of the Faith of the most holy Catholic Church
and a special friend of the sick and the suffering.
Mercifully grant, according to Thy holy will, the request I now make
through the intercession of Thy servant, Msgr. Vincent Foy,
so that his heroic sanctity may be recognized publicly by the Church
[here mention your petition].
I ask this for Thy greater honour and glory in the Name of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in union with Our Immaculate Mother Mary.
“Msgr. Foy inspired us by his fidelity and personal witness, serving the Lord and all those he encountered most generously” (Cardinal Thomas Collins).
Msgr. Vincent Foy Prayer
Note: The first anniversary of the passing of our dearly beloved Rev. Msgr. Vincent Foy, Champion for Life and longest ordained English speaking priest in the history of the Church in Canada, was on March 13, 2018. As an annual memorial in his honour, a group of “Friends of Msgr. Vincent Foy” that are devoted to him met for Mass and visited to pray at his gravesite at Queen of the Clergy Cemetery, St. Augustine’s Seminary. We prayed the Rosary and this prayer that was submitted to Cardinal Collins on the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2107. If anyone receives favours, prayers answered or miracles through the intercession of Msgr. Foy please let us know through this website.
The February 14, 2018 issue of the Prairie Messenger, printed the letter to the editor below at this link: http://www.prairiemessenger.ca/18_02_14/letters_18_02_14.html
Clarification about Msgr. Foy and Gregory Baum
The Editor: In the Oct. 25, 2017, issue of the Prairie Messenger, the article about the death of ex-priest Gregory Baum erroneously stated that Msgr. Vincent Foy “popularized a theory that Mr. Baum had excommunicated himself by marrying before his laicization was formally recognized by the Vatican.”
This was not a “theory.” In fact, as a canon lawyer Msgr. Foy was assigned and in charge of the sad duty of the laicization of priests. Msgr. Foy was informed that Gregory Baum initially got civilly married without first being laicized as a priest. Msgr. Foy knew the superiors of the Augustinian order that Baum was a member of.
In his 1996 article, “Notes on Gregory Baum,” Msgr. Foy reported: “In its issue of Jan. 14, 1978, the Catholic Register reported that ‘Gregory Baum, noted Canadian theologian and outspoken critic of the church, married a former nun in a private ceremony recently in Montreal . . . the bride is Shirley Flynn, who left her religious order about 15 years ago.’ He had previously cancelled an application for laicization. According to canon 2388 of the Code of Canon Law in force at that time, he was automatically excommunicated.”
Baum wrote in his autobiography, “I decided to leave informally. I published a brief statement in the Globe and Mail saying that I was leaving the priesthood because of my disagreement with the church’s sexual ethics . . . .” See www.msgrfoy.com
— Jean Ladouceur, Ottawa