Personal Memories of Msgr. Vincent Foy – An Autobiography & Biographical Notes

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Attestation to the Holiness of Msgr. Foy by Tony Loginow

Many years ago a very wise man I worked for said: Tony, seek wisdom not knowledge. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad.

Msgr. Foy, Champion for Life – what a wonderfully appropriate title for someone filled with knowledge and wisdom, especially around the most important life issues of our times. Monsignor’s list of steps for Saving the Church is an extraordinary list of many things we need to do to turn the Church around in these difficult times.

Having set the record for most years of ordination of all English speaking diocesan priests in the history of the Church Canada and as the oldest priest in the history of his Archdiocese, he continued to write important papers to high ranking clergy in the Church to help remind them about Humane vitae and the impact of the contraceptive mentally on our society and our families – what a wonderful achievement. He has been a major inspiration to so, so many in the pro-life movement.

I have been blessed to know + Msgr. Foy through another giant in the pro-life movement, + Fr. Ted Colleton. It is incredible how the grace of God works, these two extraordinary priests knew each other throughout their life but in their twilight days the good Lord brought them together at La Salle manor.

What I always found extraordinary about Msgr. Foy was not his 100 One Hand card Shuffles… It was his incredible tolerance for pain. I have known a few people in my life who could tolerate pain but none who could go through what Msgr. Foy went through and many times in his life; most recently, years ago after being on tubes and machines for six months, he came back fighting. I cannot help but believe it has a lot to do with his role model for being a priest, St John Vianney.

A saying attributed to a famous comedian goes like this: A good speech has a good beginning, a good ending and the two have to be as close to each other as possible.

Tony Loginow

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Attestation by Fr. Eugene: “Suaviter in modo, furmitur in re”

Fr. Eugene Tramble O.S. A, Monk, Retreat Master and was Prior of Marylake Monastery

Latin  – Sweet/gently/pleasantly in manner, firm in action.

Testimony of Fr. Engene Tramble OSA on the holiness of Msgr. Vincent Foy

I gave a homily at Mass today that explained the motto of Msgr. Foy:  “Suaviter in modo, firmitur in re” – Sweet in manor, but firm. 

This motto describes Msgr. Foy perfectly.  He lived up to it.

I first met Msgr. Foy, when he came here to the Augustinian Monastery of Marylake in King City in the 1970s, around 1978.  He lived here as a resident for 2-3 years, and actually in the very room I now have.  I feel happy to have the same room that he stayed in.

I was privileged to be able to ask him for and receive guidance. He was able to give comforting words in times of trouble.  He was excellent at calming you down. I followed his sound advice.

He was a great spiritual director.  He was an expert on psychology. He understood and had good advise on the spiritual life.

He gave super duper answers to the most difficult and complicated theological questions.  He would have made an excellent bishop or cardinal.

He was an inspiring example and mentor for vocations.  He helped priests with challenges and difficulties in their vocation. For example, he was a great help for Fr. Henry MacErlean OSA to be reinstated.  He helped others to become ordained to the priesthood.  He encouraged priests to be faithful.

Christ went up to Calvary as did Msgr. Foy.  Jesus said “Father forgive them they don’t know what they do”. Msgr. Foy had this spiritual dimension.  He had a very focused mind and was grounded in truth and forgiveness.  He preached forgiveness and lived it.

He could console you.

He was strong and firm on the Catholic teaching and a great admirer of Pius X, a very saintly pope.

He covered charity, forgiveness, fidelity to Humanae vitae, and was devoted to Pope St. Pius X and the Church.  By the way, the current pope has recently made SSPX confessions valid since the Year of Mercy in 2016.

He was a man of great virtue – very kind and understanding. 

He was polite with those who were arrogant and theologically argumentative in opposing Church teaching. After defending the Church’s position and teaching, he kindly said to a young man: ‘young man you will find out’. When he had to confront someone with heretical views, he did so in a very nice way. He remained consistently exceptionally well mannered and charitable.

He lived up to the motto he preached: “Suaviter in modo, firmitur in re” – Sweet in manor, but firm.  He was able to remain very firm.

He had a genuine concern for the all round well-being of others, and demonstrated a brotherly compassion and love. He did not put others down and said things in a loving way.

Msgr. Foy was a very wise man and priest.

All the best in your efforts to promote the cause of Monsignor Foy.

Fr. Eugene Tramble, September 12, 2019

Note: Fr. Eugene reported on October 28, 2020 that he believes he received healing through the intercession of Msgr. Foy. Details recorded in private journal.

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