Ask Him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues…

St. Vincent Ferrer

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800th anniversary of the Dominican Order

Jubilee 800 Order of Preachers

Amoris Laetitia (on love in the family)

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Welcome to our parish website

Welcome to the website of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, Illinois, in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

St. Vincent Ferrer, since its inception in 1931, has been permanently entrusted to the Dominican friars of the Central Province, USA. The Dominicans are officially the Order of Preachers, and we strive to preach well, not just from the pulpit, but through various spiritual and educational programs for people of all ages. The parish sponsors St. Vincent Ferrer School, a Catholic, private school with a junior kindergarten program through 8th grade.

Both our school and religious education program for public school students and others use the Faith and Life religion curriculum which is meant to ensure a solid grounding in the teachings of the Church so that our children will grow up to be strong, faithful, and happy Catholics.

Please let us know how we can be of service to you!

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom McDermott, OP

Upcoming Events

Alateen Meeting

February 21 @ 6:30 pm

Al-Anon Meeting

February 21 @ 6:30 pm

ICF Meeting

February 21 @ 6:30 pm

Religious Education Class

February 22 @ 4:30 pm

Children’s Choir

February 22 @ 5:30 pm

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An update on the plans for our new multipurpose hall

At long last, I’m able to give you an update on the plans for our new multipurpose hall to be named in memory of Fr. Michael Kyte, OP.

Architect’s rendering of revised plan for the Fr. Kyte Multipurpose Hall


Meeting of the Building Committee on November 16, 2016


Thanks to the substantial contributions and enthusiastic support of many parishioners, we are on track with the collection of the pledged funds for the project. While we had initially hoped to have construction underway at this point, an opportunity presented itself which we could not in good conscience pass up.

Our architects designed a beautiful and functional building which met the parish’s needs and was approved by the appropriate Village boards and committees. There were however some concerns expressed by both the Village and some parishioners regarding certain details of the plan. One of the concerns was that our budget did not allow us to clad the new building entirely in stone. (In the original plan, a stone base and pilasters were to be melded to exterior walls faced with stucco that would match the color of the limestone of the church). Second, the flat roof of the proposed building was seen as inharmonious with the classic sloped slate roofs of the adjacent church and parish center buildings.

In August we hired a general contractor, Northern Builders, Inc. They looked at the plans and offered an alternative design which would enable us to have the entire Kyte Hall faced in stone without adding substantially to the overall cost. A secondary benefit is that this solution also entails adding a sloping faux slate mansard roof to the building, keeping the new construction more in harmony with the design of the other buildings of our campus. (An architect’s rendering of the new design is above).

As I said, the ability to have a fully stone clad building which we previously believed to be beyond our financial ability was too good to pass up. Every member of the Parish Building Committee felt it was a great improvement. The only down side to this is the time it has taken to have new plans drafted and to have those plans reviewed and approved by the River Forest Village officials. The Village has been extremely helpful and supportive, but despite everyone’s best efforts we have reached a point where weather conditions would now affect construction costs rather drastically. While we had all dreamed of having Kyte Hall completed by the New Year, it is now evident that the best stewardship of our resources requires us to delay construction until next spring—possibly in April 2017. This was the unanimous decision of the Building Committee. And the good news is that on November 7th the Village approved our revised plan. During the next few weeks we will be getting finalized drawings and then get all of the necessary permits.

So our construction project is still on track, but due to these circumstances is delayed by approximately six months. I am confident that this delay, while inconvenient, will ensure that Kyte Hall is the best building we can have, harmonious with the elegance of the St. Vincent Ferrer campus and a fitting tribute to the late Fr. Michael Kyte, OP.

Fr. Tom McDermott, OP

The Dominican Central Province of the USA



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Weekly Schedule






Monday – Friday







and by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration

Monday and Tuesday

12:30pm to 8:30pm

Entrance to the chapel is via the southwest door of the church

Office Hours

Monday – Friday

8:00am – 12:00pm
12:30pm – 7:30pm

Saturday – Sunday

9:00am – 1:00pm