Known to many as “the man who sings the Divine Mercy Chaplet on EWTN,” this father of seven has been involved in a ministry of mercy for over thirty years, using his gifts of teaching, writing, counseling, music, and prayer to help people understand the teachings of the Church and open their hearts to the healing touch of God’s love.
As a teacher and counselor for fourteen years, Vinny experienced first-hand how much healing is needed in the world. Feeling called to respond to this need, he began using his gifts in full-time religious ministry. His powerful teachings on Divine Mercy, Mary, the Sacraments, and the Father’s love have made him a popular speaker at parish missions, conferences, and retreats.
A former Executive Editor at the Marian Helpers Center and former General Manager of Divine Mercy International, Vinny was actively involved in spreading the message of Divine Mercy, presenting workshops for religious and lay leaders, and writing or editing various Divine Mercy publications, including the official English edition of the Diary of St. Faustina. His personal, straight-forward style of writing makes theological concepts and the teachings of the Church come alive with new meaning and relevancy. Co-author of The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion, Vinny has also published articles in various Catholic periodicals, including Catholic Digest, Legatus, Queen, Columbia, Marian Helper, and The Friends of Mercy Newsletter.
Vinny’s book 7 Secrets of the Eucharist has been acclaimed by Cardinal George Pell as “a must read for Catholics.” Published in 2007, the book has remained on the Top 10 Best Sellers list for Ignatius Press. Now in its tenth printing (over 60,000 copies sold), 7 Secrets of the Eucharist is also available as an audiobook (2 CDs). A Spanish edition has also been released, and Italian, Polish, and Portuguese editions are in progress.
Vinny is currently Director of MercySong, a family-based 501(c)(3) Catholic not-for-profit ministry dedicated to bringing healing to others by leading them to a personal experience of the Father’s love through music, teaching, writing, counseling, and prayer.
Vinny is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has been active in the Catholic Charismatic renewal since 1971, serving for several years on the pastoral leadership team of the Mother of Divine Mercy Prayer Group in Stockbridge. Vinny’s family music ministry, Still Waters, features himself and his daughters Colleen, Erin, and Mary, with support vocals from Vinny’s wife Donna and their four sons, John, Tim, Brian, and Kevin. The music is gentle and prayerful, with haunting guitar and violin interludes.
Seen frequently at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA and on Mother Angelica’s EWTN cable network, Still Waters takes its name from the 23rd Psalm. As Vinny explains, “It is our prayer that through our music you will be led beside the still waters into the healing presence of Jesus the Good Shepherd, who alone can restore your soul.”
John, Brian, and Erin have each released their own solo albums of contemporary Catholic music; joyous, upbeat praise songs that set your feet dancing, alternating with gentle worship songs that bring tears to your eyes and a new love of God to your heart.
In 1993, under the spiritual direction of Fr. George Kosicki, CSB, Vinny and Donna established a recording/publishing company, Spirit Song Ministries, to produce and distribute their family music albums, talks on tape, and religious publications. In 1999 it became a full-time family apostolate which they run from their home.
In 2003, the family ministries were incorporated under the name MercySong, Inc. as a 501c(3) Catholic not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing healing to others by leading them to a personal experience of the Father’s love through music, teaching, writing, counseling, and prayer.