It is a collaborative effort to create a Vincentian encyclopedia of articles and other information useful for those who follow Vincent, Louise and their spiritual companions: a resource for those who are part of the Vincentian family and for others seeking reliable information on people, topics, and organizations related to the Vincentian family.
St. Vincent dePaul
Vincent had a passion for the poor and a genius for networking and organizing others to meet the full range of needs, both material and spiritual, of those who live on the margins of society.
St. Vincent DePaul (1581-1660) was not only the founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) but also the Daughters of Charity, the Confraternities of Charity and Ladies of Charity (1617).
A man of deep faith and enormous creativity, he is known as the "father of the poor" and "Universal Patron of Charity". His contributions to the education of priests and services for the poor shaped our church's role in the modern world.
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19 May in History
1656: Letter of Vincent de Paul to Fr. Edmond Jolly, Superior in Rome, requesting him to undertake the necessary steps to obtain from the Pope a brief that contributes to ending the practice of duels, widespread in France, and against whom the Marquis de la Mothe-Fénelon, former Duelist, had begun a movement for more than five years.
1707: In Paris, Cardinal de Noailles signed a decree in which he recognized as diocesan the seminary established at Bons Enfants, and perserved for the establishment a possible change of location.
1883: In Paris, Fr. Alphonse Delanglie is ordained priest. After ordination he became Assistant Director, and from 1884 to 1896 Director of the seminary of Notre-Dame du Pouy. From 1896 to 1903 he was Director of students at Saint Lazare and next from 1903 to 1918 Superior of Notre-Dame du Pouy. In 1919 he was appointed Visitor of Aquitaine and he hold the post until his death. In all these positions, he was the priest who wanted to imitate as much as possible of the Sovereign Pontiff. He died on May 1, 1923 in Notre-Dame du Pouy, in the same place where his priesthood was inaugurated.
Vincentian People, Places and Ideas
Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Seek what is above, where Christ is seated (Col 3, 1)
The disciples look at the sky captivated. They get out of their ecstasy with the intervention of messengers who point out to them the similarity between the departure and the return of Jesus.
- Full reflection: Ascension, Year C-2013
- He richly poured out on us the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ (Tit 3, 6)
Just as locked doors are not impenetrable to Jesus, so also the infidelity, weakness and fear of his confidants, partakers of his table, fellow travelers from Galilee to Jerusalem, cannot put a stop to his largess.
- Full reflection: Pentecost Sunday, Year C-2013
Getting to Know the Vincentian Family
In the more than 300 years since Vincent and Louise died many have been inspired to walk in their footsteps. Collectively they are known as the Vincentian Family. The following section is devoted to information about what is common and unique in the ways these people walking in the "way of Vincent."
The Congregation of the Mission history project described below is but one example of what the followers or Vincent and Louise are studying and writing about. Many others are researching and writing.
- Vincentian-Setonian Researchers is the place for people to describe the work they are engaged in and the kind of things they would find helpful in their work.
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History of the Congregation of the Mission Project
Fr. John Rybolt, CM, and others are currently writing a projected five volume history of the Congregation of the Mission.
The project began in 1992. Upon the death of José María Román Fuentes, C.M., Father John Rybolt was appointed to continue the work begun by José María Román Fuentes, C.M., and Luigi Mezzadri, C.M.
This began in 2004, resulting first in an outline of the entire work, divided into four volumes: Vol. III: From the French Revolution to 1843; Vol. IV: 1843-1878; Vol. V: 1878-1915; Vol. VI: 1915-1984. We conclude at 1984, it being the year of approval of the new Constitutions.
The following segments are the first in a series of articles concerning the history of the Congregation following the French Revolution.
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