Vincentian Encyclopedia


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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.

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St. Vincent de Paul

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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1581: According to biography by Pierre Coste, Vincent de Paul is born in Pouy, near Dax (Coste, I, p.18)

1816: In Paris. Fr Dominique-François Hanon, Vicar General from 1807, died. Born in 1757 in Saint-Pol-sur-Mer, near Dunkirk in diocese of Arras he enters the Congregation at Saint Lazare on October 20, 1772. In the age of 23 he starts his career in the seminary in Metz teaching philosophy and theology. When in 1790 Cardinal Louis Joseph de Montmercy-Laval, bishop of Metz fled the country for exile he left Fr Hanon as administrator of the diocese. On October 14, 1807 pope Pio VII appoints him Vicar General of the Congregation with a range of ordinary and extraordinary powers.

1864: Berceau-de-Saint-Vincent. Fr. Jean-Baptiste Étienne, cardinal Francis August Donnet, archbishop of Bordeaux, twelve bishops, five hundred priests, public authorities and thirty thousand pilgrims inaugurate chapel commemorating birth place of Vincent de Paul.

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Vincentian People, Places and Ideas


Many people in the Society and Church of Vincent de Paul's time had an influence on his life and work.

Some of those who follow Vincent's approach to proclaiming the Gospel are recognized at Saints and Blessed by the Church.

There are reminders in many places in France of the life of Vincent de Paul.

Vincent and Louise were masters in fostering collaboration among groups that normally had little contact.


Former Superior General, Fr. Robert Maloney, CM often pointed out how the circle of poverty is increasing.

He reminded people that more than ever we need to expand the "circle of solidarity" and often invited us to be creative especially in reaching out to the young.

Reflection for Sunday Readings

Think of what is above (Col 3, 2)

The least of us has risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God. Now we await his glorious coming and welcoming words, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father.” And we recount his marvelous deeds, striving to go about doing good, so that our aspiration that the Father’s will be done on earth as in heaven may be realized.

Full reflection: Easter Sunday, Year A-2014

The Lord added to their number those who were being saved (Acts 2, 47)

The Lord is our light and our salvation. Those who receive light and salvation also receive the mission to bring them to people in darkness and in danger of perdition.

Full reflection: Second Sunday of Easter, Year A-2014

Reflections' Library

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."

Vincentian-Setonian Researchers


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.

Other Uses of this resource

How to post news of your Vincentian ministry

Following this link will take you to a list of Vincentian ministries.

As this encyclopedia grows in viewership your organization will receive additional visibility if it is listed here.

Using this site to collaborate on a document


Consider yourself as a member of a committee charged with writing an article on Vincentian formation.

Vincentian Formation

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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