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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11 March in History
1718: There is a special meeting taken in the motherhouse to sign first document of "Statutes" of the Congregation. The primary document was not of the style the present Statutes are. However it was very important internal administrative instructions for all community of the Congregation allowing it to develop its goals in the Church.
1736: Fr Jean Conty, new elected Superior General announces special Circular letter about his elevation to the post. There are also new Assistant elected: Fr Richon, Fr Noirot, Fr Gros, Fr Martinengo.
1934: On the 4th Sunday of Lent, «Laetare» -- pope Pio XI canonizes Louise de Marillac in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. Officials of 40 nations among with over 100 Vincentians and 100 Daughters of Charity and over 250 Ladies of Charity attend the ceremony. Superior General, Fr. Charles Souvay, Fr Cazot - Director of Daughters of Charity and Fr Scognamillo -- the Postulator of the canonization process assist as well. French Church is represented by Msgr Liénart - the Dean of bishops and the Paris Church represent Msgr Courbe - Secretary General of Catholic Action and pastors of parishes attached to St. Louise and St. Vincent -- St. Nicholas de Chardonnet and St.Lawrence. Canonization was a three day ceremony. Services of last two days were taken in the Church of Saint Andrew Behind the Walls were presided by Cardinal Angello Pacelli, future pope Pio XII.
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Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous (Rom 5, 19)
The new Adam overcomes temptations. Through him, we are provided with a way out of trials, so that we may be able to bear them.
- Full reflection: First Sunday of Lent, Year A-2014
- Bear your share of hardship for the gospel (2 Tim 1, 8)
Jesus came from the Father and has come into the world to save us. We will be saved if we imitate him, leaving the familiar and secure to help others.
- Full reflection: Second Sunday of Lent, Year A-2014
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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How to post news of your Vincentian ministry
Following this link will take you to a list of Vincentian ministries.
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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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