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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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1656 and 1659: Two councils are held under the chairmanship of Vincent de Paul and in both he emphasizes humility: "if the Daughters of Charity want God to continue His blessing on them and their Company."

1830: In Paris, takes place the solemn translation of the relics of St. Vincent de Paul. The silver reliquary containing the precious remains was transported, the day before, in the afternoon, the Archbishop's residence nearby Notre Dame whose portal, the nave and the choir on agenda King, have been richly decorated by draperies. Since then, the metropolitan basilica did not empty from a hungry crowd approaching the relics of "Father of the poor. "This morning, the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Lambruschini, celebrated the Pontifical Mass in the presence of the archbishop and a dozen of bishops. In the afternoon, at three o'clock, the procession leaves Notre Dame. Associations of men, many Christian Brothers, seminars of Saint-Sulpice, Issy, Saint-Nicolas, the Holy Spirit and Irish priests of the diocese, eight hundreds of Daughters of Charity with fifty orphaned, above the shrine. Surrounded by Priests of the Mission, it is driven by ten men. Behind them, advance two hundred other Daughters of Charity with fifty orphans, and the canons, the chaplains of the king, seventeen bishops and the archbishop. While a platoon of gendarmes closes the procession, four companies and four grenadiers voltigeurs walk along the ranks of the clergy. Upon leaving the cathedral, the procession, singing hymns and the sound of military music, take the Petit-Pont and by rue Taranne, rue du Dragon and the junction of the Red Cross, reached rue de Sevres. Along the route, houses are decorated. In the chapel of the Motherhouse, where could noone enter, as settled the ceremony, the Daughters of Charity, priests, the canons of Notre Dame and bishops. The shrine is placed on a dais at middle of the choir. Bishop Jacques Louis de Quélen, in a touching speech, said the Superior General, Mr. Salhorgne, that he joyfully puts the valuable deposit. The successor of Saint Vincent answered. At six o'clock in the evening Bishop Pierre Maria Cottret, bishop of Caryste, and canon of Saint-Denis, made the planned eulogy. This is a papal blessing that ends this beautiful day".

1945: In Hungary, Sister Visitatrice is called in the room of "supervisor" installed at the Provincial House. A delegate of the workers' council handed her a declaration to be signed which read: "I want to enter the service of the Soviet Republic and I will commend to all its orders". If any Hungarian citizen did not sign, it would be expatriated and foreign religious people who did not wanted to sign must immediately go to the convent where they would be met in order to be repatriated. Sister Visitatrice took advice of Father Director and Prince Primate who both advised signing te declaration but resisting the first order that would have violated the rights of conscience. Prohibition was then made to the Sisters of cooking for the Vincentians and launder their clothes.

2004: Sr. Némésia Valle from the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret in Besançon is being beatified by pope John Paul II.

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Vincentian People, Places and Ideas

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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.

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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


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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

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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

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

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History of the Congregation of the Mission Project

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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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