Vincentian Encyclopedia


What is the Vincentian Encyclopedia?

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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22 February in History

1762. XIII General Assembly opens in Paris with 36 delegates. New Superior General -- Fr. Antoine Jacquier -- is elected. Fathers Alexis Pertuisot (superior of Cahors and Visitor of Guyenne), Jean Moliner (superior fo Figeac) and Antoine Holleiville (superior of Toul and Visitor of Champagne) become Assistants together with Fr Joseph Testori already in position.

1862. In Tehran Fathers Jean Baptiste Varèse CM and Louis Plagnard CM open College of St. Louis with 15 students at the beginning. Due to efforts of other confreres Fr Sontag, Fr.Guillaume Delteil and Fr. Aristide Chatelet the college develops very well despite governmental actions and wars. In 1952 there are already 530 students there. When Fr. Varese and Plagnard arrived to Tehran, they rented a small house wher one of the chambers was turned to Mary Immaculate chapel. One could count up to 80 Catholics, mainly Europeans then.

1865. A huge fire in the Provincial House of Daughters of Charity in Turkey turns the building and stables into ruins. 4 children are carbonized. 120 orphans and 40 Sisters are on the street with no place to live. Daughters of Charity arrived to Turkey in 1839. The province is erected in 1864.

1940 This is reckoned as the approximate date of the death of the Vincentian Bishop Tch'en, assassinated while returning from administering the sacraments to a dying man. The Chinese boy who had accompanied him was killed while trying to defend the Bishop.

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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

End, and of course, beginning, too, of our seeking

Jesus is the beginning and the end of our efforts to seek the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Full reflection: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A-2017

Peace and reconciliation at all costs

Christ is our peace. He breaks down, through his flesh, the wall of hatred that separates us from one another.

Full reflection: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A-2017

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 Romón Fuentes, C.M., Father John Rybolt was appointed to continue the work begun byJosé María Romón 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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