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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6 December in History
1658 In 1658, St. Vincent gives one of his most important conferences to the missioners about “the end of the Congregation of the Mission: personal sanctification, instruction of the poor, formation of the clergy. He listed other works which are secundary: the Direction of the DCs, hospital apostolate, etc. He also refuted some objections.
1854 In 1854, Florence Nightingale leaves for Crimea, heading a group of Protestant nurses from England. A curious fact is that before leaving, they wanted to visit the Mother House of the DCs where Fr. Etienne received them. He told them that without the Eucharist, he feared the work would not last. After a short time there, the nurses returned to England.
Vincentian People, Places and Ideas
Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Rejoice in the Lord, for He is Near
Jesus is near. He will rule the world and all peoples with justice. Hence, those who wait for him, and seek his kingdom, rejoice.
- Full reflection: Third Sunday of Advent, Year C-2021
- Outskirts of Large Cities and Towns
Jesus has become poor so that we may be rich by his poverty. He chooses but the poor on the outskirts to witness to him.
- Full reflection: Second Sunday of Advent, Year C-2021
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.
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.
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 JosÃ© MarÃa RomÃ³n Fuentes, C.M., Father John Rybolt was appointed to continue the work begun byJosÃ© MarÃa RomÃ³n 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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