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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23 October in History
1620 Approval was given for the establishment of a Charity of men. These groups would work in the villages of Folleville, Paillart and Serevillers.
1642 The confreres attending the first General Assembly in Saint-Lazare sign the Acta of the Assembly.
1646 M. Alix dedicates his book Hortus Pastorum to Vincent de Paul.
1649 Vincent writes to Guillaume Delattre, Superior in Agen and says: “I really think that frugality has enabled you to survive. I know you have very little income, that boarders’ fees help you in only a small way, and that, with the high cost of living this year, you will have a hard time managing, but I am also well aware that, if you knew how powerless we are to assist you, you would be sympathetic about this and not even dream of asking us for anything,. The recent ward and present famine in almost the entire kingdom prevent us from being paid and from providing for our own little necessities.”
1857 Fr. Etienne sends Daughters of Charity from France to Portugal to help the Daughters in Barcelona in their struggle against disease of cholera which had already claimed more than 10,000 victims.
1936 The martyrs of Vallecas are executed by a firing squad: José María Fernández, Roque Guillén, Benito Paradela, Cristobal Fonzalez, Casaeo Elexgraray, Juan Nuñez.
1937 J. Mancella dies. He was referred to the “Saint of Cardeña”. He founded the Sisters of Gethsemane to teach catechesis in the parishes.
Vincentian People, Places and Ideas
Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Publicans who confess and plead
Jesus personifies the attitude of publicans who do as the publican in the parable of the Pharisee and the publican.
- Full reflection: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C-2016
- Justice for the poor and defenseless
Jesus guarantees absolutely that God will secure justice for his chosen ones who cry out to him with steadfast faith.
- Full reflection: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C-2016
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.
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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 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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