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.

Featured Article

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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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.

Other Dates

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

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

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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