VC-ENfeaturedimageThe Vincentian Congregation is a clerical society in the Syro-Malabar Church with its Generalate at Edappally in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. It comes under the category of the Societies of Common Life according to the manner of religious. It is of Pontifical right. The congregation was founded on 20 November 1904 as a Koventha at Thottakom by Fr. Varkey Kattarath, Vicar of Vaikom, with three diocesan priests, based on the Common Rules of St. Vincent de Paul, on the model of the Congregation of the Mission, founded by him in 1625.

The Congregation draws its spirit and distinctive character from the life and works, and the Common Rules of St. Vincent de Paul who is chosen as the Father and Patron of the Vincentian Congregation. The Congregation has taken as its motto, “He has sent me to proclaim the Good News to the poor” (Lk.4:18), which inspired St. Vincent de Paul. The specific and pre-eminent purpose of the Congregation is the evangelization of the poor, especially the more abandoned. It is realized in the Popular Mission retreats, preaching ministry, missionary works and through charitable, social and educational apostolate.

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