The Mission and Vocation of the Priest– and Religious, and Lay Person– According to St. Vincent

Missioners — priests and brothers, Daughters of Charity, and [lay] members of confraternities of charity are for St. Vincent, first of all, baptised Christians.

Frederic Ozanam: Pioneer and Prophet

Frederic Ozanam’s practical theology foreshadowed seismic shifts in Catholic social theory 100 years into the future.

Frederic Ozanam’s Tactical Wisdom For Today’s Society

Excerpts from an article by Fr. Thomas McKenna, C.M. in which he examines Frédéric Ozanam’s conception of how a religious tradition should engage its surrounding society.

Congregation of the Mission Martyrs of the French Revolution (September 2)

Blessed Louis-Joseph François, Blessed Jean-Henri Gruyer, Blessed Pierre-René Rogue, Blessed Jean-Charles Caron, and Blessed Nicolas Colin were martyred along with many others during the French Revolution on September 2 and 3, 1792 after they refused to take an oath that would have placed them under the authority of the state.

May 9: Feast of St. Louise de Marillac

May 9: Feast of St. Louise de Marillac

In the article "The Concept of Consecration in the Writings of Louise de Marillac," Sr. Carmen Urrizburu, DC, notes that in the convent where Louise was placed as a child after the death of her father, she came to understand that 'consecration' implied silence and...

April 28: Feast of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

April 28: Feast of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

April 28 is the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962), a doctor, wife, and mother who chose to continue with her fourth pregnancy, despite knowing that having this child could result in her own death. She is part of the Vincentian Family because in her younger years she served among the elderly and needy as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Our Excuses For Not Giving

Our Excuses For Not Giving

During Lent, we are asked to focus more closely on almsgiving. Almsgiving can take many forms, but here, let’s think about straightforward monetary donations. Read and ponder what Frederic Ozanam had to say…

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