vincent-MoutiersA young Vincentian historian reviews ambiguity of the mission in Madagascar. ” On face value,  the mission was a disaster and there were numerous deaths. Such is the turmoil and evident failure of Madagascar, that the wisdom of Vincent’s decision was vehemently questioned by his confrères  The impact is such that questions still remain today…..”

The Australian  website says so begins a paper written recently by a Vincentian student in the Australian Province of the Congregation of the Mission.  In the paper, the student sets out the problems of the initial Vincentian Mission in Madagascar, a Mission that survived in spite of the  difficulties referred to above,  and still thrives today.  This paper looks at the reasons Vincent may have had for persevering in this most difficult Mission, and how he was able to see  opportunity and hope in the midst of devastation.