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.

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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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15 August in History

1662. In the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, in the thirty houses of ten provinces of the Company of the Daughters of Charity is read for the first time at the end of the sentence, the act of consecration of the Congregation of the Mission to the Virgin, whose text, which was sent to the houses of the Congregation by Fr. René Alméras, the 2nd Superior General, in his Circular letter of July 27. (Since then, this consecration of the Congregation is repeated every August 15. Elected by the nineteenth General Assembly on August 4, 1843, Fr Jean Baptist Etienne, also decided that the act of consecration to the Virgin Mary would be pronounced on December 8, Feast of Immaculate Conception, on the same way.)

1717. During the Council, chaired by Fr Jean Bonnet, the Superior General, Sister Catherine Naudin (53 years and 23 in vocation) was chosen to replace dispensed Sister Anne Godfrey who, shortly after her arrival at Mother House, was hit by an attack of apoplexy.

1779. Priests of the Mission are established in the major seminary in Evora, Portugal replacing Jesuits. They were called by the cardinal archbishop Jean-Cosme da Cunha. Maria,the queen was committed to providing the necessary funds for their livelihood.

1809. Angers. Birth of Fr. Eugene Boré, the 15th Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission.

1835. In Paris. Opening of the eighteenth General Assembly. In this year, a sexennial Assembly should take place. The Superior General, Fr. Dominique Salhorgne who, near his eighty years, was overwhelmed with infirmities and surrounded by assistants bent under the weight of age themselves, started the General Assembly. Twenty-nine members were present; visitors and delegates from Poland and Portugal did not participate. On the first session taking place on this day, Fr. Salhorgne gave his resignation and withdrew immediately to leave full freedom to the discussion. Fr. Richenet, second assistant, was bound to speak. He expressed all his reverence for the Superior General and pointed out that physical infirmities have not altered the intellectual faculties of Fr. Salhorgne. He came to offer his resignation because he did not feel sufficiently helped by a council which members were too old. Fr. Richenet proposed that Assembly have had accepted the resignation of Assistants rather than Superior General. Despite these considerations, the Assembly accepted the resignation of Fr. Salhorgne. A deputation of four members went immediately to communicate the decision to Fr. Salhorgne. The venerable old man welcomed it with joy and, hence, returned to the meeting room proclaiming his appreciation to the Assembly.

1900. In the evening, in Beijing, Fr. Pascal Raffaello Addosio CM, while returning from visit to Nan Tang in Pe Tang, was massacred on the street by Chinese soldiers, while allied troops were entering the city. His body was not even found. Fr. Addosio was born near Naples, December 19, 1835, but he entered the seminary in Paris and there he completed his studies and received priesthood on June 2, 1860. Fr. Addosio worked in the Vicariate of Beijing, apart from three years he ministered in the South-West Chi-li.

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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

Flesh and Blood of the New and Everlasting Covenant

Jesus Christ offers us his flesh as true food and his blood as true drink. If we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we have life within us.

Full reflection: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B-2018

Hungry for the Living Bread, the Word Made Flesh

Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven. The hungry who eat him, the Word made flesh, will live forever.

Full reflection: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B-2018

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.

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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 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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