Vincentian Encyclopedia

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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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12 April in History

1641: Meaux. Bishop Dominique Séguier approves establishment of Priests of the Mission in Crécy-en-Brie. It was founded in the name of the King by Mr. De Lorthon, chancellor and secretary of king Louis XIII. King gave Missioners the residence and boarding for eight priests and two brothers, whose role was to preach popular missions in the diocese of Meaux. Due to certain financial issues Vincent de Paul sent three priests and a brother to Crécy.

1658: Conference of Vincent de Paul in Saint Lazare about Holy Week and Easter and motives to benefit from this days.

1891: Fr. Anthony Heurteux, Apostolic Prefect and Visitor of Province of Constantinople dies in the age of 84. He was born in small village in diocese of Amiens in the modest family. Being 19, he recognized priestly vocation when he attended missions provided by confreres. He went to major seminary in Amiens and then on October 22, 1837 he entered the Congregation. His priesthood he spent in Middle East where he stayed for almost half of century being a professor in Naxie, Smyrne, Santorin and Alexandria for nine years. Next 24 years he spent as a superior in Naxie and three years in the Sacred Heart College in Santorin. In 1881 he was designated to succeed Fr. Salvarye as a Visitor and automatically the Apostolic Prefect, since Rome attached this post to Visitors of Province of Constantinople.

1942: Krakow, Poland. Fr Kowolck is arrested in the Stradom house. Fro two month he is held in concentration camp in Krakow, and then transported to KL Auschwitz, then to KL Mathausen, KL Gusen and finally to KL Dachau on December 1, 1944.

1946: Vicar General, Fr. Edward Robert, reports to the Congregation for Religiouses that the dependance of Congregation of Daughters of Charity from the Superior of Congregation of the Mission exists from the very beginning of the communities and for all 300 years of their history it never negatively affected the charity works undertaken by congregations. During the audition of August 12, 1946, pope Pio XII approves the exemption which allowed both companies to be united in on all continents.

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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

Joyful to See the Lord in Their Midst

The risen Christ stands in the midst of his disciples and wishes them peace. He shows them his hands and his side. And they turn joyful.

Full reflection: Second Sunday of Easter, Year B-2021

Attest that Jesus Is among the Living

Jesus has risen and has appeared to his disciples. He chooses them as his witnesses who will attest that he is alive.

Full reflection: Easter Sunday, Year B-2021

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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.

As this encyclopedia grows in viewership your organization will receive additional visibility if it is listed here.

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Consider yourself as a member of a committee charged with writing an article on Vincentian formation.

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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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