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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7 April in History

1655:By the occasion of ascending the throne of St. Peter by Alexander VII, (pope Pio X died on January 7) St. Vincent decided to present modified Rules of the Congregation to new Pope. Fr Edmond Jolly was appointed a delegate in this case. He succeded and on September 22 the Company was granted a juridical status, simple vows and timeless exemption distinquishing the religoius Orders and religious Congregations.

1870: Rome. Pope Pio IX dated breve addressed to Fr. John Baptist Etienne, Superior General of the Congregation. He expresses his satisfaction from receiving the profesion of faith in the subject of pontifical infallibility which Superior General did in his letter to His Holiness of March 25.

1896: Fort Dauphin, Madagascar. Fr Santiago Crouzet accompanied by Fr Joseph Castan, Fr Peter Gaber , brothers Joseph Collard, John Cazeau and Peter Renaudin disembark the ship. On demand of Holy See they take over the mission in the South of the Red Island, where tombs of first sons of St. Vincent were.

1909: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fr. Julius Clavelin dies a day before 71st birthday. He was born on April 7, 1834 in Neuvy sue Seille. All his priesthood lived in Brazil, especially as Superior of Caraça College where he devotedly worked on educating numbers of graduates of whom the house is proud. Among his graduates where numbers of priests, six bishops, two presidents of the country, minister of finance and many others.

1960: Diocese of Fort Dauphin on Madagascar, where Vincentians and Daughters of Charity have been working since 1895, was given St. Vincent de Paul as the patron.

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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

True to His Mission until Death

Jesus is the one whom God has sent to bring the Good News to the poor. He endures the cross to stay true to his mission. He wants us to be like him.

Full reflection: Palm Sunday, Year A-2020

Merciful to the Utmost and Lifegiving

Jesus is merciful as his Father is merciful. That is why he weeps with us who face death. And he surrenders to it to bring us life to the full.

Full reflection: Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A-2020

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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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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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