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.

Featured Article

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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17 October in History

1655 During a repetition of prayer Vincent says: “Perfection does not consist in escatasies, but in doing God’s will. Now who is there so perfect as to be wanting in nothing? No man is perfect, and even the just man falls seven times a day?....Perfection consists in so uniting our will to God’s that His Will and ours form only one will....The practice of the presence of God is very good, but I believe the practice of doing God’s will in all things is even better. For the latter embraces the former.”

1797 The Directory of Vorges delivers an immediate sentence and 15 priests are exiled. Two Vincentians are among this group: Frs. Perrin and Rambous.

1818 Justin de Jacobis enters the Internal Seminary.

1926 191 martyrs of the French Revolution are beatified. The Vincentian priests Frs. Francois and Gruyer are part of this group

1936 Jose Sanchez Medina, the chaplain and spiritual direction of the Children of Mary in Cartagena is executed by a firing squad in Archena (Murcia). He was the author of the popular book Salve Cartagenera.

1946 A Decree of the Sacred Congregation for Religious recognizes the exempt status of the Daughters of Charity. This exemption had been affirmed by Pius XII on August 12, 1946.

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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

Enthusiasm to Serve to the Bitter End

Jesus is the model of determined and enthusiastic service. His true followers also serve to the end with determination and enthusiasm.

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

Everything, Give Up Everything for Jesus’ Sake

Jesus proclaims the Good News of the Kingdom and helps all kinds of needy people. Those who give up everything to follow him will inherit the Kingdom and its assets and riches.

Full reflection: Twenty-Eighth 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.

Other Uses of this resource

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.

Using this site to collaborate on a document


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

Vincentian Formation

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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