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.
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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25 March in History
1634: In Paris. Louise de Marillac, authorized by Monsieur Vincent, renovates her vow of widowhood.
1642: As a souvenir of Mother Louise consecration of her life into service of Lord Of Charity chosen by Daughters of Charity for the Solemnity of Annunciation to celebrate renovation of their vows, during the Mass for the day, Mother Louise, sr Barbara Angeboust and three other Sisters take their perpetual vows to give their whole life to service of poor.
1644: During the Mass on the Solemnity of Annunciation, in the church of St. Nicholas de Chardonnet, Louise de Marillac. sr Barbara Angeboust and three more sisters renew their vows, taken two years before, of living the whole life in chastity, obedience, poverty and service of the poor.
1657: In Paris, brother John Jourdain dies. He was the first brother coadjutor in the Congregation of the Mission which he entered on February 13, 1627. Earlier he was equerry master and master of the house of marquise de Maignelay.
1805: Elizabeth Ann Seton receives her First Communion at St. Peter's Church, Barclay Street, New York City.
1808: Elizabeth Ann Seton makes vows for one year and given title of "Mother" by John Carroll, bishop of Baltimore.
1813: A decree demands City of Paris to purchase the l'Hôtel de Châtillon (at rue de Bac, presently Motherhouse) and install Daughters of Charity there as they were installed in the residence at rue du Vieux-Colombier until the Revolution.
1824: In the age of 35,Joseph Rosati,CM is consecrated coadjutor bishop of New Orleans by Msgr Louis Dubourg, bishop of Florida and Louisiana in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
1852: Group of sisters from community of Sisters of Charity pof St.Joseph, persuaded and assisted by archbishop of Cincinnati msgr John Purcell, establish an independent religious diocesan community of Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. These sisters didn't want to accept union of their Emmitsburg based community with 'French' Daughters of Charity. They wanted to preserve American character and heritage of their community. In 1920s they transferred to papal rights company by introducing new Constitutions and changing traditional Setonian style dress to modern one. Presently, about 500 sisters and 150 lay associates (women and men) work in 34 US dioceses and in Guatemala.
1911: 659 Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) make perpetual vows for the first time. The community was established in 1812 by nineteen year old Catherine Spaldiong and her two associates. They responded to bishop's David of Bardstwon, Kentucky call for assistance in ministering to the needs of the people of the area. The community follows the rule of St. Vincent de Paul. Presently SCN sisters serve in 20 states in the U.S.A., in India, Nepal and Belize, Central America.
1937: By the decree of Congregation for Eastern Churches signed by cardinal Eugene Gabriel Tisserant Prefecture Apostolic of Tigré on Abyssinian territories (Presently Ethiopia and Eritrea) is erected and confined to Italian Vincentians. Prefect's residence was established in Adigrat.
Vincentian People, Places and Ideas
Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Waiting Patiently and Mercifully
Like his Father, Jesus is merciful. He does not wish sinners to die. Rather, he is waiting for them to repent and live, full of fruit of righteousness.
- Full reflection: Third Sunday of Lent, Year C-2019
- Pass over from Death to Life, from Evil to Good
Jesus has the words of eternal life. They go and listen to him, those who seek to pass over from death to life, from evil to good.
- Full reflection: Second Sunday of Lent, Year C-2019
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."
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 JosÃ© MarÃa RomÃ³n Fuentes, C.M., Father John Rybolt was appointed to continue the work begun byJosÃ© MarÃa RomÃ³n 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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