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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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2 October in History


1640 Louise writes Vincent and in this letter we see her gifts of knowledge and intelligence, her ability to handle business matters and the abandoned children and her influence with the Ladies of Charity.


1640 Saint Louise writes the Abbot deVaux stating that if Francis de Sales never rejected any young woman for the Visitation Order because of her poverty than the Daughters of Charity should not refuse women entrance in the Congregation because they do not have the money to pay for their trip to the Internal Seminary.


1652 Bishop Solminihac clarifies the fact that Vincent is no longer a member of the Council of Conscience. In a letter to Vincent he states: “I really think that you are losing nothing personally in being freed of the burden you had, but this is a great loss for the Church, so it would be most desirable if you were still in that position.”


1710 An epidemic besieges Paris and many Vincentians living at Saint-Lazare would die. Among the dead are Fr. F. Watel, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity.


1967 The Superior General of the Daughters of Charity, Susan Guillemin, presents another Daughter of Charity to the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Religious. This Daughter, with three other religious will form part of the Roman Curia. It is the first time that a woman is a member of the Curia.

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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.

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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


Freely You Receive, Freely Give Also

Jesus has redeemed us by his blood. We do not pay, nor can we pay, for our redemption; we receive it freely.

Full reflection: Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C-2022


Crucible That Tests Our Hearts

Jesus is the only one that his disciples need to know and speak of. From the cross, he proclaims that those who are his go through the crucible. They thus get to be just like him.

Full reflection: Solemnity of St. Vincent de Paul 2022


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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

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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

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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

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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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