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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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10 April in History

1628: John Francis de Gondi, archbishop of Paris, conceded Priests of the Mission the faculty of practicing their ministry in all of the parishes in his diocese. He also erected the Confraternity of Charity.

1654: Conference of Vincent de Paul in Saint Lazare about spiritual communication.

1791: Francis Regis Clet departs for China. He will arrive to Macao six months later.

1808: In Paris. Fr Dominic Francis Hanon, Vicar General, addresses a letter to the minister of internal affairs. He suggests in the letter, that possessions, legally belonging to <<previous Congregation>> should be returned to the reestablished Company unless they are not sold yet. The request was denied.

1830: In the residence of archbishop of Paris Archdeacon of Saint Genevieve, Fr Domingo Salhorgne, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, Fr. Joseph Boulanger, Assistant, Fr John Baptist Etienne, the Treasurer General, Fr John Maria Aladel and some other persons continue dressing of the corps of St. Vincent de Paul. Among many vestments put on the skeleton it is worth to mention about the stole made of golden fabrics like for a bishop and a cross with wax arms decorated with the reliquaries of Original Cross, the one St. Vincent used to exhort dieing king Louis XIII. The Cross itself was preserved in the treasury of Notre Dame. Then the body was put on the platform to make adoration and veneration possible until the transportation.

1896: Buffalo, New York,USA. Msgr Stephen Vincent Ryan, C.M. , second bishop of Buffalo, dies. Born on January 1, 1825 in Canada graduated from College of St.Charles in Philadelphia. Entered the Congregation in 1844. He was professor in College of St. Mary and in Cape Girardeau where he was Superior, too. In 1857 was appointed Visitor of Province of the United States. Eleven years later, in 1868 succeeded Msgr John Timon, C.M. as second bishop of Buffalo. His bishoprics was marked numerous churches and colleges build in the diocese and augmentation of diocesan and religious clergy as well. He founded the College of St. Canisius and periodical journal. He also built bishop's residence and the Catholic Association for Young Families House.

1955: New Constitutions, approved in 1954, are sent to all houses of the Congregation of Daughters of Charity.

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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

Meet with the Risen Jesus Christ

Jesus is not among the dead; he has risen. It is our turn to find out how and where to meet him.

Full reflection: Easter Sunday, Year A-2020

: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

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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.

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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