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De Comet House

Vincent de Paul and the de Comet Family

Vincent de Paul's early education was from a relative, Stephen de Paul, who was in charge of the Hospital-Priory of Poymartet, not far distant from Pouy. It was with Stephen de Paul that he began to study Latin, as a basis for his further education. Around the age of twelve, Vincent went to Dax, a town in the south of France. The name 'Dax' is derived from the the Latin 'de aquis' meaning 'from the waters'. Remnants of Roman Baths and aqeducts can still be seen in what is now a city. At Dax, Vincent lived in a boarding house which was kept by the Friars Minor to provide lodging for the children of the surrounding district. Adjacent to this lodging was a College which Vincent attended. While at the College, he came to the attention of Monsieur de Comet, a lawyer who lived in Dax and was the district Justice of Pouy.

Window in a Dax Church

M de Comet eventually took Vincent into his own home (pictured top right of this page) and entrusted him with the education of his two sons, while leaving him time to pursue his own studies. Vincent probably studied at Dax for only two years, then moved to Toulouse to begin his studies in Theology. Vincent's time in Dax is commemorated by the Stained Glass Window (at left) that can be found in a church at Dax.



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