Vincent's Daily Life

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A Reconstruction by John Rybolt, CM

Based on Contemporary Documents

This is an initial presention of a massive work by John Rybolt CM who has compiled a month by month calendar for Vincent's entire life.

John Rybolt writes...

"This calendar is a day-by-day listing of the known activities of Vincent de Paul from 1596 to 1660. Its purpose is to show graphically his activities in chronological relation to each other and, where possible, to track his movements while traveling on missions or other activities.

The sources for these events are principally his letters, conferences and other documents as published by Pierre Coste, Vincent de Paul, Correspondance, Entretiens, Documents, [CED] 14 vols., Paris, 1920-1925. In addition, many others have been used, and these are mentioned in the list of abbreviations accompanying the Calendar. The English translation of Coste's CED has been referenced for letters that were discovered after the publication of his work. These are generally given as the number of the letter used by Coste, plus the letter "a" or "b" as the case may be.

For some years and for many months, we have no indication of his activities. By the end of his life, however, we are much better informed. For those activities about which we know the month but not the exact date, I have placed them at the beginning of the month with an appropriate question mark about the exact date. I have also noted the occasions on which he stated that he had done something or received a letter, or that he would do something in the coming days. These are marked with a reference to the letter or conference in which the activity is mentioned.

This calendar also specifies his location whenever it is outside of Paris, principally away from Saint Lazare. Otherwise, it is presumed that he was writing from Saint Lazare. The mention of his location is given in boxed form at the foot of the day or days in question, along with the reference. For those days on which he repeated an activity, such as his annual retreat, these are repeated each day. Other recurring events, mainly feast days or other celebrations, such as his ordination anniversary, are presented as boxed on the day in question.

Where we have the data, information about his health condition is given in square brackets. This is particularly relevant toward the end of his life.

The compiler offers this calendar as a help in Vincentian research. He is very willing to receive corrections, updates and clarifications to improve the final product. May it have a long and useful life. At the moment this presentation covers only the year 1658.

A quick glance at each month rasies a question about whether Friday was his day for writing letters and that perhaps he took Thursday off at least from writing.

Month-by-month for the year 1658 (html format)

Caution: At present this file is large and may take some time to load.

(The numbers before most entries refers to the letter as it appears in the collected letters of Vincent.)

To download or view a particular year in .pdf format click on the appropriate link..

1596 1597 1598 1599

1600 1601 1602 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1608 1609

1610 1611 1612 1613 1614 1615 1616 1617 1618 1619

1620 1621 1622 1623 1624 1625 1626 1627 1628 1629.

1630 1631 1632 1633 1634 1635 1636 1637 1638 1639

1640 1641 1642 1643 1644`1645 1646 1647 1648 1649

1650 1651 1652 1653 1654 1655`1656`1657 1658 1659


Abbreviations used for the Calendar of St. Vincent de Paul




Number of the letter as given in Coste, Pierre, ed, Vincent de Paul, Letters, Conferences, Documents.  Refers to the date on the letter and the recipient.


Abelly, Louis, The Life of the

Venerable Servant of God Vincent de Paul;

trans. William Quinn.  New Rochelle, NY, 1993. 3 vols.    + volume + page.


Acami, Domenico, Vita del Ven. Servo di Dio Vincenzo de Paoli, Rome, 1677.

ACM, Paris

Archives de la Congrégation de la Mission, Paris


Archives Nationales, Paris

AN, Koch

Archives Nationales; transcriptions by B. Koch, in ACM, Paris

AN, Zurawski

Archives Nationales, document found by Simone Zurawski; ACM, Paris


Annali della Missione + volume + page


Annales de la Congrégation de la Mission,+ year + pages


Annales de la Visitation (Archives de la Visitation, blvd. Denfert-Rochereau, Paris)


Archives de l’Assistance Publique, Paris


Bons Enfants, Paris


Bibliothèque Municipale de Laon (Koch ; ACM, Paris)


Bulletin des Lazaristes de France


Cause of the

Beatification/Canonization of Vincent de Paul (volumes published in fascicles

in Rome, various years)




Conferences to the Congregation of the Mission + number


Confraternity of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Argenson, René de Voyer d’, Annales de la COmpagnie du Saint-Sacrement, Marseille, 1900)


Collet, see below


Collet, Pierre, Vie de St. Vincent de Paul, Nancy, 1748;  + volume + page


A conference was given on a particular date, but the record of it did not survive.


Félix Contassot, manuscript studies on Vincentian houses; ACM Paris.

Coste, Life

Coste, Pierre, Monsieur Vincent, the Great Saint of the Great Century


Coste, Pierre, ed., Vincent de Paul, Correspondance, Entretiens,

Documents, + volume, +



Conferences to Daughters of Charity + number


Denigot, Maurice, « Monsieur Vincent, sa Congrégation à la Ferme d’Orsigny » Paris, 1978 (photocopied ms.)


Document, Coste, CCD, vol. 13

Dodin, Thesis

Dodin, André, “Louis Abelly, Biographe de Saint Vincent de Paul,” Thèse du doctorat; 3 vols., mimeographed.




? (about Joigny)


Guichard, Notes et Documents, ms. (ACM, Paris)


Jacquart, Jean, « Saint Vincent’s Real Estate Policy”, VH, VII:2 (1986) 181-202


Koch, Bernard, published and unpublished studies; at ACM, Paris


Krakow dossier, archives of the Congregation of the Mission, Krakow


Letter + number of the letter; refers to information contained in a particular letter.


Vincent de Paul.  Exposition

organisée par l’Administration générale de l’Assistance Publique … Paris,

1960. [=Musée de l’Assistance publique]


R. Mathieu, Monsieur Vincent chez les de Gondy, [Montmirail ?] 1966


Mission et Charité, vol. 15


Minutier Central ; unpublished documents, copies in ACM, Paris;  published, ed. by Jacquart (see

above); others by Madeleine Jurgens and Marie-Antoinette Fleury, Documents

du Minutier Central concernant l’Histoire littéraire (1650-1700), Paris, 1960.

MS Lyon

Garé/Depaule, Jeanine, « Les Lazaristes au XVIIe siècle d’après le

manscrit 869 de la Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon », Mémoire de

Maîtrise, 1986. 2 vols. (Photocopied). ACM, Paris.


(Monsieur Vincent??)


Josse, Raymond, « Saint Vincent de Paul par-devant ses notaires », Le Vieux Papier, Oct. 1992, fasc. 326.


Notices sur les pretres, clercs et freres

defunts de la Congrega-tion de la Mission, [1625-1800: vols. l-2] Paris,

1881, 1885.






Prévost, A., Saint Vincent de Paul et ses œuvres dans le diocèse de Troyes. Troyes, 1896.


Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique


Robineau, Louis : Monsieur Vincent raconté par son

secrétaire ; ed.

A. Dodin. Paris, 1991.


Wulfman, René, « Charité publique et finances privées »

Monsieur Vincent, gestionnaire et saint. Thèse du doctorat, Paris, Sorbonne,



Vicente de Paúl, San, Obras completas. Trad. A. Ortiz García. Salamanca, 1972-1986. (Documents, vol. X)


Saint Lazare, Paris

Tallement de Réaux

Charles Perrault, ed., Tallement des Reaux, Les Historiettes, Paris : Bibliotheque de La Pleiade, 1960.