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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2 March in History
1796: Vannes, France. At 8 o'clock a.m. St. Pierre René Rogue is being presented at the revolutionary tribunal of Morbihan.
1875: Hôtel-Dieu, Narbonne, France. Sister Buchepot dies. She was Directoress of Daughters of Charity Seminary in 1845 -- 1866.
1907: Quito, El Ecuador. Fr. Jean Claviere dies. First Director of Daughters of Charity in Ecuador and first Visitor of Congregation of the Mission province of Ecuador, born 1830, entered the Community in 1859 at Saint Lazaire. He came to South America together with first group of Daughters of Charity and Lazarists after being invited by President Garcia Moreno to settle in the country. From 1870 to his death he helped establish 22 houses of Daughters of Charity in the country. Some of the houses had to be closed due to sanctions imposed by new government after replacing President Moreno.
1910: Mother House, Paris. Sister Kieffer, the 40th Superioress General of Daughters of Charity died. During her term in office the sad thing happened. Over 300 schools were closed because of the new legislature banning religious communities form running schools. In the same time number of sisters in seminary increased to 390, not including those in other provinces.
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Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Clothe Ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus lets us know that God calls us all to his kingdom. Besides, Jesus shows us how to clothe ourselves with him, so we may be of those whom God chooses.
- Full reflection: Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A-2023
- Dare the Wise and Learned to Be Truthful
Jesus is the sign of contradiction. He brings to light what we harbor in our hearts. He cannot but dare us to be truthful.
- Full reflection: Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A-2023
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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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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