Vincentian Encyclopedia

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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 June in History

1793: The Nord (North) department in France obliged Hospital Sisters to take the civil oath under penalty of dismissal. Sisters of Cambrai refused it and were imprisoned in Compiègne uo to month of Thermidor (July - August).

1895: In Rome Cardinal Aloisi Masella, prefect of the Congregation of Rites, wrote to Father Antoine Fiat, Superior General, to tell him about his joy of appearing before the Congregation of Rites, on June 4, in order to introduce the cause of Louise de Marillac. The cardinal added that during the hearing that he has left at the moment, Pope Leo XIII decided to sign on this day the decree proclaiming the co-founder of the Daughters of Charity venerable.

1913: Princeton, New Jersy, USA, Fr. William Slattery is received to the Congregation of the Mission, US Eastern Province.

1938: In Berceau-Saint-Vincent, died Brother Joachim Nunès. Born in Estreito daCamara dos Labs, Portugal, on December 8, 1868, he entered the small company in the age of 22 and made his vows in Bemfica, on February 19, 1893. Because of the political unrests in his native country he exiled in France and turned his various talents to success of Berceau, Dax and Maison Mere as well. Being illiterate he learned to read but he kept reluctant for writing and did not know multiplication table. Not having any science school he successfully constructed very complicated water feeding pipeline system in Barceau. He invented a system of trucks and pulleys of his own to passage the pipeline under railway. His invention allowed to do this job in less than two hours instead of hiring many men according to railway administration engineers.

1964. Nomination of first members of the Vice-Province of Indonesia Council.

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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

Table to Which Jesus Invites us

Jesus gives us his flesh to eat and his blood to drink. To sit down at his table means to be one with him and with others.

Full reflection: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A-2023

Savor the Love that God Has for Us

Jesus shows the depth of God’s love to the end. To savor such love is to know the One who creates us and is with us and makes us breathe.

Full reflection: Trinity Sunday, Year A-2023

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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.

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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.

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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


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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