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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29 September in History
1663 After a four months journey the last group of Missionaries that Vincent had intended to send to Madagascar arrive there. Fr. Almeras was responsible for the realization of this project. In previous journeys some of the missionaries had died on board the ship or been drowned. During this last journey the boat almost collided with an iceberg.
1671 Fr. Almeras announces that Pope Clement X had granted new favors to the Congregation. This was the result of a petition made to the Holy See by Cardinal Spinola who was very enthusiastic about the results of the missions that were given in his Diocese.
1856 In the presence of Fr. Etienne, a statue is erected in the plaza of Chatillon-les-Domes. This statue is the work of the sculptor E. Cabuchet.
1883 After their retreat, a group of priests from Perigueux, together with their bishop, Bishop Dabert, make a pilgrimage to Chateua-l’Eveque. They are joined by 80 Daughters of Charity who also have just completed their retreat. During the Mass, which was celebrated by the bishop, he said: "Let this mark the beginning of the pilgrimages here. We hope that members of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Volunteers of Charity, the Marian Youth and all the faithful will participate in these pilgrimages.
Vincentian People, Places and Ideas
Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Commit to the Poor of Flesh and Blood
Jesus goes about doing good; he loves in deed and truth. He does not just commit to an ideology. St. Vincent is like him.
- Full reflection: Solemnity of St. Vincent de Paul 2023
- Admire the Thoughts and Ways of God
Jesus makes known to us God, who is good to all and has mercy on all he has made, and whose thoughts and ways we are to admire.
- Full reflection: Twenty-Fifth 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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