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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14 April in History

1819: By the decree of king Juan VI Daughters of Charity are authorized to stay in Portugal. But by another decree in 1834 suppresses authority of those superiors general who do not have their residence in Portugal. The third one in 1838 suppresses all religious communities in the country. However the last one did not hit Daughters of Charity who could continue apostolate "because of their temporary vows and humanitarian character of their mission". They met many obstacles instead in their presence: Vincentians were divided, local persecutions intensified, there arose a schism in the little Province as well. Situation did not change until 1856 -- when cholera and yellow fever epidemics spread with some 10,000 victims. Decree of February 9, 1857 allows Daughters of Charity from France to come and help with care of infected people. One of the sisters dies because of yellow fever. Superior General, Fr. Etienne, decided that Vincentian priests should assist Daughters in their mission in Portugal. By the decree of February 4, 1858 the Province is reconstituted. But in 1861 another persecutions reoccur. Some 60 Daughters repatriate to France on board of "Orinoco" ship. Only sisters working in St. Louis hospital in Funchal remained. Province is reopened in 1872, but another revolution in 1910 forces Daughters to return to Maison Mere. Finally, Province is reactivated in 1927 and develops as well that soon they open mission in Mozambique.

1919: Group of twelve young revolutionaries arrive to nationalized provincial house in Budapest, Hungary.

1945: Fr Louis Genouville dies in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar. For years he worked among students in Berceau de Saint-Vincent. He was opera baritone and a musician. As a youngster he dreamed about going to overseas mission, but because of his old mother he didn't want such sacrifice for her. When she died in 1927, he returned to his missionary idea and decided to go to Madagascar.

1955: Fr Jacob Péborde dies in Dax. He was born in Landes. Ordained priest in 1899. For ten years worked in the Notre Dame parish in Dax and next eleven years as a pastor in Saubesse. In 1925 he entered the Congregation which was very beneficial to major seminaries in Évreux and Algiers where was a respectful educator.

1961: It is announced to the Community that beatification process for eighty-seven Vincentian martyrs from civil war in Spain in 1936 has begun.

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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

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

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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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