|Vincent de Paul|
St. Vincent de Paul
|Death||September 27, 1660|
Bernard Pujo writes:
The essential point emerges: his example and his message inspirted an ever-growing number of disciples.
After the revolution which ravaged the priory of Saint Lazare on July 13, 1789 and destroyed most of the letters and objects left behind by Vincent, after all the alarms of war which had marked the two preceding centuries, and in spite of the profound changes in mentality both inside and outside the Church, the Vincentian family never stopped developing.
Today it has presence on all five continents, thus fulfilling its founder’s wish, expressed in one of his last conferences to his missionaries.
- “Our vocation is to go not into one parish, nor into only one diocese, but throughout the earth. And to do what? To inflame the hearts of men. It is not enough for me to love God if my neighbor does not love him as well. (May 30, 1659 - SV 12: 262)
Today the Congregation of the Mission numbers 3,600 members, known under the name of Lazarists, and the community of the Daughters of Charity numbers 27,000, working in over 80 countries of the world.
Finally, more than 500 congregations or communities, most of them congregations of women, declare themselves followers of Vincent or under his patronage.
See also his life as presented in the INTRODUCTION to the Constitutions of the Congregation of the Mission
See also Vincent's Daily Life
John Rybolt CM 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.
Vincent de Paul: life, times, words a brief introduction at the Vincentian Center, St John's University