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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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Fr. Gautier writes to Sister Turgis and in the form of a living eulogy tells her that she is destined to be beside Louis and thus will be able to share in her wisdom, virtue and example. Indeed she will be able to share the spirit that has been communicated to Louise. He says: "I believe you will be able to nurse from her breasts as a child is fed by her mother."


Vincent write to Charles Ozenne: "I imagine that good Monsieur Guillot and his companions have now reached Warsaw....As for the Daughters of Charity, they are all set to go, ready to leave by the first opportunity they can find....Monsieru Almeras returned from Sedan yesterday. He had been there for some time, and God so blessed his way of acting that he edified the whole Court, which was there at the time. In addition, Our Lord has led back to the Company Monsieur Chardon, who has left. Monsieur Berthe, who welcomed him in Rome, has written that he is going to send him to Genoa, where he can replace good Monsieur Martin, who is returning to France to take charge of our house in Sedan. God Monsieur de Chesne is still sick in Agde; I have written to him, telling him to go to Cahors or to Notre-Dame de Lorm, where I hope he will be restored to perfect health, and I have written Monsieur Mugnier to go to Agde to take his place. Poor Brother Ducournau is still sick."

1715 The Vincentian missionaries who had been ministering in the parish of Our Lady of Buglose, (very near the birth place of Vincent de Paul) receive a donation to give a mission every two years in this area and to help the poor in this area.

1874 During the 23 General Assembly in which 85 members of the Congregation were in attendance, a decree in signed which obliged all the missionaries to now return to their houses. The missionaries had been dispersed because of the vicissitudes of the time.

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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

Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

Jesus alone is Lord, the Most High, for there is no better and more lowly servant of all than he. Hence, to mistake his greatness with that of the world is to be foolish before him.

Full reflection: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B-2021

Rumors, No; Intimate Knowledge, Yes

Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed. To know and confess him so is to go beyond rumors; it is to live and die like him.

Full reflection: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B-2021

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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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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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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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