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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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13 April in History

1651: Council of Daughters of Charity gathers in Saint Lazare where in presence of Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, Assistant sr. Juliana Loret and sister Genevieve Poisson they are to appoint new second assistant after death of sister Isabelle Hellot. Among few candidates Vincent chooses sr. Juana de la Croix.

1713: Fathers Criais, Houbert, Abot and Renou arived to Puducherry (formerly - Pondichéry) on the South-Eastern coast on Indian peninsula. They were designated by Fr Bonnet to assure the religious services on l'île Bourbon, as Propaganda asked for. Vessel's captain refused to continue journey and confreres had to patiently remain in Pondicherry.

1899: Msgr John Baptist Sarthou CM, Vicar General of Northern Tche-ly dies in Beijing. Chronoligally, he was fifth of eight Vincentian bishops directing the diocese of Beijing during a century sice it was splitted in 1856. He was born on April 24, 1840 i Dozait in the department of Landais in France. Entered Saint Lazare in 1861 and was ordained on May 27, the same year. Then he taught philosophy in the seminary in La Rochelle. In 1872, upon his request, he departed for China. His first post in Beijing. IN 1885 was nominated an Apostolic Vicar of Western Tche-ly as a successor of msgr Francis Fernand Tagliabue CM. In 1890 appointed Vicar of Northern Tche-ly residing in Beijing. Neither masacres and incends in Mongolia nor Chinese-Japanese war of 1893 did not stop his apostolate. Serious illnes lead him to die in the age of 59.

1951: Fr Ferdinand Thiefry, pro-vicar of Southern Kiang-si died in his chamber in Kian.

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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

Misgivings, Doubts, Questions, Darkness

Jesus was once dead, but now he lives forever and ever. For God raised him from the dead. May our misgivings not lead us to deny him.

Full reflection: Third Sunday of Easter, Year B-2021

Joyful to See the Lord in Their Midst

The risen Christ stands in the midst of his disciples and wishes them peace. He shows them his hands and his side. And they turn joyful.

Full reflection: Second Sunday of Easter, 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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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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