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Vincentian Encyclopedia


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. It also includes legal and historical documents and articles by contemporary Vincentian historians and spiritual writers. It is an encyclopedia created "by" and "for" the Vincentian Family.
The project is a uniquely collaborative effort of many people. Widely accessible technology that allows people to work collaboratively is rapidly changing the way content is created on the web. The best known application of the technology is "Wikipedia", a free user created encyclopedia whose English version has almost three million articles.
The Vincentian Encyclopedia adaptation of wikipedia is presently set up so that 'any registered user of this site can create and edit pages . To register use the login/register link at the top right of this page.
The software behind this project supports many forms of collaboration. For example, work groups and committees can draft documents collaboratively before or after committee meetings, saving travel time and expenses. An example: Using this site to collaborate on a document.
The software also supports exchange of information about ongoing projects such as Vincentian-Setonian Researchers.

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.

Other Uses of this resource

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.

Using this site to collaborate on a document

Consider yourself as a member of a committee charged with writing an article on Vincentian formation.
Vincentian Formation

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 Román Fuentes, C.M., Father John Rybolt was appointed to continue the work begun by José María Román 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.

Who was Vincent de Paul?


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St. Vincent de Paul lived during the 17th century in France. His funeral drew thousands in Paris and the preacher said that he "just about changed the face of the Church and France". In the 300 years since his death he has inspired millions to walk in his footsteps in many different walks of life. Today there are well over two million people formally associated with what has become to be known as the Vincentian Family.

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Do You Speak Vincentian?

A project currently under development is the compilation of words and phrases commonly used in the various branches of the Vincentian Family.
This Definitions page will allow us to create a Vincentian dictionary of words and phrase use by the followers of Vincent and Louise..
Please feel free to edit any of the following definitions or put in a request for other concepts you would like to see explained. You'll have to login to edit. Create yourself a username, and contribute to the effort!

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 at the Vincentian Family. The following section is devoted to information about the what is common and unique in the ways these people way in the "way of Vincent."

Young people Walking in the Way of Vincent

Someone recently said of the young, "They are not our future, they are our present."
This section is devoted to learning what our young adults are doing in the English-speaking world.

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 rearching and writing.
  • Vincentian-Setonian Researchers is place for people to describe the work they are engaged in and the kind of things they would find helpful in their work.

Vincentian Advocacy Resources

The late Pope john Paul II challenged Vincentians to seek out underlying causes and long term solutions to problems of poverty. While direct service is important it is advocacy which addressed the long term solutions. Vincentian Advocacy will lead to a description of what the followers of Vincent and Louise have been doing to address root causes.

Additional Technical Resources

Wikipedia article on "How to Edit"
Wiki Help
For information on how to write a great VincentWiki article visit
For a further understanding of what is good and bad about wikis visit the following links

Please also see User's Guide for usage and configuration help and documentation on customizing the interface

25 April in History


1656 and 1659: Two councils are held under the chairmanship of Vincent de Paul and in both he emphasizes humility: "if the Daughters of Charity want God to continue His blessing on them and their Company."

1830: In Paris, takes place the solemn translation of the relics of St. Vincent de Paul. The silver reliquary containing the precious remains was transported, the day before, in the afternoon, the Archbishop's residence nearby Notre Dame whose portal, the nave and the choir on agenda King, have been richly decorated by draperies. Since then, the metropolitan basilica did not empty from a hungry crowd approaching the relics of "Father of the poor. "This morning, the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Lambruschini, celebrated the Pontifical Mass in the presence of the archbishop and a dozen of bishops. In the afternoon, at three o'clock, the procession leaves Notre Dame. Associations of men, many Christian Brothers, seminars of Saint-Sulpice, Issy, Saint-Nicolas, the Holy Spirit and Irish priests of the diocese, eight hundreds of Daughters of Charity with fifty orphaned, above the shrine. Surrounded by Priests of the Mission, it is driven by ten men. Behind them, advance two hundred other Daughters of Charity with fifty orphans, and the canons, the chaplains of the king, seventeen bishops and the archbishop. While a platoon of gendarmes closes the procession, four companies and four grenadiers voltigeurs walk along the ranks of the clergy. Upon leaving the cathedral, the procession, singing hymns and the sound of military music, take the Petit-Pont and by rue Taranne, rue du Dragon and the junction of the Red Cross, reached rue de Sevres. Along the route, houses are decorated. In the chapel of the Motherhouse, where could noone enter, as settled the ceremony, the Daughters of Charity, priests, the canons of Notre Dame and bishops. The shrine is placed on a dais at middle of the choir. Bishop Jacques Louis de Quélen, in a touching speech, said the Superior General, Mr. Salhorgne, that he joyfully puts the valuable deposit. The successor of Saint Vincent answered. At six o'clock in the evening Bishop Pierre Maria Cottret, bishop of Caryste, and canon of Saint-Denis, made the planned eulogy. This is a papal blessing that ends this beautiful day".

1945: In Hungary, Sister Visitatrice is called in the room of "supervisor" installed at the Provincial House. A delegate of the workers' council handed her a declaration to be signed which read: "I want to enter the service of the Soviet Republic and I will commend to all its orders". If any Hungarian citizen did not sign, it would be expatriated and foreign religious people who did not wanted to sign must immediately go to the convent where they would be met in order to be repatriated. Sister Visitatrice took advice of Father Director and Prince Primate who both advised signing te declaration but resisting the first order that would have violated the rights of conscience. Prohibition was then made to the Sisters of cooking for the Vincentians and launder their clothes.

2004: Sr. Némésia Valle from the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret in Besançon is being beatified by pope John Paul II.

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