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.
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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20 August in History
1617. Vincent preaches a sermon in Châtillon and asks the congregation to help a family whose members have all taken ill.
1655 Vincent gives a conference to the missionaries explaining to them the reasons why the “little method” should be used in preparing their sermons.
1656. Vincent gives a conference to the Daughters of Charity on article #7 of their Rule, concerning poverty. He states: “They [the Daughters] shall honor the poverty of Our Lord, and rest content with having their little needs supplied with the usual simplicity.” Vincent them again re-reads this article and explains it to them word by word.
1791. Nine Vincentian missionaries, working in the parish of Saint Louis are condemned to death in Rochefort. This condemnation is the result of their refusal to sign the Constitution of the Clergy. Some of the parishioners heard of their imprisonment and were able to free them.
1844. Six members of the Sisters of Charity take charge of the Hospital of Schwrzach. In 1882 these Sisters will unite themselves with the Daughters of Charity.
1850. The Alberoni School is attacked by troops of the Duke of Parma and the superior and the professors are imprisoned because some books, periodical and poems of students on the theme of independence were found. This attack led to the renewal of diplomatic relations between France and Parma and also protests from the Holy See.
2008. Madrid. Fr.Claudio Ojeda y Perez CM, is killed in the catastrophe of Spanair JK 5022 flight from Madrid to Canary Islands on the Barajas airport. Fr. Claudio was on his trip to Canaries to rejoin his family and undertake final medical tests before going back to the Mission in Cameroon where he was working since 1998.
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Reflection for Sunday Readings
- Transform and Cleanse Society
Jesus, God’s Anointed One, baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire. Our baptism commits us to his mission to transform society and cleanse it of sin.
- Full reflection: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C-2019
- Courageous, Watchful, Ready, Faithful
Jesus is the leader of those to whom the Father sees fit to give the kingdom. Those who truly belong to him are courageous, watchful, ready, faithful.
- Full reflection: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C-2019
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."
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
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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 JosÃ© MarÃa RomÃ³n Fuentes, C.M., Father John Rybolt was appointed to continue the work begun byJosÃ© MarÃa RomÃ³n 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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