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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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8 March in History

1719: A Circular of Fr Jean Bonnet, Superior General, recommending the need of annual and monthly retreats to "avoid prejudice in the Service of the Poor".

1892: In Blackrock, Ireland. In the age of 84 Fr Thomas McNamara dies (born 1808). He is recognized as a founder of the Congregation of the Mission in Ireland after a long break since first Lazarists left the country in 1664. Soon after priestly ordinations in 1833 together with his friend Fr Jack Lynch they started the idea of rebirth of the community of Missioners. Msgr Daniel Murray, archbishop of Dublin gave them permission to start Mission if they would find financial support. In this order they started the school for boys in Dublin and founded a College in Castleknock in 1835. Meanwhile due to contacts with Fr. John Baptist Nozo, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission Fr McNamara and two of his companions entered Internal Seminary in Paris to become Vincentians. In 1842 he returned to Ireland as a superior of the college in Castleknock. In 1864 he became Visitor of province of Ireland. Then in 1868 to 1889 directed the seminary in Irish college in Paris. When retired from this post he returned to Castleknock.

1928: In Smyrna, Turkey. Fr Eugene Poulin dies. Fr Antonio Fiat, Superiro General, send him there in 1889 to be a director of College and the Mission.

1967: Pope Paul VI nominates Sister Susana Guillemin DC, The Superioress General of Daughters of Charity, to the Council of Justice and Peace.

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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

Crucified Jesus: Despair and Hope; Death and Life

Jesus, crucified for the wicked, is the best proof that God loves us (Rom 5, 8). It is enough for us to gaze on him to believe and live forever.

Full reflection: Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B-2021

Hallow, Honor the Temple of the Lord

Jesus is the final temple that we must hallow. For through him, God is in the midst of the people in the best way that no one can surpass.

Full reflection: Third Sunday of Lent, 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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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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