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.

Featured Article

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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18 March in History

1803: Portalis, Chancellor of State for Religious Affairs, presents Napoleon Bonaparte, the First Consul, special report in order to officially recognize the Congregation of the Mission in France. Tactics used by Portalis interested Bonaparte very much. Portalis, before he showed present state of missions in Turkey, Algieria, French Islands, Reunion and China, and before showed the financial resources to run these missions, presented the situation of staff in all these missions. This tactics was successful.

1843: Fr John Baptist Etienne, Treasurer General of the Congregation and Fr John Maria Aladel return from Rome. They were there to find solution of delicate problem of schism in the Congregation. Some confreres from Rome, on whose hands Fr John Baptist Nozo put his resignation from the post of Superior General of the Congregation demanded that his successor and assistants were directly nominated by the pope. Such situation would be in contrary to Constitutions of the Community and French government could recognize the decision as illegal. After series of meeting with Vatican officials Fr Etienne and Fr Aladel reached agreement with Italian Visitors in the presence of Fr. John Rosati,CM.

1852: Napoleon III decided to give Sr Rosalie Rendu the Cross of the Legion of Honor. She was ready to refuse this individual honor but Fr. John Baptist Étienne, Superior General, prevailed up her to accept it.

1879: John Joseph Lynch CM is appointed first archbishop of Toronto.

1933: The King of Sardinia approves foundation of Daughters of Charity in his estates. They work so effectively and multiple number of houses there, that soon the island is popularly renamed as "Vincentian Island".

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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

Pass over from Death to Life, from Evil to Good

Jesus has the words of eternal life. They go and listen to him, those who seek to pass over from death to life, from evil to good.

Full reflection: Second Sunday of Lent, Year C-2019

Temptations that We Have to Overcome

The Son of God, is also a son of Adam. So, he goes through the temptations that we humans face. And he shows us how to overcome them, so we may be true to ourselves and our mission.

Full reflection: First Sunday of Lent, Year C-2019

Reflections' Library

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.

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 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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