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15 Days of Prayer with Saint Vincent de Paul

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15 Days of Prayer with Saint Vincent de Paul

The universally recognized Saint of Charity, Vincent de Paul, lived a rich and complex life. Intensely devoted to Jesus, especially Jesus suffering in the poor, Vincent’s way of reading the gospel has special resonance for today. Throughout his long life, he managed to bring together both prayer and action. Although some mystery shrouds his younger years, he conducted his priestly life in full view through great activities that continue today. His two religious families (the Congregation of the Mission, or Vincentians; and the Daughters of Charity) as well as other groups he founded or inspired (such as the International Association of Charities and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) still look to him for guidance.

This humble son of French peasants would be surprised at the millions today who count themselves as members of the Vincentian Family, but would be grateful for God’s grace spread about on the poor and those who serve them in his spirit.

Jean-Pierre Renouard, a Vincentian, has devoted more than forty years of his priestly life to spiritual formation and Vincentian spirituality. For several years he directed the Vincentian Center at the Berceau de Saint Vincent de Paul, Vincent's birthplace.


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9781565483576
More New City Press Gifts
2010

   

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/27
Tridentine Calendar - 09/27


Patron Of: Charitable Societies, Charity, Hospital Workers, Lepers, Prisoners, Spiritual Help, Hospitals, Horses, Volunteers

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    Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acqs getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acqs. He began divinity studies in 1596 at the University of Toulouse. Ordained at age 20.

    Taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, and sold into slavery. Freed in 1607 when he converted one of his owners to Christianity.

    Returning to France, he served as parish priest near Paris where he started organizations to help the poor, nursed the sick, found jobs for the unemployed, etc. Chaplain at the court of Henry IV of France. With Louise de Marillac, founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. Instituted the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists). Worked always for the poor, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored, the pariahs.

Born

    1581 near Ranquine, Gascony near Dax, southwest France; the town is now known as Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Landes, France

Died
    1660 at Paris, France; body incorrupt

Beatified
    21 August 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII

Canonized
    16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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