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Vincentian Ephemerides

Ephemerides: June, 10th

1793: The Nord (North) department in France obliged Hospital Sisters to take the civil oath under penalty of dismissal. Sisters of Cambrai refused it…

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (José Antonio Pagola)

The heart of Christianity The people need Jesus, and they look for him. There is something in him that attracts them, but they still do not know…

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

Put on the new self (Eph 4, 24) Jesus fully reveals God’s will for us. Those who are looking for Jesus do something good. The only thing they…

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Life of St. Vincent de Paul (Forbes). Chapter 11 – End

Chapter 11 “CONFIDO” WHEN at last peace was partially restored to the country, the number of poor people had enormously increased, and the charities that already existed were unable to cope with the misery and poverty in Paris. It was at this time that... read more

Mary in the Vincentian Tradition

Saint Vincent’s key insights about the Blessed Mother and Praising God There were three events in Mary’s life that Vincent referred to often, because they carry three basic attitudes that enable us to praise God rightly: 1. The Immaculate Conception, Mary conceived... read more

Life of St. Vincent de Paul (Forbes). Chapter 10

Chapter 10 TROUBLES IN PARIS The Parliament at last took up the matter; men went about the streets of Paris shouting “Down with Mazarin!” A revolution was feared, and the Queen, with her young son, fled to St. Germain. The Royal troops in the meantime,... read more

Life of St. Vincent de Paul (Forbes). Chapter 09

Chapter 9 THE JANSENISTS WHILE Vincent de Paul was striving, by charity and patience, to renew all things in Christ, the Jansenists* were busy spreading their dangerous doctrines. When the Abbé de St. Cyran, the apostle of Jansenism in France, first came to Paris,... read more

Vincentian Formation

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The Eloquence of Vincent De Paul

Introduction “In the letters of St Vincent de Paul all danger of rhetoric has disappeared. His deeds are eloquent, not his words...” “...St…

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Vincentian Spirituality: Goods

1] The economic structure of France during the seventeenth century Vincent spoke to the Missionaries in order to encourage them to dedicate…

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Community life in Saint Vincent

Before I start, I have to tell you that although I am not entirely in accord with all his conclusions, the most complete study on com­munity life…

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Mary in the Vincentian Tradition

Saint Vincent’s key insights about the Blessed Mother and Praising God There were three events in Mary’s life that Vincent referred to often,…

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The miraculous medal : its origin, history, circulation, results

The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Mary's agency in the Church THIS AGENCY, EVER MANIFEST, SEEMS TO HAVE DISAP­PEARED DURING THE EIGHTEENTH AND IN THE BEGINNING OF THE…

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The miraculous medal : its origin, history, circulation, results

The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Chapter 1

Chapter 1. Sister Catherine, Daughter of Charity Her Birth — Early Life — Vocation — Entrance into the Community — Apparition of the Blessed…

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History of the Vincentian Family

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Society at the time of Saint Vincent de Paul (V)

Attitudes and behaviour towards poor people The mental and social attitudes towards poor people on the part of those living in 17th century society…

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Society at the time of Saint Vincent de Paul (IV)

III. Social aspect In the 17th century, the classes of society remained traditional. In the kingdom, a distinction was made among those who prayed,…

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Society at the time of Saint Vincent de Paul (III)

II. Economic aspect At times, one wonders if the juridical and political systems in the society in the time of Vincent de Paul as in all of the Old…

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Christian Formation

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Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis to all Consecrated People

Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to all Consecrated People on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life   Dear…

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Speaking about Mercy…

Speaking about Mercy... Spirituality of the Brothers CMM On Monday 26, 2014, the general chapter Of the Brothers of the CMM (Congregatio Fratrum…

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The Dream of Saint Joseph (Painted 1773-1774), by Anton Raphael Mengs

The Quiet Carpenter

A few years ago my sister visited me in Rome. As we toured the little chapel in the house where I lived, she asked me, “Where’s Joseph?” I was…

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Life of St. Vincent de Paul (Forbes). Chapter 11 – End

Chapter 11 "CONFIDO" WHEN at last peace was partially restored to the country, the number of poor people had enormously increased, and the charities…

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Life of St. Vincent de Paul (Forbes). Chapter 10

Chapter 10 TROUBLES IN PARIS The Parliament at last took up the matter; men went about the streets of Paris shouting "Down with Mazarin!" A…

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Life of St. Vincent de Paul (Forbes). Chapter 09

Chapter 9 THE JANSENISTS WHILE Vincent de Paul was striving, by charity and patience, to renew all things in Christ, the Jansenists* were busy…

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Louise de Marillac

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The Faith of Saint Louise in light of an Individualistic Society

The title of this presentation is the faith of Saint Louise in light of an individualistic society. This title does not refer to the society in which…

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Louise de Marillac, a portrait. Appendix

Appendix: Details of the careers of members of the Marillac family. The careers of Michel de Marillac and Louise, Comte de Beaumont, held glory, but…

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Louise de Marillac, a portrait. Part IV: The interior life of Louise de Marillac (5)

Towards mystical union The word ‘mysticism’ is often slipping from my pen. Yet I know that Vincent de Paul, dazzled by the radiance of Saint…

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Frédéric Ozanam

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The Frederic Ozanam Story

Foreword The "Frederic Ozanam Story" was put together originally as an introductory talk, to be delivered to the meeting of Presidents of Councils…

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Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 32 (End)

Appendix The gloom of France during the years 1848-5o could not obliterate in Ozanam's mind the memory of Italy in the spring of 1847. The…

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Portrait of Frederic Ozanam in 1852, miniature copy of the portrait by Janmot Louis (1814-1892), probably made by the artist himself.

Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 31

Chapter XXX: Epilogue — His literary and charitable legacy Testimony to the deceased — Literary work — Charitable work — Society of St.…

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Elisabeth Ann Bayley Seton

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton as Educator

As we celebrate Catholic School Week, it is interesting to go back in time and wonder, “What exactly was Saint Elizabeth Seton’s first school…

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Biography of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton 1774-1821

Elizabeth Ann Bayley, one of two daughters of a prominent Episcopal family, was born in New York on August 28, 1774. She was a charming little girl,…

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Hazard yet Forward

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley on August 28, 1774, in New York and was raised Episcopalian. She was the daughter…

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More Vincentian Saints, Blessed & Venerables

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A Humble and Impassioned Witness to the Gospel

A Piedmontese priest of the 19th century was accustomed to say: “In Turin there are four saints: Don Bosco, Cottolengo, Don Cafasso, and Fr.…

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Three Invitations of Blessed Fr. Marcantonio Durando to the Vincentian Family

1. An invitation to revive the spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul Fr. Marcantonio Durando, CM, was always “fascinated” by the spirituality of…

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Blessed Louis Joseph Francois. Part IV – End

On Saturday morning, the 1st of September, a copy of the decree of transportation for refractory priests was handed to the Superior; it deceived…

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Vincentian Writings

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Letter 0056b. To Monsieur l’Abbé de Vaux

(at Paris) Wednesday (April 23, 1641) Monsieur, I no longer have the letter from our sisters which I confided to someone yesterday to bring…

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Letter 0037. To Monsieur l’Abbé de Vaux

April 22 (1641) Monsieur, At the very time that I received the letter that you did me the honor of sending to me, I was reflecting on a…

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Letter 0036b. To Monsieur Vincent

February 9, 1641 Monsieur, At last our good Sister Marie[note]Marie Joly, one of the very First Daughters of Charity, was introduced by Madame…

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Vincentian branches

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Conversations with Elisabeth Charpy, DC (Part 3)

Sr. Elisabeth helps us get to know the first Daughters of Charity, those pioneering women who started it all; hear the stories of their varied…

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Conversations with Elisabeth Charpy, DC (Part 2)

Sr. Louise Sullivan interviews Sr. Elisabeth Charpy about the life and works of St. Louise de Marillac. This segment covers the foundation of the…

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Conversations with Elisabeth Charpy, DC (Part 1)

Sr. Louise Sullivan interviews Sr. Elisabeth Charpy about the life and works of St. Louise de Marillac. This segment covers the early history of the…

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Vincentian biographies

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‘Sister Gen’: A Case Study of Vincentian Leadership

Introduction A former Prime Minister of Ireland, Garrett Fitzgerald, once complained: ‘That’s all very well in practice, but how does it work in…

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Sister Justine Bisqueyburu and the Green Scapular

On Jan. 28, 1840 , in Paris , France , the Blessed Virgin appeared to Sr. Justine Bisqueyburu, a Seminary Sister of the Daughters of Charity. This…

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Sister Justine Bisqueyburu

Justine Bisqueyburu, D.C., (1817-1903), was born in Mauléon, France and lived with her mother's sister. She entered the Daughters of Charity in…

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