Vincent de Paul, priest and philanthropist 01

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Author: E. K. Sanders · Year of first publication: 1915.
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Introduction A RECENT work by a learned and brilliant writer contains the following passage: ” It was the age of S. Vincent de Paul, patron Saint of practical philanthropists. The air was thick with orphanages … Read More

Vincent de Paul

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Author: C. C. Martindale, S.J. · Year of first publication: 1974 · Source: Catholic Truth Society.
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In the latter half of the sixteenth century when Europe was in a turmoil two supreme miracles were granted —Francis de Sales and Vincent de Paul. Francis, along with that noble widow, Jeanne de Chantal, … Read More

Vincent de Paul: Approaches to Government

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Author: Dr Alison Forrestal · Year of first publication: 2008 · Source: Colloque, Journal of the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Mission.

This text is reprinted by kind permission of the author, who teaches in the Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway. It is the text of an address which she gave to the Trustees of the DePaul Foundation in Paris, earlier this year.


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In 1626, the government of the Congregation of the Mission was not an especially complex task. As an urgent priority, this small foundation of four priests had been placed on a sound legal and financial … Read More

Vincent Getting Away For Short Breaks

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Author: Tom Davitt, C.M. · Year of first publication: 2009 · Source: Colloque, Journal of the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Mission.
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Quite a number of years ago a confrere, in conversation, pointed out something which has stuck in my mind ever since. He remarked that Vincent was always the senior confrere in the community, apart from … Read More

The Moderation of Vincent De Paul

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Author: Jim McCormack, C.M. · Year of first publication: 2010 · Source: Colloque, Journal of the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Mission.
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In a book of dazzling intuition about St Francis of Assisi, GK Chesterton memorably remarked that Francis and Thomas Aquinas had saved us from spirituality. You may well blink. If you didn’t, you haven’t really … Read More

How St Vincent Ferrer influenced St Vincent de Paul

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Author: Pat Collins, C.M. · Year of first publication: 2011 · Source: Colloque, Journal of the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Mission.
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When I was reading about the life and works of Vincent Ferrer, whom I admire enormously, I was surprised to find that some of his biographers mentioned that he had a significant influence on St … Read More

Saint Vincent and Discernment

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Author: Padraig Regan, C.M. · Year of first publication: 1985 · Source: Colloque, Journal of the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Mission.

(Revised version of paper read to Vincentian Study Group, 2 April 1984)


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1. Discernment Within the entire span of religious consciousness and commitment there is a central conviction that God himself can and does direct our lives. A key exercise of the spiritual life is to experience … Read More