1628. At the Quirinal in Rome, in the presence of Pope Urban VIII, the Congregation of Propaganda in plenary session rejected the first petition of Vincent de Paul to approve the Congregation of the Mission. Comments of Cardinal Guido Bentivolio, the rapporteur, have been imposed on the recommendations of influential personalities, e.g. that the Propaganda would be willing to recognize if a society of twenty to twenty-five members, which would not be congregation or brotherhood, would limit its activity to France and would be under the dependence of the ordinary. The petition was also described as “move beyond the meaning of the Mission and tends to establish a new religion.”
1645. Louise de Marillac signed contract for the installation of the first three Daughters of Charity — Elisabeth Turgis, Françoise Noret and Marguerite Careat in the hospital in Saint-Denis. The contract specified their responsibilities: “(The so-called daughters) would be entirely subject to the care of sick and service of the poor”.
1647. Louise de Marillac visited the old castle of Bicêtre which, by the request of Ladies of Charity, was made available to children found more and more numerous. Louise de Marillac noticed the lack of premises for the school. Immediately she managed facilities to be done and she submitted to Monsieur Vincent: “Our Ladies have no thought to have a place for school. We have seen that downstairs is to be cleaned for boys who need to be separated from girls. There seems to be that the door and windows should be closed, and that of girls will placed upstairs”.
1652. Sister Marie Joly wrote to Louise. Her letter should be read several times because this way we understand the sacrifices of the Sisters who were working in foreign countries.
1655. Conference of Vincent de Paul to Lazarists on the five fundamental virtues animating the spirit of congregation, dealing with Article 14, Chapter II of the Common Rules.
1711. Pope Clement XI addressed Fr. Louis Appiani in brief eulogy, the first Vincentian missionary penetrating China who was imprisoned in Canton for at least four years.
1743. In Horodenka, on the border with Moldova (then territory of Poland, presently south-eastern Ukraine), Fr. Sliwicki, Visitor of Poland, installed Lazarists. They were called by the noble Potocki family to evangelize the vassals of their properties. At the beginning confreres lived in a temporary house made of planks. A stone residence was given them in two years. This facility will have an ephemeral existence, it was nevertheless conducted by Polish Lazarists who have been excellent messengers of the Word of God.
1952. Some non-native Chinese Daughters of Charity are expelled from China and only a few native Chinese Daughters remain.
1953. Fr. Joseph Molinari dies at the age of sixty-six years in Garnes, in the Chevreuse Valley, where he agreed to be chaplain of a summer camp. After completing his secondary education at Wernhout, and four years training in the seminary in Paris, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Coqset Fiat, in Kiehan in Kiang-si, China. In 1922, Archbishop of Vienna entrusted him the cure of St. Louis, in Tien-tsin. He remained there thirty years!
1997. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. During the Twelfth World Youth Day, in the presence Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, cardinals and bishops from many countries, representatives of Vincentian Family and members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul arrived from all over the world, Pope John Paul II beatified of Frederic Ozanam, the principal founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.