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St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul

Vincent de Paul was born at Pouy, in the Landes, France on 24th April 1581, and was ordained a priest on 25th September 1600. Working first in pastoral ministry in Paris, he later accepted a position of chaplain in the household of the de Gondi family from whence he came to devote himself to the alleviation of the lot of the poor. To that end, he established the Congregation of the Mission to which was also entrusted the formation of the clergy. Along with Louise de Marillac he founded in 1633 the Company of the Daughters of Charity. Vincent died in Paris 27th September 1660, and was declared a saint on 16th June 1737.

Pope Leo XIII named him Patron saint of all works of charity.

Vincent had a gift for integrating service with a profound prayer life. He found and served God in the poor, the sick and abandoned people in the city and in the countryside. Vincent knew how to draw other people into his projects and made them his co-workers.