Saint Vincent de Paul
Written by Michael K. Jones

Vincent de Paul, was born in 1581 to poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France. his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs, and later he attended the universities of Dax and Toulouse. At the University of Toulouse for theological studies, he was ordained in 1600.

(Incorrupt body of St. Vincent)

Around 1605, while on a voyage by sea from Marseilles to Narbonne, it is believed that Vincent was captured by pirates and sold into slavery. He escaped and returned to France sometime later.

In 1617, he began to preach missions, and in 1625, he lay the foundations of a congregation which afterward became the Congregation of the Mission or Lazarists, so named on account of the Prioryof St. Lazarus, which the Fathers began to occupy in 1633.

It would be impossible to enumerate all the works of this servant of God. Charity was his predominant virtue. It extended to all classes of persons, from forsaken childhood to old age. The Sisters of Charity also owe the foundation of their congregation to St. Vincent. In the midst of the most distracting occupations his soul was always intimately united with God. Though honored by the great ones of the world, he remained deeply rooted in humility. The Apostle of Charity, the immortal Vincent de Paul, breathed his last in Paris at the age of eighty. His feast day is September 27th. He is the patron of charitable societies. He died around 1660.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam, a 20 year old student of Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Today the Society is still dedicated to serving the poor and needy. St Vincent de Paul's body remains intact (incorrupt) and is not subject to the natural process of death. If you would like to made a donation to the Society you can do so at any local Catholic Church. The money goes to help the poor in your area.

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