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Vincent de Paul

Born: 1581 AD
Died: 1660 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Martyr, Priests, Religious Leaders, Saint

1581 – Vincent de Paul was born on the 24th of April, in southern France, about four miles northwest of Dax.

1595 – He went to Dax for about two years as a boarder with the Franciscans to study for the priesthood.

1597 – He pursues university degree in Toulouse, residing at the College de Foix.

1600 – He was ordained to the priesthood on the 23rd of September at the age of 19 by the very aged Bishop of Perigueux, Francois de Bourdeille in the village chapel of Chateau-l’Eveque.

1604 – Received the diploma of Bachelor of Theology from the University of Toulouse.

1608 – 1609 – Arrived in Paris and took Pierre de Berulle as spiritual director.

1612 – On the 2nd of May he took possession of the church of Clichy, located north of Paris. The parish has about 600 parishioners, mostly peasant folk.

1613 – At the advice of Berulle, He entered the service of the Gondi family as tutor to their children and Chaplain of the Gondi Estates.

1617 – On the 25th of January, at the request of Madame de Gondi, Vincent preached his sermon on general confession at the church of Folleville, France. This has traditionally been regarded as the first sermon of the mission.

       – In the same year Vincent left the Gondi estates and traveled to Châtillon-les Dombes (eastern France), where he was named pastor on the 29th of July.

1619 – In February, He was appointed Chaplain-General of the Galleys in Paris; he was able to stop many abuses to the galley slaves.

1623 – He met Louise de Marillac (Vincent 42 and Louise 32).

1624 – He was named principal of the College de Bons Enfants, which later became the first Motherhouse (maison mère) of the Community.

1625 – At the age of 44, He formally founded the Congregation of the Mission on the 17th of April with the financial help of Madame de Gondi to evangelize the rural poor.

1632 – He made Saint-Lazare ("Lazarists" is a common European name for Vincentians) in Paris the community Motherhouse.

1633 – On the 29th of November, He co-founded the Daughters of Charity with Louise de Marillac, to help the Ladies in their service of the sick and the poor.

1658 – Gave the Community (Little Company) the rule by which it was to be governed.

1660 – Died in Paris on the 27th of September at the age of 79.

1729 – Pope Benedict XIII declared Vincent to be Blessed on the 13th of August.

1737 – Pope Clement XII declared Vincent to be a Saint on the 16th of June.