Date of birth: April 24, 1581
Place of birth: Pouy, France
Parentage: Peasants, worked on a farm
Occupation: Priest and servant of the poor
Death: September 27, 1660
Canonization as saint: 1737
Vincent was born poor and initially longed for a life of
He was also intelligent and became a priest to pave the way from
need to nobility. On the journey, he underwent a difficult
spiritual crisis that resulted in a desire to help the poor.
Exalted positions such as chaplain to the Queen's court and
tutor to the wealthy de Gondi family were not fulfilling to him.
The profit of an ecclesiastical career was abandoned for a parish
and for work with the marginalized and forgotten.
Vincent instituted an order of priests (the Congregation of the
Mission or Vincentians) whose mission it was to share Jesus' good
news in the villages through preaching and service.
With Louise de Marillac, (Patroness of all Social
Workers) he co-founded the Daughters of Charity.
Vincent pledged his life to the sick and insane, orphans and old
people, beggars and the starving, prisoners and galley slaves.
There was no form of poverty - physical, emotional or spiritual -
which he did not try to alleviate.
Most of all, though he was committed to the poor sinful men and
women who did not know what great love God had for them.
There was a time when this "Friend of the Poor" could no longer
visit the people he loved. As he neared his eightieth year, his
health deteriorated and he endured much suffering. He was finally
confined to bed and departed to his reward on 27th September 1660,
which is now his feast day.
All donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go directly to
helping the needy in the Green Bay area.
St. Vincent de Paul
1529 Leo Frigo Way
Green Bay, WI 54302-1163
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