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St. Vincent De Paul



This remarkable man, born at Pouy in Southern France in 1581, had a rather self-seeking start in the priesthood. Under the influence of spiritual directors like St. Francis de Sales, Cardinal de Berulle, and Andre Duval, he underwent a striking conversion in which he gave his life over to God in the service of the poor. He founded the Congregation of the Mission in 1625, a community of priests and brothers whose end is "to preach the good news to the poor" and the Daughters of Charity (1633), at that time a new form of community where the sisters lived in the world" to serve the sick poor spiritually and corporally. He also established the Confraternities of Charity (lay organizations, both of men and women, founded in parishes also to assist the poor spiritually and corporally) and the Ladies of Charity. These groups continue to the present day in a very large numbers.


 


Eager for the reform of the clergy, he organized retreats for ordinands and founded seminaries throughout France. He gathered together many clergy of his day each Tuesday, both in Paris and elsewhere, for conferences. Born a Gascon peasant, he became the counselor of King Louis XIII, to whom he ministered on his deathbed, and of Queen Anne of Austria, and as the friend and confidant of saints like Francis de Sales, Jane Frances de Chantal, Alain de Solminihac, and Louise de Marillac. When he died on September 27, 1660, all of Paris mourned for him. He is known throughout the world today as the Patron of Charity.


 


His spirituality lives on in hundreds of thousands of lay men and women, priests, sisters and brothers who follow in his footsteps. Knowing St. Vincent de Paul as a fraction of the whole Adamson community, whether a student or an employee, it is implied that one ought to know the University's patron saint, a man who is an epitome of good values. By following his teachings and making his good deeds the paradigm to one's undertakings, one will have a clear sight on which road to take.