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Vincent DePaul

1581 - Vincent was born April 24 in Pouy four miles northwest of Dax.
1600 - Ordained to the priesthood September 23 at the age of 19.
1604 - Received Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of Toullouse.
1608 - Vincent arrived in Paris and took Pierre de Berulle as spiritual director.
1612 - Took possession of the church in Clichy having 600 parishioners.
1613 - Vincent entered the service of the Gondi family as tutor of their children.
1613 - At the advice of Berulle, became Chaplain of the Gondi Estates.
1617 - Preached his noted sermon on general confession at Folleville, January 25.
1617 - Traveled to Chatillon-les Dombes and named pastor, July 29.
1617 - Provided relief to the poor by establishing the future Ladies of Charity.
1619 - Vincent was appointed Chaplain-General of the Galleys in Paris.
1623 - Vincent de Paul met Louise de Marillac.
1625 - Vincent formally founded the Congregation of the Mission on April 17.
1633 - November 29, Vincent co-founded the Daughters of Charity with Louise.
1660 - Vincent de Paul died in Paris, September 27 at the age of 79.
1660 - Louise de Marillac died on March 15, at the age of 69.
1729 - Pope Benedict XIII declared Vincent to be Blessed August 13.
1737 - Pope Clement XII declared Vincent de Paul to be a Saint June 16.
1816 - First members of the Congregation of the Mission arrive in the United States.
1885 - Pope Leo XIII declared Vincent to be the Patron of Charitable Endeavors.
1960 - Pope John XXIII declared Louise Patroness of All Social Workers.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)