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Saint Vincent of Paul

St Vincent De Paul

Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Vincent of Paul: July 19

Description / Title of the Saint : Priest

Date of Death: Saint Vincent of Paul died 1660

The Story and History of Saint Vincent of Paul
De Paul was born in Gascony, France in 1851 and renamed Saint Vincent de Paul since 1828.  He was born into a family a peasant farmers, attended theology seminar in Toulouse and was ordained in the year 1600.

In the year 1605 he was captured by Turkish pirates and enslaved until his escape in 1607.  He began his ministry with the galley slaves of France, serving them with compassion and solicitude.  His first concern throughout his life was to those who suffered in poverty and oppression.  Vincent de Paul was instrumental in establishing seminaries in order to provide more priests to help with the poor and disadvantaged.  

Through all of France and beyond Vincent de Paul established organizations dedicated to works of Charity.   He constantly strove toward winning minds to peace and clemency among the elite, often at the peril of his own well being.  

Vincent de Paul was instrumental in establishing and helping women better serve the Church; supported the existence of the Daughters of the Cross (whose object was to teach girls in the country), and encouraged the reform of the Benedictines, Cistercians, Antonines, Augustinians, Premonstratensians, and the Congregation of Grandmont.

It is said that when he died Paris lost their best friend and humanity, a benefactor unsurpassed in modern times.  His zeal of ‘souls’ knew no limit.  

Vincent de Paul is buried at Église St. Vincent de Paul, Paris, France.

On Aug. 13, 1729 Vincent de Paul was declared “blessed” by Pope Benedict XIII and was canonized eight years later by Pope Clement XII on June 16, 1737.  In 1885 Pope Leo XIII gave him as patron to the sisters of Charity. 

Feast Day of Saint Vincent of Paul
The Feast Day of Saint Vincent of Paul is July 19. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven. 

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