“Vincent de Paul: Charity’s Saint”

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Chapter Breakdown

Chapter 1: Historical Context and Youth
00:01 – 13:37

Chapter one provides an historical overview of 17th century France, Vincent de Paul’s youth, and the primary influences on his spiritual development.




Chapter 2: Conversion and Spiritual Maturity
13:37 – 28:40

Chapter two surveys Vincent’s long-standing relationship with the Gondi family, his formative experiences at Folleville and Châtillon, and two prominent themes of his spiritual maturity: the Vincentian virtues and Divine Providence




Chapter 3: The Congregation of the Mission
28:40 – 36:10

Chapter three analyzes the acquisition of Saint-Lazare and the founding of the Congregation of the Mission as an important moment in the renewal of the French Catholic Church.




Chapter 4: Louise de Marillac and Founding Women
36:10 – 48:24

Chapter four examines Vincent’s long-standing relationship with Louise de Marillac, the founding of the Daughters of Charity and the Ladies of Charity, and other major endeavors including the work with foundlings and galley slaves.




Chapter 5: Vincent’s Leadership
48:24 – 52:19            
Chapter five analyzes Vincent’s leadership in establishing the Rules for the Congregation of the Mission and implementing the mission itself, often operating like a modern Chief Executive Officer.




Chapter 6: 350 years later.  What does it all mean?
52:19 – end 

Chapter six concludes by examining the deaths of Vincent and Louise in 1660, the subsequent campaign for Vincent’s canonization, and a survey of the meaning of the Vincentian mission 350 years later.

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  • Sister Helen Prejean Week

    4/21/14
    Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., activist and author of Dead Man Walking, will once again visit DePaul for a week’s worth of programming inspired by her work
  • Winter Quarter DRMA Lecture

    2/18/14
    11:30am to 1:00pm; Library - Richardson Library Lincoln Park Campus, 115, Kristine Ashton Gunnell, Ph.D. will be giving a lecture on the Daughters of Charity in Los Angeles.
  • Lunch with Vincent

    2/11/14
    LPSC 314A; 11:30am - 1:00pm; Speaker: Susanne Dumbleton; Topic: Empathy: Extravagant and Ordinary
  • Autumn DRMA Lecture

    9/25/13
    Wednesday, September 25 at 11:30am to 1:00pm Library - Richardson Library Lincoln Park Campus, 115. Speaker: Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., Ph.D. will present the autumn quarter lecture titled “St Vincent's Reading List”.
  • Vincentian Heritage Tour Information Session for Faculty & Staff (LPC Campus)

    9/23/13
    Faculty and staff are invited to join in a lunch conversation with those who have previously participated in this study tour of France, and discover why the journey is such a phenomenal opportunity!