St. Vincent de Paul


“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

- St. Vincent de Paul

Although Vincent de Paul was a spiritual director of diocesan priests, a peasant on intimate terms with nobility, part of the vanguard of a wave of Church renewal, a creative genius at organizing social welfare programs and a master preacher, he was most of all a person who found and served God in the anawim, the poor, sick, abandoned outcasts in the countryside and the city.

Vincent drew other people into his projects and made them his co-workers. Many priests and laymen joined him, but he broke new ground by inviting women to serve poor and sick people out in society.

Today Vincent’s mix of praying and doing, of bringing the resources of the well-off to the most vulnerable, of serving the poor and being blessed by the poor has appealed to tens of thousands of believers over the last three centuries. Vincent is a good companion to anyone who seeks balance between action and contemplation. Worldwide, many women and men follow in Vincent’s footsteps.

– from Praying with Vincent de Paul by Thomas McKenna

It is not enough to give soup and bread; this the rich can do. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread that you give them.
— St. Vincent de Paul
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St. Louise de Marillac

Louise de Marillac DC, also Louise Le Gras (August 12, 1591 – March 15, 1660) was the co-founder, with Vincent de Paul, of the Daughters of Charity. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, SC, (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821) was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church (September 14, 1975).[2] She established the first Catholic girls' school in the nation in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she also founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.