St. Vincent DePaul

Katie McKune, Christopher Bonn, and Patrick Harper

St Vincent DePaul Biography

St Vincent DePaul

St. Vincent DePaul was born to poor parents and was the third child in a family of four sons and two daughters. This saint was born in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France on April 24, 1581. Saint Vincent DePaul was a very religious man and followed God with all of his heart. He was a very kind person because he formed many religious groups to help the poor. He also worked with his friends to spread the Good News all over Paris. He is the patron saint of charities and volunteers so we can infer that he was a follower of God and he helped poor people receive necessary needs such as food and clothing. He received a sign sent by God in a dying peasant to call him to become a religious leader. He received an education for two years at a college in Dax, and St Vincent worked with his family’s livestock as a herder when he was young. Over all, this saint was a great person and was an honest follower of God and preached the Good News.

St. Vincent DePaul found many charity organizations known as the congregation of the mission and the Daughters of Charity. He helped poor people obtain food and clothing and organized many charities for the poor and the sick. He was a very religious man because he spread the Good News to all different types of people. In 1605 he was captured by African pirates on his journey back to Narbonne and was carried as a slave to Tunis. He remained there for two years until he was set free. Saint Vincent DePaul was devoted to charity which was his biggest virtue. When he was you younger he used to love to tell how he had taken care of his father’s pigs. He was born on April 24, 1581. Saint Vincent was a great person and still fills people’s hearts with love and charity. In Louisville, there is a charity organization who helps people in need. Our group is very proud to be in his house at St. Albert the Great.

Saint Vincent DePaul was once accused of stealing over 400 crowns! He was beatified by Pope Benedict XIII on August 21, 1729. Saint Vincent DePaul was a very generous man who helped many sick, dying, and starving people. On December 8th, 1617, Saint Vincent DePaul started to organize his many works of charity for the poor and the sick, the children, and the aged. He died in Pairs on September 27, 1660 Saint Vincent DePaul’s feast day is September 27.

“Almighty God, who called your servant Vincent de Paul to serve you in the person of those in need: Grant that we, following his example, may fulfil your commandments by defending and supporting the poor, and by loving you with all our hearts, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”

- Saint Vincent DePaul’s prayer

Discovering our Saints - St Vincent de Paul


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