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St. Vincent - Our Patron Saint

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St. Vincent is the patron saint of charitable societies. St. Vincent de Paul is primarily recognized for his charity and compassion for the poor, though he is also known for his reform of clergy.

St. Vincent was born in Ranquine, France, the son of a peasant farmer. He was able to study and become a priest in 1600. He was travelling by sea when Barbary pirates captured him; he survived two hard years as a slave, but escaped to Rome, and later, Paris. It was there that he met Cardinal Pierre de Berulle, who influenced Vincent to devote his life to charitable works.

He established organizations of men and women to provide aid to the poor and sick. He depended on the donations of the wealthy, who made it possible for him to found hospitals and an orphanage. 

In 1625, in Paris, Vincent founded the Congregation of the Missions, called the Lazarites or Vincentians, a society of priests charged with missionary efforts, the training of clergy and preaching among the country people. In 1633, with St. Louise de Marillac, he founded the Sisters of Charity, the first congregation of women to care for the sick and poor outside of the convent. During Vincent's life, the Vincentians increased in number and spread across the world. 

He died in Paris on September 27, 1660 and was canonized by Pope Clement XII in 1737.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charitable organization dedicated to the service of the poor, was founded by Blessed Antoine Frederic Ozanam in 1833.

St. Vincent's feast day is September 27.

The motto of St. Vincent School is DO MORE, taken from St. Vincent, who believed that to serve God was to do more. 


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