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Vincentian Saints and Blesseds



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  1. 1. Vincentian Saints and Blesseds In the more than 300 years since Saints Vincent and Louise lived in service to the Poor, many have been inspired to walk in their footsteps.
  2. 2. St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent de Paul was a 17th century priest whose influence is still being felt today through the more than 2 million people who are inspired by him and serve in the many Vincentian organizations. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  3. 3. St. Louise de Marillac As a wife, mother, teacher, nurse, social worker, mentor, spiritual leader, and foundress, St. Louise de Marillac stands as a model to all women. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  4. 4. Bl. Jean-Charles Caron A Congregation of the Mission priest who refused to sign the Civil Constitution of the Clergy during the French Revolution, Jean-Charles Caron was martyred. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  5. 5. Bl. Nicolas Colin Nicolas Colin was driven from his presbytery and replaced by a priest loyal to the Civil Constitution. He is known to have said: “ reward for my fidelity to the faith, hunger, exile, prison and, perhaps even death itself.” More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  6. 6. Bl. Marie-Anne Vaillot Marie-Anne Vaillot comforted Odile Baumgarten as they were waiting execution by saying “We will have the happiness of seeing God and possessing him for all eternity... and we will be possessed by him without fear of being ever separated from him.” More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  7. 7. Bl. Marguerite Rutan Marguerite Rutan entered the Company of the Daughters of Charity to be near those who were suffering, marginalized or excluded. Her faithfulness to Christ and the Church lead her to martyrdom at the time of the French Revolution. More on YouTube
  8. 8. St. Francis Regis Clet St. Francis Regis Clet was a Vincentian priest who in 1820 was found guilty of deceiving the Chinese people by preaching Christianity and was sentenced to strangulation on a cross. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  9. 9. Bl. Odile Baumgarten Odile Baumgarten “was regarded to be one of the strongest opponents of the revolutionary ideas, and believed to have influenced many other sisters to resist what the civil authorities wanted to do.” More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  10. 10. Bl. Louis Joseph François Louis Joseph François “was one of the most zealous and best defenders of the Catholic religion against the oath demanded from priests by the French National Assembly.” He was thrown out of a window, where a group of women battered him to death with wooden clubs, for his faith. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  11. 11. Bl. Jean-Henri Gruyer “Saint Louis parish was taken over by priests who had taken the oath of fidelity to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, which asserted that the Pope had no authority in France and provided for election of bishops and priests by panels of citizens.” Jean- Henri Gruyer left and went to Paris to ask for temporary accommodation in Saint-Firmin only to be held captive and killed within a day. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  12. 12. Bl. Pierre-René Rogue Pierre-René Rogue accepted state money for priestly ministry for “his view was that he had done the work and therefore should be paid.” During the troubles of the Revolution, he convinced the superior of the seminary not to take an oath to be loyal to the state, the law and the King. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  13. 13. St. Joan Antida Thouret St. Joan Antida Thouret’s desire to commit herself to Christ and to her religious vocation gave her the courage to flee France during the chaos of the French Revolution, on foot and alone. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  14. 14. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton The first United States-born canonized Saint and foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph’s, the first community of religious women founded in the United States, are attributed to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She was a wife, mother, then a widow, and a teacher. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  15. 15. Bl. Rosalie Rendu “Her example encouraged her Sisters. She often told them: ‘Be a milestone where all those who are tired have the right to lay down their load.’” Sr. Rosalie was sought out by schools and organizations performing good works (such as the first conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society) for advice. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  16. 16. Bl. Ghebre-Michael Ghebre Michael was a disciple of Justin de Jacobis who died as a Vincentian seminarist. He was an African convert who died as a prisoner because he would not renounce his faith. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  17. 17. St. Justin de Jacobis St. Justin de Jacobis was one of the first Italian missionary Vincentian Priests to go to Ethiopia, a Christian country that had slipped into schism and heresy. Under resentment from Paris because he was not French, he integrated into the Ethiopian culture and is considered an apostle to Africa. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  18. 18. Bl. Marco Antonio Durando One initiative of Marco Antonio Durando was the propagation of the Marian Association of the Miraculous Medal among young people. The Association became a fertile ground for vocations; in only ten years, 260 young women of the area joined the Daughters of Charity. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  19. 19. St. John Gabriel Perboyre A missionary priest and martyr of the Congregation of the Mission, St. John Gabriel Perboyre was tortured by the Chinese. He declared “I would sooner die than deny my faith!” More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  20. 20. St. Catherine Labouré The Blessed Mother displayed herself to St. Catherine Labouré and described the images to be put on medallions that we know as the Miraculous Medal. She told her that “All who wear them will receive great graces.” More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  21. 21. Bl. Frédéric Ozanam This brilliant, sensitive young man of middle class background was confronted daily by the misery of the working poor of Paris, immortalized in Puccini's La Boheme. He and a group of students founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which now has 700,000 members in 142 countries. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  22. 22. Bl. Némésia Valle "Jesus, empty me of myself, let me be clothed in you. Jesus, for you I live and for you I die..." was a prayer said by Némésia Valle throughout her life. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  23. 23. Bl. Contardo Ferrini Contardo Ferrini said "If on any particular day we do nothing more than give a little joy to a neighbor, that day will not be wasted. For we have succeeded in giving comfort to an immortal soul." More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  24. 24. Bl. Giuseppina Nicoli Giuseppina Nicoli as a Daughter of Charity worked in religious education for the needy of all ages along with girls from wealthy families. She provided a model of direct service to the poor. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  25. 25. St. Agostina Pietrantoni Saint Agostina Pietrantoni, a Sister of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret, was attacked and killed by a patient she cared for as she uttered words of forgiveness and invocations to Mary. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  26. 26. Bl. Anna Marta Wiecka Sister Marta Anna Wiecka learned that a hospital worker who was a young father had been given the job of disinfecting the room of someone sick with highly contagious typhoid fever. She volunteered to take the place of the young man, and she became ill with typhoid fever. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  27. 27. Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati As a child, Pier Giorgio Frassati once answered the door of the family home to find a mother begging; her son, shoeless, was with her. Pier Giorgio gave the boy his own shoes. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  28. 28. Bl. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich During her time at the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ, many individuals remarked on Teresa's humility and genuine piety. She could be found kneeling in the college chapel at all hours and was very devoted to praying the rosary. More on YouTube
  29. 29. Bl. Ceferino Giménez Malla A member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, he was martyred on 9 August 1936 in Spain. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil in July 1936, Ceferino saw a priest being arrested and spoke up on the priest's behalf. The soldiers turned on him and he was eventually executed. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  30. 30. 20th Century Spanish Martyrs In 1936, twenty-seven Daughters of Charity, one lay woman, and fourteen from the Congregation of the Mission were killed "in odium fidei", as a result of the hatred of the Catholic faith. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  31. 31. St. Gianna Beretta Molla St. Gianna Beretta Molla placed the life of her unborn child before her own. She is the patron saint for mothers, preborn children and physicians. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia
  32. 32. Bl. Lindalva Justo De Oliveira For defending her virginity, Lindalva Justo De Oliveira, Daughter of Charity was brutally murdered by a resident were she worked. More at the Vincentian Encyclopedia