Vincent de Paul
Feast Day: September 27
Born in 1581, Vincent de Paul became
a priest at the early age of 19. He became famous for his kindness and
Vincent went to many places to visit the sick and the poor. He spent time
with them and did what he could to take care of them. But, Vincent knew
it would take more than what he could do on his own to really make a difference.
He realized he needed more money and more people to help all those who
Vincent began to ask wealthy people to donate money that he distributed
to the sick and poor of his community. Vincent was so nice and charming
that the wealthy didn't mind giving him money—especially for such
a worthy cause.
Once, Vincent asked Queen Anne of Austria for a donation. Anne knew of
Vincent and respected him, but she didn't agree with many things he said.
Vincent told Queen Anne that they should overlook their differences because
helping people was more important.
Vincent also gathered other men and women who were willing to dedicate
their lives to God and help the poor. The men formed into the religious
community of priests called the Vincentians. The women became the Sisters
of Charity. Many parishes today have a St. Vincent de Paul society which
carries on Vincent's work with the poor.
Because of all of his work raising money and helping the poor, Vincent
is now considered the patron saint of charitable societies.