The Vincentian Family

The life & works of St. Vincent De Paul have inspired & influences a variety of organizations – both organization that he started during his lifetime, as well as those started by others long after his death.  Together, these organizations are known as the “Vincentian Family”.  The family is loosely defined, and there are over 200 organizations which can be counted as members.  They include clergy, lay people, and even non-Catholics.  The major organizations included in the Vincentian Family include the following:

AIC – This organization was founded by St. Vincent De Paul himself in 1617 (although under a different name at the time).  He created the organization to help those in need, and also to give women a recognized role in this mission.  Today, the organization consists of over 200,000 volunteers (mostly women) all around the world.  More information can be found at their website.

Congregation of the Mission – This congregation was founded in 1625 by St. Vincent de Paul to help evangelize the poor and needy, and to assist with the formation of the clergy.  Today it includes over 4,000 priests and brothers in over 80 countries.  More information can be found at their website.

Daughters of Charity (also known as Ladies of Charity) – This group of lay women, founded by St. Vincent De Paul himself in 1633, consists of women who take annual vows of poverty, obedience, chastity, and most importantly a vow of service to the poor. More information can be found at their website.

Company of Mission Priests – “The Company of Mission Priests, is a dispersed community of male priests of the Anglican Communion who, wishing to consecrate themselves wholly to the church’s mission keep themselves free from the attachments of marriage and the family, and endeavour to strengthen and encourage each other by mutual prayer and fellowship, sharing the vision of St Vincent de Paul of a priesthood dedicated to service, and living in a manner prescribed by our constitution, and with a Vincentian rule of life.” (taken from their website).

In addition to the organizations the count St. Vincent De Paul as their patron, countless churches have been named after him.