Saturday, 27 September 2008

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul

So who is this saint? Let's turn to Wikipedia:

- born on April 24, 1581 in Pouy, Landes, Gascony, France
- was ordained in 1600
- was taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, and sold into slavery
- was freed in 1607 after converting his owner to Christianity
- returned to France and served as priest in a parish near Paris
- founded many charitable organizations such as Congregation of the Daughters of Charity
and the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists)
- died on September 27, 1660 in Paris, France
- was declared Blessed on 13 August 1729 and canonized on 16 June 1737
- patron to the Sisters of Charity and the Brothers of Charity
- his body has remained incorrupt to this day

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