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Vincent de Paul: Charity's Saint

Chapter Breakdown

Chapter 1: Historical Context and Youth
00:01 – 13:37

Chapter one provides an historical overview of 17th century France, Vincent de Paul’s youth, and the primary influences on his spiritual development.

Chapter 2: Conversion and Spiritual Maturity
13:37 – 28:40

Chapter two surveys Vincent’s long-standing relationship with the Gondi family, his formative experiences at Folleville and Châtillon, and two prominent themes of his spiritual maturity: the Vincentian virtues and Divine Providence

Chapter 3: The Congregation of the Mission 
28:40 – 36:10

Chapter three analyzes the acquisition of Saint-Lazare and the founding of the Congregation of the Mission as an important moment in the renewal of the French Catholic Church.

Chapter 4: Louise de Marillac and Founding Women
36:10 – 48:24

Chapter four examines Vincent’s long-standing relationship with Louise de Marillac, the founding of the Daughters of Charity and the Ladies of Charity, and other major endeavors including the work with foundlings and galley slaves.

Chapter 5: Vincent’s Leadership
48:24 – 52:19

Chapter five analyzes Vincent’s leadership in establishing the Rules for the Congregation of the Mission and implementing the mission itself, often operating like a modern Chief Executive Officer.

Chapter 6: 350 years later. What does it all mean?
52:19 – end

Chapter six concludes by examining the deaths of Vincent and Louise in 1660, the subsequent campaign for Vincent’s canonization, and a survey of the meaning of the Vincentian mission 350 years later.