Regarded as the patron of charitable foundations, Saint Vincent (c. 1580-1660) was born in France.
He became a priest at the age of 19, and, although he mingled with the wealthy, he was an ardent helper of the poor, invalid, insane and other oppressed individuals, including prisoners in the galleys.
Vincent also founded the Priests of the Mission of Lazarists, a religious order involved in establishing seminaries and in preaching to the poor in rural communities.
He is best known for the establishment of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity, which today is known as the Sisters of Saint Vincent.
“Sell that ye have, and give alms… For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (St. Luke 12: 33-34). (The day’s gospel, page F 31, People’s Anglican Missal)