Folleville: The tiny town in northwestern France where it all began… Here the Vincentian Question of “What must be done?” was first asked. Answering this question changed Vincent de Paul’s life and made him a saint. We’re still answering it 400 years later.
On January 25, 1617, Vincent de Paul entered the parish church at Folleville and gave a sermon to the assembled parishioners on the importance of forgiveness for healing lives and healing communities. The response to his words was overwhelming, and that response continues today not just here at DePaul University but around the world.
Produced by DePaul’s Vincentian Studies Institute, the Folleville project celebrates the 400th anniversary of “the” Vincentian Question by re-creating the parish church of Folleville to what scholars believe it looked like on that cold and wet January day in 1617. Detailed explanations of the historical, artistic, and architectural significance of the church are available through two kiosks which flank the permanent installation on the second floor of the John T. Richardson Library. A YouTube video about the model and its significance is in production.
The Folleville model joins the other permanent historical exhibitions about Vincent de Paul and the Vincentian tradition which appear throughout the Richardson Library, and complements the Vincentian Studies Collection available through the library’s Special Collections and Archives. The model will be dedicated on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., Ph.D., Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Professor of History served as the Executive Producer of this project.
More information on the model is available in this article from DePaul Newsline.