Author: Edward R. Udovic CM

Title page of L'Hospital General Charitable

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LXV:  Vincent de Paul and the Hôpital Général of Paris

L’Hospital General Charitable. A Paris: Chez Charles Savreux, 1657. Call Number: SpC. 362.110944 H828s1657 This broadside is the 1657 public prospectus for the establishment of the famous Hôpital Général of Paris by Louis XIV.  In the middle years of the seventeenth century, the cumulative effects of decades of continental war, civil

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LXIV: The Death of Louis XIII (1643)

Dinet, Jacques and Antoine Girard. L’idée d’une belle mort ou d’une mort chrétienne : dans le récit de la fin heureuse de Louis XIII. surnommé le juste, roy de France et de Navarre, tiré de quelques mémoires du feu P. Jacques Dinet, son confesseur, de la compagnie de Jésus et dédié

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LXIII: Jean-Baptiste Gault, Bishop of Marseille

Marchetty, François and Sébastien Huré. Le Vie de Messire Iean Baptiste Gault: Evesque de Marseille. Paris: Chez Sebastien Huré, 1650. Call number: SpC. 282.092 G271Ym1650 Vincent de Paul believed that one of the most important challenges facing the reform of the French Church was the appointment of worthy bishops. After

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LXII: Marie de l’Incarnacion

Letter to Monsieur le Bailly de Valancey, in Paris, July, 1650. Call Number: SpCR. 282.44 F815L1650 Blessed Marie de l’Incarnation (Barbe Acarie) (1566-1618) was one of the key figures of the famous l’age d’or (age of gold) which provided the basis for the successful reform of the French Catholic church

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LXI: The Reform of Canonization

Urbani VIII … Decreta seruanda in canonizatione, & beatificatione sanctorum : accedunt instructiones, & ceclarationes quas Em et Rev S.R.E. cardinales praesulesque Romanae curiae ad id muneris congregati ex eiusdem summi pontificis mandato condiderunt. Romae, Ex Typographia Reu. Cam. Apost., 1642. Call Number: SpC. 235.24 C363u1642. The decrees of the

Folleville Church Model to be Dedicated on January 26th

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

L'instruction des prestres

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LX: The Reform of the Priesthood

L’Instruction des Prestres qui Cotient une Tres Importante Doctrine pour Cognoistre l’Excellece du St. Sacerdoce, avec le Moyee de s’e Acquiter Dignemet : Tireé des Peres & Docteurs de l’Eglise, by Antonio de Molina and translated by Rene Gautier.   Paris: Chez Nicolas Buon, 1619. Call Number: SpC. 262.14 M722iF 1619

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LXIX: Royal relations, royal etiquette, royal mourning

Les Ceremonies Royalles, Observees a Fontainebleau, et Dans l’Eglise Nostre Dame de Paris, le Ieudy 29. Auril, & Samedy 1. May 1621. Paris : Nicolas Alexandre, 1621. Call number: SpC. 944.032 F815c1621   In an era when the ruling houses of Europe were closely linked by layers of intermarriage, there existed

Saint Vincent’s Reading List LXVIII: Queen Marguerite de Valois (1553-1615)

Memoires de la Reyne Marguerite, by Marguerite de Valois and Auger de Mauléon. Brussels: F. Foppens, 1658. Call Number: SpC. 944.031092 M331mr1658 A full-text version of this volume may be viewed here.   As far as we can tell, the young Vincent de Paul arrived in Paris by late 1609