400th Anniversary

svdp400-2  In 2017, the Church, and more specifically, the Vincentian Family, will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian charism.

A Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated by the priests of the New England Province of the Congregation of the Mission in Manchester, CT on January 25th. On Sunday, January 29th, a Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated in our Church.

It is important to mention that the first Vincentians came to the United States 200 years ago, and since the year 1921 have served the people of our parish.

The celebration of this 400th anniversary is an opportune time to recreate Vincent’s spiritual experience. Vincent had a profound encounter with Jesus that changed his life.

– In January of 1617, Vincent de Paul was asked to go to Gannes, a village that was part of the de Gondi estate, in order to hear the confession of a dying man. He urged the sick man to make a general confession and the man did so. Then, in the presence of all those who accompanied Vincent, he publicly stated that if it had not been for that confession, he would have been condemned. He added that for many years he had been embarrassed to confess his sins honestly. It was then decided that the following week Vincent would go to Folleville and preach on the need to make a general confession. Vincent’s preaching was successful and all the people confessed their sins.

– Later, Vincent would say that that sermon on the need for a good Confession was the first sermon of the Mission, and he considered the date, January 25, 1617, the same day as the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, as the day on which the Congregation was born. In reality, nothing was founded on that day but Vincent’s experience led him to discover his personal vocation: the evangelization of the poor and, specifically, the poor peasants … the process of evangelization would involve the preaching of missions.

The celebration of the four hundredth anniversary is a time of special grace:

¨ It enables the Vincentian Family to renew and strengthen the primary reason for its existence. And,

¨ It enables the Vincentian Family to build a fruitful future for its mission and charity for the well-being of the poor and the glory of God.

 

May this anniversary be a time of growth in creative fidelity for all the members of the Vincentian Family and may they not lose the love that they had at first (Revelation 2:4).

The following are Saints and Blessed members of the Congregation of the Mission and Daughters of Charity:

 

St. Francis Regis Clet

St. Justin De Jacobis

St. Catherine Labouré

St. Louise de Marillac

St. Gianna Beretta Molla

St. John Gabriel Perboyre

St. Agostina Pietrantoni

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Joan Antida Thouret

St. Vincent de Paul

Bl. Odile Baumgarten

Bl. Jean-Charles Caron

Bl. Nicolas Colin

Bl. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich

Bl. Marco Antonio Durando

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

Bl. Contardo Ferrini

Bl. Louis Joseph Fran?ois

Bl. Jean-Henri Gruyer

Bl. Zefferino Giménez Malla

Bl. Ghebre Michael

Bl. Giuseppina Nicoli

Bl. Lindalva Justo De Oliveira

Bl. Frédéric Ozanam

Bl. Rosalie Rendu

Bl. Pierre-René Rogue

Bl. Marguerite Rutan

Bl. Marie-Anne Vaillot

Bl. Némésia Valle

Bl. Anna Marta Wiecka

 

It is our hope that the coming year will be a special time of thanksgiving for the person and charity of St. Vincent DePaul, as well as the 400 years of ministry in which missionary priests have been serving the poor. We are confident that the jubilee observances will renew in us our charism, and seek out new evangelization.

READ MORE ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY HERE