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6 Amazing Facts About St. Vincent de Paul

6 Amazing Facts About St. Vincent de Paul

The Catholic Church celebrates St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day on September 27th. Most of us know his common life: He was born poor in the French village of Pouy on April 24, 1581. He founded the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity with St. Louise de Marillac. He died September 27, 1660.

During the feast day homilies, we hear some of the amazing works that he did for the poor, but here are some little known facts about the life of this amazing saint.

1 . Vincent went into the priesthood to retire and live comfortably

Vincent was born into a peasant family who lived humbly through hard work and frugality. His father encouraged him to become a priest. He decided to follow his fathers’s advice. He would become a priest so that he could get an office in the Church, earn enough money to retire early, and then go home and provide for his family (he was third of 6 children). Little did he know what God had planned for him.

2. He was kidnapped

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St. Vincent was ordained in 1600. In 1605, he left to go on a mission trip. On the way, he was captured, shipped to Tunis, and sold as a slave for two years. He managed to escape and returned to France. This must have been a real tough time on the new priest – especially since the kidnapping held up his plans to further his career.

3. He was accused of theft

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After trying and failing to advance himself in to higher ranks of the church, St. Vincent was falsely accused of theft by his roommate. Because he no longer cared about his public image, he did not defend himself. St. Vincent humbled himself like our Lord. The real thief finally confessed years later.

4  The confession of a dying man changed his life

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Saint Vincent had been in Italy, but returned to France to be chaplain and tutor to the Gondi family. He heard the confession of a man who lived at the estate who was dying. Before the man died, he convinced Madame de Gondi to endow Vincent and get him to preach on confession. When Father Vincent spoke about the power of confession, he lead so many of the poor to reconcile that he had to recruit more priests!

Saint Vincent realized the need for priests to minister to the poor of France, the people many forgot about because of their lack of position in society. About this same time, he finally realized his occupation as a true vocation and recognized his relationship with Jesus Christ.

5. He was a man with a temper

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St. Vincent had a mean temper. He often prayed that God would slow his anger. It didn’t happen over night, but his work with the poor ultimately softened his heart and he became the kind and tender man God called him to be.

6. His body is Incorrupt

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St. Vincent’s bones and heart are perfectly incorrupt, and have been placed inside a wax figure of his body. His relics can be seen in the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris. There is also a bone fragment relic at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Omaha, NE, placed upon a small shelf in front of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Bonus Fact: St. Vincent de Paul did not found the St. Vincent de Paul Society

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When St. Vincent was canonized by Pope Leo XIII, he became the patron of charitable societies. It was actually Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, an admirer of the saint, who founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in 1833, in his honor.

St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!

The 6 Remarkable Incorruptible Saints

The 6 Remarkable Incorruptible Saints

Incorruptibility is the name given to the situation in which a dead person does not decay after death. The orthodox church consider it essential in considering a person for canonization as a saint, and the Roman Catholic Church consider it as sign of sainthood but not a necessity. Additionally, the Catholic Church believes that a body is not deemed incorruptible if it has undergone an embalming process or other means of preserving the dead, or if it has become stiff, as do all normal corpses, even when the best preservation techniques are used.

The incorruptible bodies of saints are a consoling sign of Christ s victory over death, a confirmation of the dogma of the Resurrection of the Body, a sign that the Saints are still with us in the Mystical Body of Christ, and proof of the truth of the Catholic Faith—for only in the Catholic Church do we find this phenomenon

Incorruptible saints remain completely flexible, as if they were only sleeping. Incorruptible bodies are often said to have the Odour of Sanctity, exuding a sweet aroma. Over the years there have been hundreds of Saints whose bodies have been found to be incorrupt – some many hundreds of years after their death

Top in the List

St Bernadette as she appears today – 129 years after her death.

Saint Bernadette (1844 – 1879) “The Blessed Virgin used me like a broom, and then put me back in my place.”


Second in the List

St. Padre Pio

Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin Franciscan priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy , was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years!

To see him resting so peacefully it’s hard to believe that he died 40 years ago. How is this possible for a body to be preserved like this for 40 years.

Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor!!Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.

Interesting !!

Third in the List

St. Don Orione

Tomb of Don Orione at the Sancutary of the Madonna della Guardia in Tortona.
He lived from 1872-1940.  His body is fully preserved. HOW !
Interesting !!!

Fourth in the list

Saint Vincent de Paul (1581 – 1660)

Saint Vincent de Paul (1581 – 1660) “Charity is the cement which binds communities to God and persons to one another.”

The Fifth in the List


St. Catherine Labouré (1806 – 1876) “One must see God in everyone.”

The Sixth in the List

Saint John XXIII (1881 – 1963) “From the saints I must take the substance, not the accidents of their virtues.”