BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION (THE VINCENTIANS)
St. Vincent de Paul was born on Easter Tuesday, 1581, in Pouy, France now called Berceau de St. Vincent (St. Vincent cradle). He was the third of six children of his parents who were peasant farmers. Despite the poverty in the family, his father was able to sell a bull in order to send him to school. Initially, St. Vincent, having been ordained a Priest, saw his Priesthood as an escape route from poverty. He had planned to resign after gathering enough benefice and then settle down to take care of his mother, but divine providence redirected him and brought him face to face with those who were both materially and spiritually poor. This thus set the stage for him in 1617 to form a confraternity of charity called Ladies of Charity (known also as Association of International Charity –AIC), and later on, the two congregations of male and female- the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, dedicated to serving poor.
WHO WE ARE
The Congregation of the Mission is a community of Catholic Priests and Brothers founded by St. Vincent de Paul in 1625 for the evangelization of the poor and the formation of the clergy. Vincentian Priests and Brothers total over 3000 worldwide and serve in over 86 countries including Nigeria across six continents of the world. We are a Society of Apostolic Life and of Pontifical Right. We live in common as confreres (brothers) by following our rule of life, and striving for perfect charity. In order to accomplish more effectively our purpose, we take vows of stability, chastity, poverty and obedience according to our Constitutions and Statutes.
Our Charism is evangelization of the poor and formation of Clergy. In various provinces, countries and locations, our confreres endeavor to carry out our charism through parish ministry, education, youth ministry, prison ministry as well as serving in some Diocesan Seminaries.
We are also working in many parts of the world