St. Vincent de Paul has long been one of my favorite saints. I am a little biased because his feast day falls on a very important date in my life. However, his life story and the works he accomplished are amazing. Many Vincentian priests have had a significant influence in my life as well, and I am grateful for their faithful witness. I have also learned much from a couple of Vincentian brothers and a number of sisters who are Daughters of Charity. Their service to the poor and marginalized members of society is phenomenal.
The official name of the Vincentian Order is Congregation of the Mission. Thus, you will see the letters C.M. after the name of a Vincentian priest. I encourage you to learn more about their work. You can visit their website for details.
You can learn more about the work of the Daughters of Charity at:
If you ever have the opportunity to attend a parish mission offered by one of the Vincentians I would strongly encourage you to attend. I have heard several of them on multiple occasions throughout the years and they are terrific. Fr. Richard Gielow C.M. is the Director of the Mission Team and is a talented preacher. His brother, Fr. Robert Gielow C.M., is also a wonderful preacher. They have each impacted many lives with their dynamic parish missions. You can learn more about their ministry at:
I extend my gratitude to all of the Vincentians and Daughters of Charity today. I hope you have a wonderful feast day celebration. To all of the parishes and parishoners bearing the name of St. Vincent de Paul or St. Louise de Marillac, I pray you have a very blessed day.
St. Louise de Marillac biography
As a side note--since I was just at St. Vincent de Paul Paish in Cape Girardeau, Missouri last weekend--I have the inside information that they are going to have turtle races as part of their celebration today. How cool is that!