St. Vincent de Paul Icon, 7.5 x 10 inches.

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Vincent de Paul was born April 24, 1581. He dedicated himself to serving the poor. In 1622 Vincent was appointed a chaplain to the galleys. He worked for some time in Paris among imprisoned galley slaves.  He would become the superior of what is now known as the "Vincentians" These priests, devoted themselves entirely to people in smaller towns and villages. Vincent was zealous in conducting retreats for clergy at a time when there was great laxity, abuse, and ignorance among them. He was a pioneer in clerical training and was instrumental in establishing seminaries.  He founded the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Saint Vincent de Paul was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity. Vincent was canonized in 1737 and is venerated as a saint by Catholics and the Anglican Church.

Vincent died in Paris on 27 September 1660.

The icon depicts St. Vincent holding a poor child.

The example of Vincent de Paul and the Lazarists inspired the founding of the Society of the Holy Cross in the Church of England.

Icon, 7.5 x 10 inches.