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The Vincentian Family Tree, authored by Betty Ann McNeil, DC (Chicago: Vincentian Studies Institute, 1996), traces in exact detail the roots of the entire Vincentian family worldwide– an enormous undertaking of groundbreaking nature. The book is available through the DePaul University Bookstore.


Click on each of the headings below to see excerpts from the book The Vincentian Family Tree.

17th C. Daughter of Charity.

Prêtre de la Mission.


Saint Vincent de Paul founded two institutes and two lay associations.

  • Congregation of the Mission
  • Daughters of Charity (with St. Louise)
  • Confraternity of Charity
  • Ladies of Charity

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Rev. Jean Baptiste Etienne, CM

Fifty institutes, seven Anglican congregations, and one secular institute adopted the Common Rules of Vincent de Paul or substantially incorporated its major principles into their rule.

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St. Francis de Sales and the Visitandines

Saint Vincent was mentor, advisor, or involved in another way in the establishment of nine institutes.

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Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Faith. Founded 1867 in Dublin, Ireland, by Reverend John Gowan, C.M., and Margaret Aylward who first established the Ladies of Charity in Ireland to deal with poverty from the potato famine.

Members, or former members, of the Congregation of the Mission established thirty-nine institutes and five lay associations.

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Saint Joan Antida Thouret, a Daughter of Charity at the time of the French Revolution, founded a branch of the Sisters of Charity in Italy at Vercelli (Piedmont) at the invitation of Carlo Felice, King of Sardinia, in 1825.

Members, or former members, of the Company of the Daughters of Charity established nineteen institutes and two lay associations.

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Blessed Marie Poussepin (1653-1744, beatified 1994) and the Reverend François Mespolie, O.P. founded the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the Holy Virgin (Sisters of the Presentation of Tours) in 1696 at Sainville, Eure-et-Loir, France, diocese of Chartres.

Lay members of the Vincentian family established three institutes.

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The Helpers of the Holy Souls were founded in Paris in 1856 by Eugenie Smet, (Blessed Mary of Providence).

Daughters of Charity or Vincentians were mentors for the early members of four institutes and three lay associations during their establishment.

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The Intemational Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 at Paris, France, by Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853, venerable 1993) with the collaboration and support of Bl. Sister Rosalie Rendu, D.C., (1786-1856).

Members of the Congregation of the Mission or the Company of the Daughters of Charity had an ongoing influence on three lay associations.

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Mother Marie Alma Lafond established the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, in 1970 in the diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, United States. Their mission is primarily for the education of poor children. Vincent de Paul is patron of the congregation, and his writings and teachings are recommended for spiritual reading.

Ninety-nine institutes and one lay association have Saint Vincent de Paul as one of their patrons.

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The Pious Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity (Irish Sisters of Charity) were founded 1816 at Dublin, Ireland, by Mary Aikenhead (1787-1858) in cooperation with Archbishop Daniel Murray (1768-1852) for service of the poor.

Five institutes, one Anglican congregation, and two lay associations profess the same spirit as the Congregation of the Mission or the Company of the Daughters of Charity.

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The Brothers of Charity (Brothers of Saint Vincent de Paul) were founded in 1807 at Ghent, Belgium, by Pierre Joseph Triest (1760-1836) for nursing and education.

Seven institutes have adapted aspects of the Vincentian charism of evangelization and service of the poor, but with a unique emphasis.

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The Blessed Trinity Missionary Institute was established in 1964 at New York City, New York, United States, by Margaret Healy, a member of the Missionary Cenacle Apostolate, founded by Reverend Thomas Judge, CM.

Seven institutes and one lay association are related to the Vincentian Family but in another manner.

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Image: This massive oak tree at St. Vincent’s birthplace was planted sometime between 1200 and 1230. Thus, it was alive during the time in which St. Vincent lived.

Other Family Links

For more about the Vincentian Family Tree, click here.

For more about the Vincentian Family in North America, click here.

For more about the “FAMVIN” website and community, click here.

Daughters of Charity – Province of the West: Our Vincentian Family

Family Tree Project

Vincentian Family on Wikipedia


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