St. Vincent de Paul
A man of deep faith, keen intellect, and enormous creativity, St. Vincent de Paul has become known as the “The Apostle of Charity” and “Father of the Poor.” His contributions to the training of priests and organizing parish missions and other services for the poor shaped the Church’s role in the modern world.
Blessed Frédéric Ozanam
Frédéric Ozanam was a husband and father, professor, and servant of the poor who founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a young student with others of the Sorbonne in Paris. Frédéric’s writings on social justice anticipated the first social encyclical of our modern times, Rerum Novarum.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The first saint born in what is now the United States, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton dedicated her life to works of charity and education for all. An admirer of the work of St. Vincent de Paul, she founded the community of the Sisters of Charity in 1809 and helped establish Catholic education in the United States.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Committed to social justice issues and service to the poor, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is known as the patron of Vincentian youth. When he died of poliomyelitis at the age of only 24, thousands lined the streets to honor his seven years of service to the poor.