Catholic Saints

Saint Vincent de Paul

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Vincent de Paul
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Vincent de Paul
  • What is Saint Vincent de Paul the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Vincent de Paul is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Vincent de Paul

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Vincent de Paul
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Charitable Societies
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: September 27th
  • Born: 1581 Gascony, France
  • Date of Death: Saint Vincent de Paul died in A.D. 1660
  • Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Who or what is Saint Vincent de Paul the patron saint of?
Saint Vincent de Paul is the patron of Charitable Societies. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Vincent de Paul
The story and history of Saint Vincent de Paul. Saint Vincent de Paul was born in 1581 near Ranquine in Gascony a region of France. He came from a poor family but benefited from schooling by the Franciscan friars who recognised that he was  highly gifted and intelligent. Due to his excellent education he was able to work as the tutor to children of wealthy nobles. He managed to secure a place at the University of Toulouse for studying theology and was ordained a priest. St. Vincent de Paul is greatly revered in France for the many good works that he performed. He it was who established foundling hospitals for deserted children, the celebrated La Madeleine Hospital at Paris for abandoned women, and the lay order of the Sisters of Charity. 

Death of Saint Vincent de Paul
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Vincent de Paul died in A.D. 1660. Cause of Death: Natural Causes. 

Why is Saint Vincent de Paul the patron of Charitable Societies?
Why is Saint Vincent de Paul is the patron of Charitable Societies? Because he was reknown for his charitable work.

How Saint Vincent de Paul is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Vincent de Paul in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Vincent de Paul is represented in Christian Art in the habit of a Franciscan friar, with an infant either in his arms or at his feet frequently with a sister of mercy kneeling by his side.

Feast Day of Saint Vincent de Paul
The Feast Day of Saint Vincent de Paul is September 27th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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