Chaplain to the galleys of France and minister to the poor
Theology – Master
Oratory – Master Superior
Etiquette – Master
Called “Monsieur Vincent,” Vincent de Paul (b. 1581) was born in Gascony and studied theology in Languedoc. In 1605 he was captured in Provence by Barbary corsairs and enslaved; during his captivity, he converted his captor, who freed the priest in 1607.
De Paul studied in Rome for a time, then returned to France where he served as chaplain to Queen Marguerite de Valois. Later he served as confessor and spiritual advisor to the de Gondi family in Paris. In 1624 the priest established the Congregation of the Mission, with the assistance of the de Gondis, to minister to the poor.