For decades, Vincent de Paul was the Royal Chaplain of the Galleys and sought to improve the living and working conditions of criminals condemned to galley service. He provided better housing for those awaiting their service, and both the Daughters of Charity and the Vincentians ministered to rowers’ physical and spiritual needs. Vincentians also managed a large hospital for convicts. The galleys’ function, the brutal journey to them, and the convicts’ life at sea and ashore are described. The possibility of Vincent having once substituted for a convict is discussed, as is Vincent’s view of the galley service system.
Rybolt C.M., Ph.D., John E.
"Vincent de Paul and the Galleys of France,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 34
, Article 1.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol34/iss1/1