Setting the context for the emergence of the charitable work of St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660) and St. Louise de Marillac (1591-1660) and the groups they founded, this article examines the urgent societal and religious challenges posed by a vast increase in poverty in France during the seventeenth century.
Edward R. Udovic. ""Caritas Christi Urget Nos": The Urgent Challenges of Charity in Seventeenth Century France" Vincentian Heritage Vol. 12 Iss. #2 (1991) Available at http://via.library.depaul.edu/omvpubs/99/