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John E. Rybolt C.M., Ph.D.


Francis Mary Simonin was one of the earliest Vincentians in the United States. He conducted missions among the Native Americans in 1837. He also served Catholics in several different areas. Within this article is a letter from Simonin himself on the progress of the Vincentian mission in America. Accounts of his death recall his many virtues, especially his exemplary spirituality and his great efficacy as a missionary.