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Margaret J. Kelly D.C.


Louise de Marillac began as Vincent de Paul’s directee and became his collaborator and dear friend. More complicated and stable than most have believed, she was not totally dependent on him. She did turn to him for spiritual and personal support, but in general they complemented each other and relied on each other in their ministries. She reminded him to tend to practical matters, especially his health, and he helped her focus on God’s goodness and providence. With time, she assumed more responsibility for making decisions, although she always respected Vincent’s authority. This article is quite detailed. It explores the many facets of Louise’s relationship to Vincent through references to her spiritual writings, her letters to him, her letters about him, the minutes of council meetings, and Vincent’s conferences.