Presenter Information

Gerard Van Winsen C.M.


Sister Jacqueline Kilar, D.C.


Vincent de Paul did not originally favor foreign missions, but later saw them as a call from God. He believed that the pope, with his authority over all priests, should send the Congregation’s members wherever they were needed. Vincent also believed that if immorality and heresy destroyed the Church in France, God may have chosen to save it by establishing it elsewhere. Of the several missions proposed during Vincent’s time, only those to Tunis, Algiers Salé (Morocco), and Madagascar were undertaken. The characteristics he desired in his missionaries and the methods they were to use are described in this article.