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Jean Jacquart


Sr. Jacqueline Kilar, D.C.


Sound financial management was essential for the Congregation and its works to thrive, and Vincent de Paul supervised many of the details. This article traces the formation, growth, and development of the Congregation’s patrimony, which had its basis in the Saint-Lazare priory, buildings, and lands. The patrimony increased through speculation with gifts of real estate, acquisition of land, and the ecclesiastical benefices which were joined to Saint-Lazare’s properties and revenues. Aside from buying land, Vincent also arranged exchanges to increase its profit-earning capacity. He was both a tenant on the lands of nobles and a landlord. While he sought the best tenant farmers, he was also just, and he often leased livestock or advanced seed grain to help them make the most of the farms.