Presenter Information

Jose M. Roman C.M.


Stafford Poole, C.M.


By tracing history of the Congregation’s establishments and houses, how they were made, and how they were supported, we can appreciate Vincent de Paul as an organizer and administrator and understand the Congregation’s development. Vincent’s principles for foundations were to never take the initiative in establishing them, to accept only stable ones, and to start with small ones to build up larger ones. He was careful to ensure that the Congregation and its works would be self-sufficient. Initiative for foundations came largely from bishops, but also from wealthy laity, teams of founders, and royalty. Foundations replicated the Congregation’s initial one, focusing on missions and retreats for ordinands and seminaries’ direction. The Congregation’s income and the chronological pace and geographical distribution of foundations are examined.