Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul
Biographical Information
Name(s) Vincent de Paul
Age 436
Sex Male
Status Saint
Culture French
Date(s) Paris, Florentin Lambert 1664
Current Location
Location Rue de Sèvres,

Paris, France

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St. Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) born in the village of Pouy in Gascony, in the Province of Guyenne and Gascony, the Kingdom of France, to peasant farmers, Jean and Bertrande de Moras de Paul. He was a French Roman Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He was canonized in 1737.[1] He was renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity and is known as the "Great Apostle of Charity".


Vincent's body was exhumed in 1712, 53 years after his death. The written account of an eyewitness states that "the eyes and nose alone showed some decay". However, when it was exhumed again during the canonization in 1737, it was found to have decomposed due to an underground flood. His bones have been encased in a waxen figure which is displayed in a glass reliquary in the chapel of the headquarters of the Vincentian fathers in Paris. His heart is still incorrupt, and is displayed in a reliquary in the chapel of the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris.


He died of natural causes in Paris on the 27th of September 1660, and was buried in the church of St. Lazare. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729, and canonized by Pope Clement XII in 1737, his festival (duplex) being observed on the 19th of July.


  1. Attwater, Donald (1982) The Penguin Dictionary of Saints p 337, Aylesbury
  2. Joan Carroll Cruz (1977) The Incorruptibles pp. 248–9, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc.
  3. St. Vincent de Paul. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2017, from
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