The Vincentian History Research Network (VHRN) is a dynamic online forum designed for researchers and scholars on Vincentian topics broadly considered.  The editor for the site is the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., from the Vincentian Studies Institute of DePaul University. This site is a place to learn about Vincentian resources, share current research projects, ask questions about possible archival and bibliographic resources, announce publications or participation in conferences, and seek grant funding. Members of the VHRN can share in other ways that will support a community of "Vincentian" scholars.  Please feel free to join us!

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VHRN Newsnote: Sickinger biography of Ozanam to be published in 2017 by University of Notre Dame Press

Raymond Sickinger’s biography of Antoine Frédéric Ozanam is more than a chronological account of Ozanam’s relatively brief but extraordinary life. It is also a comprehensive study of a man who touched many lives as a teacher, writer, and principal founder of the Society of St. Vincent de… Continue

Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on December 2, 2016 at 11:21am

VHRN Newsnote: Teodorico Pedrini Violin Sonatas

Teodorico Pedrini, C.M. (1671-1746)  had quite the journey during his lifetime. Over the course of eight years he traveled from Italy to the Canary Islands, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines. Pedrini is the sole 18th century composer of which we know that wrote…


Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on October 24, 2016 at 9:06pm

Forthcoming May 2017...

Vincent de Paul, the Lazarist Mission, and French Catholic Reform (Oxford University Press 2017)

Posted by Alison Forrestal on October 4, 2016 at 9:40am

VHRN Newsnote: Daughter of Charity Heroine of the French Resistance: Sr. Helene Studler

The Vincentiana Collection at the Special Collections Department at DePaul University recently acquired the memorial card for Sr. Helene Studler, a Daughter of Charity decorated for her work in the French Resistance during World War II.

Here is a link to a 1989 Vincentian Heritage Article:…


Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on September 29, 2016 at 7:30pm


Introduction to Ning

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Finding the original French text of quote attributed to St. Vincent de Paul 9 Replies

I've been contacted by a stained-glass artist looking for the original French text of the following quote attributed to St. Vincent DePaul:"Humility and charity are the two highest master-cords: one,…Continue

Started by Joseph F. Chorpenning, OSFS. Last reply by Kenneth Leap Aug 30.

Soucing DC paintings and engravings 6 Replies

I am trying to source the artist and location for the painting of the four martyrs of Arras in the guillotine cart on their way to martyrdom.  Pointers welcome. Continue

Started by Susan O'Brien. Last reply by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Apr 16.

'The Association' referred to by the Blessed Virgin in her message to Catherine Laboure 2 Replies

“A remember that one day I said to Father Aladel: 'The Holy Virgin asks of you a mission. She desires that an Association be started, and you are to be its founder and director. The group will be a…Continue

Started by Susan O'Brien. Last reply by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Apr 8.

Provincial Directors of the Daughters of Charity

Could anyone point me in the direction of an accessible source that describes the formal role of provincial directors and its evolution beyond that of canonical visitation?  I am particularly…Continue

Started by Susan O'Brien Feb 2, 2015.



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