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: "Superna Jerusalem" The Bull of Canonization for Vincent de Paul 1737

The Vincentiana Research Collection at the John T. Richardson Library of Chicago has purchased a rare copy of the 1737 bull of  Clement XII canonizing Vincent de Paul.  As is customary for papal documents it is known by its first two words in this case: "Superna Jerusalem"…


Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on May 19, 2016 at 5:56pm

VHRN Book of the Week: "Protestant Sisters of Charity."

This Vincentian Studies Institute research library at the John T. Richardson Library of DePaul University has acquired a rare copy (1826) of Alexander Dallas' proposal for the establishment in England of a Protestant version of the Soeurs de la Charite of France.  Dallas (1791-1869) was an Anglican clergyman interested in the conversion of Catholic in Ireland among other causes. His father had been a friend of Lord Byron.  …


Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on May 17, 2016 at 5:00pm

VHRN Newsnote: Annabelle Melville: "Elizabeth Bayley Seton 1774-1821" Now digitized

We are happy to announce that with the kind permission of the Province of St. Louise of the Daughters of Charity the Richardson Library has digitized and posted the updated edition of Annabelle Mellville's classic biography of Elizabeth Seton.  This work joins the other Vincentian digitized texts on DePaul University's digital repository: Via Sapientiae.  To access this work visit:…


Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on May 12, 2016 at 4:21pm


Introduction to Ning

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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.

Daughters of Charity in the Inter-War period 3 Replies

Is anyone working on the history of the Daughters in the period from c1920-1950? I have a feeling that we are about to leapfrog this era in historical research and move from the 19thC to the Vatican…Continue

Tags: Code, Canon, Law, modernity., impact

Started by Susan O'Brien. Last reply by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Sep 4, 2014.



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