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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Some of you may have received a message from James Pollard. Please disregard any message from him and do not reply - it is fraudulent. He requested to join the group a few weeks ago and we accepted the request believing he was interested in contributing to the group. We learned that he was sending messages that violate our policies and practices. He has since been removed from the group.
Also, please be advised that we are in the process of transitioning the content from VHRN…

Posted by Brian Cicirello on March 26, 2019 at 10:47am

VHRN Newsnote: Saint Vincent de Paul Society Centennial Holy Card (1833-1933)

The Vincentiana collection at the Archives/Special Collections Department of DePaul University's John Richardson LIbrary has recently acquired this example of a holy card celebrating the centennial (1833-1933) of the foundation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The image shows Frederic Ozanam ministering to the poor in whom he finds… Continue

Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on February 23, 2019 at 8:39am

VHRN Newsnote: Soeur Angele: Daughter of Charity Detective Novels

"Soeur (Sister) Angèle must have been the first nun-detective in fiction. She is a Sister of Charity (an order, we are told, founded by Vincent de Paul) but is also a medical doctor, attached at first to the French hospital and orphanage in Bethlehem, although we never see her there. She had previously been Dr Angèle Persent d'Ericy, before she had… Continue

Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on February 17, 2019 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

VHRN Newsnote: Barbara Diefendorf's latest book to be published on March 15, 2019

"The first thing that Catholic religious orders did when they arrived in a town to establish a new community was to plant the cross--to erect a large wooden cross where the church was to stand. The cross was a contested symbol in the civil wars that reduced France to near anarchy in the sixteenth century. Protestants tore down crosses to mark their…


Posted by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on February 13, 2019 at 10:58am


Introduction to Ning

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Missiology - Early 20th century

Dear Vincentian History Research Network:I'm a Roman Catholic doctoral student at Georgetown University studying early 20th century Chinese Catholicism. I'm writing to see if you might be able to…Continue

Tags: louvain, mission, missiology, China, CM

Started by StephanieWong Apr 20, 2018.

the source 3 Replies

"J'ai voulu donner aux femmes un ministère dans l'Eglise, le ministère de la Charité." "I wanted to give women a ministry in the Church, the ministry of Charity."can anyone tell me the source of this…Continue

Started by mathew kochuparambil. Last reply by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Nov 9, 2017.

Vincentian History in Asia 3 Replies

To the present there seems to be an appreciable interest, research, and writing on the more than 300 year history of the Vincentian presence in China.   The Vincentian Studies Institute has given a…Continue

Started by Edward R. Udovic, C.M.. Last reply by StephanieWong Mar 11, 2017.

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, 2016.



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