Today, Sept. 27, is the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, which honors the legacy of DePaul University‘s namesake.
St. Vincent de Paul, a French Roman Catholic priest, spent his life in service to the people around him, particularly the poor and underserved. For the past 350 years since his death — as well as during his lifetime — women and men have admired his work and continued this mission in his name.
In his writing about St. Vincent de Paul, the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., Ph.D., Secretary of DePaul University,Vice President for Teaching and Learning Resources, and Senior Executive for University Mission, describes St. Vincent’s vision in this way:
Within the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Vincent de Paul is known as the ‘Apostle of Charity.’ Vincent lived in Paris for almost all of his adult life. When he looked around at the city he knew so well he saw people in need everywhere. His faith told him that these people were his brothers and sisters in Christ. He felt a personal responsibility to do something that would make a difference in their lives; to do something that would change a world in which suffering and poverty were so taken for granted.
For more detail about the life of St. Vincent and how his work is reflected in DePaul’s efforts today, visit the DePaul Office of Mission and Values website.