The Vincentian Family is made up of organizations that are inspired by the life and work of St. Vincent de Paul. We share a belief that God is present among us, particularly in the persons who are poor and abandoned.

Hidden ....

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.


In 1875, the Vincentians of the Eastern Province, developed plans for the Congregation’s private chapel, which they named the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. When Bishop James Wood (then-bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) heard about these plans, he asked them to build a public chapel instead.

Fr. Joseph Skelly, CM, the Eastern Province Provincial, wanted to honor Our Blessed Mother, and commissioned the building to be a shrine to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Thus, the Miraculous Medal Shrine was established.

Today, thousands of Marian devotees from around the world journey to the Shrine every year not only for its tranquility but for its beauty.

Open seven days a week, the Shrine is a public sanctuary. In the spirit of hospitality, all are welcome to enjoy the grace and beauty of Our Lady’s shrine.



St. John’s University, a Vincentian ministry, looks to St. Vincent de Paul (1581–1660), founder of the Congregation of the Mission, for its vision and inspiration. Early in his ministry as a priest in 17th-century France, Vincent discovered that one finds God and oneself in service to others.

His conviction guides St. John’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni in using their education to help build a better world.



Niagara University was founded in 1856 as the College and Seminary of Our Lady of Angels, which began with six students and two faculty. The founders of the university, Vincentians Priests, the Most Rev. John Timon, C.M. and Rev. John J. Lynch, C.M..

Throughout its long history, Niagara has remained true to the Vincentian principles of preparing students for personal and professional success while remaining committed to the values of its patron, St. Vincent de Paul, as well as to its Catholic heritage. Niagara relies on a tradition of five Vincentian virtues, which breed confidence. It puts scholarship in action, which produces clarity about one’s self and the world. It encourages all to seek the “good” and to find their divinely given purpose.



In 1633, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac co-founded the Daughters of Charity to “consecrate their lives to God and to live in community in order to dedicate themselves to the service of the poor.” Their motto is: “The charity of Jesus crucified impels us.” Currently there are approximately 13,000 Daughters serving in 96 countries around the world.



Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.


The Vincentian Family is a global family founded on our primary charismatic intuition, “there is God endowed dignity in every human story and in our planet.”  We are a coalition of Vincentian Family NGOs that collaborates around our ministry of advocacy at the United Nations, respecting our individual identities and mandates, to strengthen the impact of advocacy we have as a family.  We seek to be a united voice of the Vincentian Family at the United Nations. We advocate for and seek the empowerment of our brothers and sisters on the social and economic margins of history and society, the excluded, and our wounded Mother Earth.



In 1625, St. Vincent founded his community of priests and brothers to evangelize those living in poverty through words and works, especially those living in the countryside through missions to the people, and the formation of the clergy. Their motto is: “He has sent me to evangelize the poor”, and currently there are about 4,000 missionaries (priests and brothers) serving in 80 countries throughout the world. In 1818, the Congregation of the Mission arrived in Perryville, Missouri. Bishop Joseph Rosati, CM was the first Bishop of St. Louis (1826-1843).



The Vincentian Family is a movement made up of more than 160 institutions and some 4,000,000 people who follow Jesus Christ, serving the poor, as did St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and many other believers who, over the last four centuries, have enriched the Vincentian charism.

The FAMVIN Digital Network serves the Vincentian Family with news, media, formation resources and more.