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Vincent de Paul, the Lazarist Mission, and French Catholic Reform

Alison Forrestal


This book offers a major reassessment of the thought and activities of the most famous figure of the seventeenth-century French Catholic Reformation, Vincent de Paul. Confronting traditional explanations for de Paul’s prominence in the dévot reform movement that emerged in the wake of the Wars of Religion, it explores how he turned a personal vocation to evangelize the rural poor of France into a congregation of secular missionaries, known as the Congregation of the Mission or the Lazarists, with three interrelated strands of pastoral responsibility: the delivery of missions, the formation and ... More

Keywords: Catholic Reformation, Counter-Reformation, reform, seventeenth century, France, Lazarists, Congregation of the Mission, dévot, dévots, dévotes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785767
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198785767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Forrestal, author
Acting Head and Lecturer in History, School of Humanities, National University of Ireland, Galway