Title: Publication Lecture -The Vincentians, A General History of the Congregation of the Mission (2. The Eighteenth Century to 1789)
Lecturer: John Rybolt, C.M., Scholar in Residence, DePaul University
Author John Rybolt, C.M. will talk about the second volume of The Vincentians, A General History of the Congregation of the Mission.
This second volume begins with the dawn of the
eighteenth century, and relates how the Congregation of the Mission,
founded by St. Vincent de Paul, worked to remain faithful to his vision
while adapting itself to the demands of ecclesiastical and political
life in France, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Portugal, overseas missions in
North Africa and the Mascarenes, as well as the missions taken up after
the suppression of the Jesuits in the Middle East and China. Among
other problems, the Missioners found themselves in the middle of fights
over Jansenism, but tempered by the success of the canonization of Saint
Vincent de Paul. This is an important, down-to-earth side of history
not often told.
This series tells the story of priests and brothers
who have worked to improve others’ spiritual and material welfare for
almost four centuries. This work has brought them into contact with the
abject poor and the highest royalty, and with the peoples and customs of
widely disparate countries (in Europe; the Middle East; Asia, including
China; North and South America; Africa; and Australia). For the first
time, modern readers will have a thoroughly-researched history based on
original documents and the studies of numerous scholars, past and
present. It gives a thorough picture of the Missioners daily lives and
describes their failings as well as their exalted acts of heroism.
There will be six volumes:
1. From the foundation to the end of the seventeenth century.
2. The eighteenth century to the French Revolution.
3. The French Revolution to 1843, the election of Jean-Baptiste Etienne.
4. From 1843 to 1878, the election of Antoine Fiat.
5. 1878 to 1920, the election of François Verdier
6. From 1920 to 1980, the approval of the Constitutions of the Congregation.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:30am to 1:00pm
Library - Richardson Library Lincoln Park Campus, 115
2350 N Kenmore Ave