|Saint Vincent de Paul|
by Simon François de Tours
All his life, Saint Vincent remembered what it was like to be poor, because that’s how he grew up in a small town in France. He was able to go to a school taught by Franciscan monks, and he worked so hard that after just a few years, he was hired to be a private teacher for a wealthy family. Some years later, he became a priest. He was travelling along the French coast when he was captured by African pirates and forced into slavery for two years until he was able to escape. He went back to France and accomplished many great things.
Saint Vincent did many great things, but he is most known for his work for the poor. Today, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society continues his work in dioceses all over the world. Find the Saint Vincent de Paul Society nearest your home and make a donation to honor this wise saint. You can make a donation of money, new or used household items or clothes, or even a donation of time by volunteer to sort donations, sweep floors, wash windows or do anything else that is needed.