St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) was founder of the
Congregation of the Mission, Daughters of Charity, Confraternities of Charity,
and Ladies of Charity. A man of deep faith, keen intellect, and enormous
creativity, he has become known as the "The Apostle of Charity" and "Father of
the Poor." His contributions to the training of priests and organizing parish
missions and other services for the poor shaped our Church's role in the modern
St. Louise de Marillac (1591 - 1660), a contemporary of St. Vincent, was inspired and directed by Vincent's spiritual leadership. She was Vincent's collaborator in founding the Daughters of Charity and organizing hospitals for the sick poor, asylums for the orphaned, workshops for the unemployed, championing literacy for the uneducated, and establishing standards for local charities. Louise was a wife, mother, teacher, nurse, social worker and religious foundress.