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(Congregatio Missionis, CM; also Vincentian Fathers, Preti della Missione), founded in Paris in 1625 by Vincent de Paul to evangelize the rural French population through home missions (Mission to the People). Their apostolate soon expanded to include the training of priests, leading retreats (Exercises, Spiritual), spiritual guidance of the sisterhoods established by Vincent, pastoral care of prisoners and galley slaves, and foreign missions (after 1645; after 1697 in China, where they inherited t…

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Eder, Manfred, “Vincentians/Lazarists”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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