Partners in Charity: St. Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul

Jan 7, 2021
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Bronwen McSheaAugustine Institute; Institute for Religion and Public Life

Join us February 13 for the next event in this series on "Pledges of the Saints: the Cult of Relics in the Catholic Tradition."

This event is co-presented with the Bollandist Society 

In this talk, we will examine side by side the lives and legacies of two major saints of French Catholicism's seventeenth-century golden age.  Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul co-founded the Daughters of Charity, one of the most successful socially-oriented women's congregations in the Church's history, when the Tridentine-era bishops were attempting to enforce strict claustration for women religious.  They also collaborated with a wide circle of lay and religious women and men of different social backgrounds in ways that transformed Christian life in and beyond France for centuries.  We will reflect on the two saints' fruitful spiritual friendship of several decades.  We will also consider why De Marillac is far less well known than De Paul in modern times, something that stems in part from the different trajectories their causes for sainthood took in the wake of each saint's death, only several months apart from the other's, in 1660.


Bronwen McShea is a Visiting Assistant Professor in History with the Augustine Institute Graduate School in Denver and a Writer in Residence at the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City.  She has taught at Columbia University and the University of Nebraska Omaha and has held research positions at Princeton University and the Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte.  She holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.  Her first book, Apostles of Empire: The Jesuits of New France (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) won a Catholic Press Association book award, and her second book, tentatively titled Peer of Princes: Marie de Vignerot, Cardinal Richelieu’s Forgotten Protégé, is under contract with Pegasus Books.