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Paris, France: Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul


About Saint Vincent de Paul:

Born April 24, 1581, in the region of Landes, Vincent de Paul was ordained a priest on September 23, 1600. St. Vincent is not only known as the champion of the poor but also of the rich, for he taught them to do works of mercy. During his early years as a priest, he worked as a chaplain for Queen Margaret de Valois and served as a tutor to the powerful de Gondi family. While ministering to the de Gondis family, however, Vincent began noticing the great inequities between the lots of the rich and the poor.

On January 25, 1617, he preached a sermon that was to become the founding statement of “the Congregation of the Mission.” In August of the same year Vincent established the first “Confraternity of Charity.” Both the order and the confraternity had missions of serving the poor and suffering.

After serving Christ for sixty years as a priest, Vincent de Paul died on September 27, 1660. He was canonized by Pope Clement XII in 1737.  We celebrate his Feast Day on September 27.


About the Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul:

The church dedicated to Saint Vincent de Paul is in the chapel of the Vincentian Fathers. Upon entering the Church, you’ll notice the glass reliquary containing his body high above the main altar. It is an easy climb to the reliquary by a double stairway behind the altar, to venerate his relics.

The reliquary holding the body of St. Vincent de Paul
The reliquary holding the body of St. Vincent de Paul

When his body was first exhumed it appeared to be incorrupt but later flooding damaged the area where his body was placed and the body did decay. What you will see here is his skeleton covered with wax, giving him a very realistic appearance.

His heart was taken and is now in the Chapel of the Daughters of Charity at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.

There is a small gift shop here as well, open at irregular hours. They only speak French in the shop.

Click here for a great assortment of St. Vincent de Paul medals, statues and more in our online store  (opens in new window)

How to find the Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul:

Closeup of the skeleton of St. Vincent de Paul covered with wax likeness
Closeup of his skeleton covered with wax likeness

To reach the Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul by Metro, get off at the Vaneau station which is on the same street as the shrine. From the outside it does not appear to be any different from many of the other buildings on the street (even knowing where it is, we have almost walked by it before), but inside you will find a beautiful church. There is a small plaque on the front door that might help you find it.

We recommend “Little Black Book of Paris” and “Streetwise Maps” to help you find your way.

Address: 93 Rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris

GPS coordinates: 48° 50′ 55.8348” N, 2° 19′ 17.5512” E

Tel: +33 1 45 49 84 84 or + 33 01 45 48 35 72 Fax +33 01 42 84 09 64

email: paris.cm@wanadoo.fr

Click here for website for the Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris.

If you plan to visit, we recommend that you combine this with the
Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, which is just around the corner.

Staff of the shrine.

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2 thoughts on “Paris: The Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul”

  1. I would like to visit your shrine again n it was breathtaking the last time when I visited her. I also would like to get in touch with you for the sale of your SVDP medals… we are celebrating our patron saint which happens to him St Vincent De a Paul… so we would like to purchase the normal medal maybe about 300 pieces. Please reply to me looking forward to hearing from you . Celina

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