Adamson University president Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim will preside over the Eucharistic celebration at 5 p.m. Monday, September 27, at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish and Shrine of the Poor in Tandang Sora, Q.C. in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Vincent (San Vicente) de Paul, the patron saint of charitable societies.
Novena masses were held from September 18 to 26.
A fiesta mass will also be celebrated at 5 p.m. Monday at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish in San Marcelino, Ermita, Manila,
Devotees are encouraged to join the Eucharistic celebration online as only about 80 persons (10 percent of the church’s capacity) will be allowed inside the church.
Commemorative masses will be offered by all Vincentian communities around the world including the Philippines,
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in the country has 455 Conferences composed of more than 4,000 youth members and over 2,000 adult members.
Some hospitals and medical facilities in many parts of the country traditionally conduct blood-letting activities in honor of the Apostle of Charity.
Known for his immense concern for the poor, the sick, and the homeless, St. Vincent, together with St. Louise de Marillac, founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity and the Congregation of the Priests of the Mission. His guiding motto as a charity worker was “God sees you.”
Born on April 24, 1581 to a poor peasant family in France, he died on September 27, 1660 and was canonized by Pope Clement XII on June 16, 1737. His incorrupt body is venerated by hundreds of devotees and pilgrims every year at his major shrine the Saint Vincent de Paul Chapel in Paris, France.