St. Vincent Pallotti
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Vincent Pallotti, Priest (Feast - January 22) Born in Rome in 1795, St. Vincent became a priest and
dedicated himself completely to God and cared for souls. He dreamed of gaining for Christ all
non-Catholics, especially the Mohammedans. To this end he inaugurated a revolutionary program which
envisaged the collaboration of the laity in the apostolate of the clergy. But St. Vincent was also
well aware of the many deprivations in the natural sphere that hindered the spread of the Faith. He
thus obtained and spent huge sums for the poor and underprivileged. He founded guilds for workers,
agriculture schools, loan associations, orphanages and homes for girls - all of which made him the
pioneer and precursor of Catholic Action. His great legacy was the congregation which he founded for
urban mission work, known as the "Society for Catholic Action". This indefatigable laborer for
Christ in 1850 from a severe cold which he most likely caught on a cold rainy night after giving his
cloak to a beggar who had none.
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