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Film Screening: Monsieur Vincent
October 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 PM – 7 PM: Reception
7 PM – 7:30 PM: Reflection on the Life of St. Vincent DePaul
7:30 PM – 10 PM: Screening of Monsieur Vincent
The Lay Ministers Enrichment (LME) Ministry opens its 2022-2023 program year on Friday, October 21st, in Wallace Hall. The theme for this year’s program season is “Preaching the Gospel”, based on an encyclical of Pope Francis. In their first program, LME will join with the St. Lawrence O’Toole Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Pattie Hughes, President) to present a screening of the internationally acclaimed 1947 film, Monsieur Vincent, which received an honorary Academy Award in 1949 for Best Foreign Language film released the previous year in the United States.
The film, starring Pierre Fresnay as St. Vincent de Paul, depicts the life and ministry of Vincent de Paul, a 17th-century French cleric, who dedicated his ministry to “hearing the cry of the poor,” but who also became the spiritual advisor to the Queen of France and the nobility.
Born into poverty, Vincent de Paul entered the seminary when his family sold their oxen to pay his tuition. Early in his ministry, he dedicated himself to “hearing the cry of the poor” and ministering to the poor, including imprisoned galley slaves on French military ships. St. Vincent de Paul enlisted wealthy Parisian women, including the Gondi family, to financially support his ministry in providing food, shelter, and clothing, missionary projects, and establishing hospitals, ultimately, with Louise de Marillac, founding the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.
A review of the 1947 film describes St. Vincent’s calling to a life dedicated to those living in poverty:
Monsieur Vincent celebrates the saint’s single-minded devotion to the poor without romanticizing the objects of his devotion and the recipients of his charity. Vincent himself, though he urges his followers to regard the poor as their masters, admits frankly that they are “masters who are terribly insensitive and demanding… dirty and ugly… unjust and foul-mouthed.” Yet he is adamant that, the harder they are to serve, “the more you will have to love them.”
Join LME and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for an evening of fellowship and reflection on how we, as Catholics, can “preach the Gospel” through “loving the poor.”
To register, click here.
The registration deadline is Monday, October 17th.