By Christina Hermoso
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. will celebrate a high mass at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish in San Marcelino, Ermita, Manila, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Vincent (San Vicente) de Paul, the patron of charitable societies.
A solemn procession will follow the mass. Feast rites will also be observed by all Vincentians all over the world including the Philippines, where the center of festivities will be at the Sanctuario de San Vicente de Paul in Quezon City. The Vincentian family in the country consists of around 14 charitable organizations.
Some hospitals and medical facilities in many parts of the country traditionally conduct blood-letting activities and free clinics in honor of the Apostle of Charity.
Known for his immense love 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 in France, he died in 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 in Paris, France.