By Christina Hermoso
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will celebrate a high mass at 5 p.m. Friday, September 27, 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 saint 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 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 and medical missions 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 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.