Vincent de Paul, the Lazarist Mission, and French Catholic Reform offers a major re-assessment of the thought and activities of the most famous figure of the seventeenth-century French Catholic Reformation, Vincent de Paul. Confronting traditional explanations for de Paul's prominence in the devot reform movement that emerged in the wake of the Wars of Religion, the volume explores how he turned a personal vocational desire to evangelize the rural poor of France into a congregation of secular missionaries, known as the Congregation of the Mission or the Lazarists, with three inter-related strands of pastoral responsibility: the delivery of missions, the formation and training of clergy, and the promotion of confraternal welfare. Alison Forrestal further demonstrates that the structure, ethos, and works that de Paul devised for the Congregation placed it at the heart of a significant enterprise of reform that involved a broad set of associates in efforts to transform the character o
Alison Forrestal is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), having previously held lectureships at Durham University and the University of Warwick. She is the author of multiple publications on the Catholic Reformation, including the monographs Catholic Synods in Ireland, 1600-1690 (1998), and Fathers, Pastors and Kings: Visions of Episcopacy in Seventeenth-Century France (2004), and the co-edited volumes Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France (2009), and The Frontiers of Mission: Perspectives on Early Modern Missionary Catholicism (2016).
PART I: A WEALTH OF RESOURCES; PART II: THE ANATOMY OF A MISSION; PART III: EXPANSION AND COLLABORATION; PART IV: ENGAGING WITH LAY MISSION; PART V: CONSOLIDATION