About Vincentian Parish Mission

Kirsten MahonThe Congregation of the Mission, or the Vincentians as they are commonly known can trace their origins in Ireland back to 1638, when a small group of Irish men fled to France to escape the persecution of Catholics and joined Vincent de Paul, then a priest who was ministering to the poor there. Later, in 1646 a small group returned to Ireland to help establish a religious community, but they were quickly forced to return to France for fear of their lives due to Cromwell’s siege of Limerick in 1649.

When Catholic Emancipation was achieved in 1829, a group of four young men studying together at St. Patrick’s Maynooth came together “...to form an institute which would combine the advantages of community life to preach missions to the Irish Faithful and educate them in their faith”

The emerging Vincentian Community of the nineteen-century were seen as pioneers of the Parish Mission. The traditional Parish Mission consisted of the installation of several priests in a particular parish for a given time - (lasting up to two months) to preach and teach the people in order to enliven up their religious convictions. It also provided opportunities for reconciliation, the establishment of confraternities dedicated to the various apostolic or devotional tasks and involved the creation of parish structures, which would help to develop the religious life of the community.

joy JPGToday the Vincentian Parish Mission Team continue in that pioneering tradition of parish mission adapting it to the need of the 21st century. The team consists of Vincentians both lay and ordained. Each team member is experienced in the work of evangelisation and Mission. The have many years’ experience of parish ministry and working with lay formation, and professional development. The team welcomes the Challenge of today’s world to facilitate and foster collaboration of all the people of God in responding to the pastoral and spiritual needs of individuals and communities in an ever-changing world.