16 Facts About St Vincent

1. St Vincent was born in Sardinia, Italy, and was a papal legate to the Robber Council of Ephesus in 449, barely escaping with his life from this affair.

2. St Vincent was a pioneer in clerical training and was instrumental in establishing seminaries.

3. St Vincent organized these wealthy women of Paris to collect funds for missionary projects, found hospitals, and gather relief funds for the victims of war and to ransom 1,200 galley slaves from North Africa.

4. St Vincent had converted to Islam in order to gain his freedom from slavery and was living in the mountains with three wives.

5. St Vincent is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

6. St Vincent had "become the symbol of the successful reform of the French Church".

7. St Vincent inspired many of the court to an interest in the poor of Paris and was the founder of organized charity in France.

8. St Vincent managed to convert his slave master, a renegade, and to flee with him back to France.

9. St Vincent decided to instruct the poor and become a missionary.

10. St Vincent often prayed that God would slow his anger.

11. St Vincent founded the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity with St Louise de Marillac.

12. St Vincent was very well known throughout Europe in his own time.

13. St Vincent was very well liked because of his charm, intelligence, and sense of humor.

14. St Vincent used the monies he earned teaching to continue his formal studies at the University of Toulose where he studied theology.

15. St Vincent said when the bill was being debated in parliament in St Vincent and the Grenadines, it divided the Rastafarian community because of the way the measure was rolled out.

16. St Vincent said St Lucia will instead, adopt a holistic approach to agricultural development, using cannabis as the catalyst.