Book of the Week: “Reglemens de la Compagnie des Dames de la Charite… Paris, 1669”

 

Reglemens de la Compagnie des Dames de la Charite de la Paroisse de S. Paul pour le soin des Pauvres, (Paris: Chez Pierre Colin, Imprimeur & Libraire, rue de la Harpe, proche Saint Cosme, aux quatre Evangelistes, 1669).

The Vincentiana Collection of DePaul University’s Archives and Special Collections has recently acquired a very rare 1669 copy of the rules for the Ladies of Charity for the parish of Saint-Paul in Paris. The parish of Saint-Paul was an early site of the labors of the Daughters (see Coste,CCD4:400), and the Ladies.  In June 1652 Vincent describes the work of the Daughters of Charity in this parish: “In Saint-Paul parish alone four or five sisters make the distribution to five thousand poor persons, in addition to the sixty or eight patients they have on their hands.”

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