Today, Sept. 27, marks the liturgical feast of st. Vincent de Paul.
The figure of this saint, beloved by the Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne Antide, is recounted in history through paintings depicting him.
It is told that portraying the face of St. Vincent was not easy: he did not want to. His missionaries introduced a painter, Simon François, disguised as a priest, inside the Motherhouse.
We owe the first portrait to him. From this model the paintings of later painters multiplied, interpreting the first one with freedom.
The portraits recount biography and the apostolic life of st. Vincent: evangelizer of the countryside, formator of the clergy, father of the poor, innovator of women’s religious life.