Catholic Pocket Dictionary – Lazarists

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This is the popular name for the “Congregation of the Priests of the Mission,” founded by Saint Vincent of Paul in 1624, and established a few years later in the College of Saint Lazare at Paris.

The congregation was confirmed by a bull of Pope Urban VIII in 1632 and its object was the sanctification of its members, the work of the missions and the training of the Clergy. Saint Vincent, aided by several priests who had for many years been associated with him in preaching in the country districts and looking after the poor, the orphans and waifs abandoned by their parents or guardians, was invited in 1632 by the Archbishop of Paris to take up his abode in the College of Saint Lazare. At present the congregation has missions in nearly every land.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “Lazarists”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 4 March 2021. <>