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Saint Vincent's Reading List LVI: The Roots of Vincent's Christocentrism

by Rev Edward R Udovic CM 8/25/2014 3:15:00 PM

Les Veritez et Excellences de Jesus-Christ, Nostre Seigneur: Recuellies de Ses Mysteres, Caches en Ses Etas & Grandeurs, Prêchées par Lui sur la Terre, et Communiquées à Ses Sts., by François Bourgoing. Paris: Sebastien Huré, 1636.

Call number: SpC. 242 B773v1636


The defining element of Vincent de Paul's spirituality is that it is Christocentric. In his 1658 Common Rules for the Congregation of the Mission, Monsieur Vincent would say, "Jesus Christ is the rule of the Mission." This of course should not be a surprise since this Christocentrism is one of the defining characteristics of Catholic Reformation spirituality, as well as the spirituality of the so-called "French School" of spirituality which emerged at the beginning of the seventeenth century.

One of the leaders of this French movement was Pierre de Berulle (1575-1629). For Berulle, this spirituality and its accompanying theological and scriptural reflections led him to found a new French religious community in 1611: The Congregation of the Oratory of Jesus. The group eschewed the identity of a traditional religious order and sought to define itself as a group of secular priests, without vows, working together for the reform of the priesthood in France. During this period Vincent de Paul was relatively new to Paris, but seems to have almost immediately been drawn to Berulle and his circle. The new community struck a chord in France and the French Church and grew quickly in power and influence, especially as a counter-point to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order).

One of the founding Oratorians was François Bourgoing (1585-1662). As he joined the new community, Bourgoing renounced the pastorate of the parish of Clichy near Paris in favor of his friend Vincent de Paul. It is generally believed, that Berulle had some influence in directing Monsieur Vincent to the pastorate at Chatillon-les-Dombes in 1617 after Vincent's abrupt departure from his position with the Gondi family. Later, it appears that a certain distancing occurred between Vincent de Paul and Berulle who died in 1629 shortly after being made a cardinal. Philippe-Emmanuel de Gondi was ordained and joined the Oratory after the death of his wife. Bourgoing became the third superior general of the community in 1641 and served until his death in 1662. The Oratorians would later be torn apart by the Jansenist controversies and would be generally identified with the Gallican and anti-ultramontane forces within the French Church.

The featured title is considered Bourgoing greatest work, and is fully representative of the meditations on Jesus Christ produced by the French School presented in a format designed to appeal to the faithful. 



St. Vincent's Reading List is a recurring blog series exploring texts known to have been read and recommended by Saint Vincent de Paul, those which can be presumed to have been read by him, and works published during his lifetime (1581-1660) illustrating his world. All materials discussed are held by DePaul University’s Richardson Library. The entire series may be viewed here.


This Week in Reference: Capriccio and GMOs

by Jennifer Schwartz 8/15/2014 2:51:00 PM
Topics coming to us this past week include:
  • Strauss' Capriccio
  • History of the bikini
  • Chickasaw burial rites
  • Katherine Howard
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

Food Politics A researcher asked for help finding material about how the food industry markets GMOs to consumers.  The suggested strategy included the phrase “genetically modified foods” and keywords: labeling or advertising or communication.  And then, further research might explore the consumer side, using terms like beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes. 
A student needed a short, scholarly, peer-reviewed article about assessment in elementary education.  The librarian directed her to the Education Research Guide for the databases: Education Research Complete and ERIC.  They started with the terms “assessment” and “elementary”, using the facets on the left to narrow to just peer reviewed and academic journal articles.  When the student was concerned about retrieving too many results that weren’t directly related, the librarian told her to skim the first page or so of results, checking the subject headings of the most promising articles.   And then, to use those terms in a new search.
This Week in Reference: August 3 - 9, 2014

Database Authentication Upgrade

by Jim LeFager 8/13/2014 12:40:00 PM

Over the summer the Library has been working with IS to upgrade our EZproxy server to a new server environment.  This server authenticates DePaul University users so that they can access library resources from both on and off campus.  This upgrade also included an update to wireless access points so that users on a DePaul University wireless network will no longer have to login to access electronic resources.  As part of the upgrade, there will be a new url used when accessing electronic resources,  For instructors who have included links to library resources in a syllabus or other course materials, we recommend updating any links to include the new proxy url. 

To assist with this process, we have updated our persistent link tool to replace any instance of the old CheckUrl prefix to the new proxy url.  

Persistent Link Tool

This new proxy url will appear in library systems and web platforms beginning this week including WorldCat Local, Research Guides, Ares Course Reserves and the library website.  We have also worked with Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) to update any links with the D2L system to use the new EZproxy url.  While we will be updating our pages and system to use the new link, any urls that use the previous proxy url will continue to work through the Winter Quarter.  After reviewing usage, we will look to deactivate this url at the start of the Spring Quarter.  

If  you have comments or questions, please use our feedback form to let us know what you think: 

Ares Course Reserves Outage

by Jim LeFager 8/8/2014 1:05:00 PM

 Access to Ares Course Reserves has been restored as of 3:00 PM

Original Message 

Ares Course Reserves is currently down due to a server outage.  We expect this service to be available soon, but in the meantime course reserves information is unavailable. 

We apologize for this inconvenience. 

This Week in Reference: Forrest Gump and GNI

by Jennifer Schwartz 8/8/2014 12:34:00 PM
Topics coming to us this past week include: Forrest Gump
  • Restorative Justice
  • CCIE Routing and Switching
  • Mixed Martial Arts Safety
  • Forrest Gump (The Movie)
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:
A student was looking for scholarly articles and statistics about kids being left in a car on hot days.  The librarian shared a search in several EBSCO databases using the search structure: (SU (children OR child welfare OR child safety OR child mortality)) AND (SU automobiles) AND (SU (heat stroke OR heat)).
The World Bank
A student was looking for micro-level data for different countries’ GNI (Gross National Income) at purchasing power parity.  Our access to the World Bank data sets provides PPP and GNI information aggregated by country-level, in order to compare one country to another.  The librarian directed the student to the specific official government websites where a national central bureau of statistics may have the needed micro-level data.
This Week in Reference: July 20 - 26, 2014

Lights, Camera...Archives!

by Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts 8/6/2014 3:01:00 PM

La Leche League filming in the Reading Room. Marian Tompson, Mary Ann Kerwin, and Lisa Manning review photographs and historic documents from the La Leche League International Records, June 17, 2014.

From a quiet place of research to a film set, the Special Collections Reading Room was transformed earlier this summer.  To honor the 50th Anniversary of the La Leche League’s foundation in New Zealand, Lisa Manning, LLLNZ Board Member and Administer of Publications, made a special trip to Chicago to interview two founding mothers of La Leche League International (LLLI).  The filmed interviews will be featured in a documentary that Manning is producing for the anniversary celebration.  

Unlike today, breastfeeding was not always encouraged by the medical establishment and not practiced widely enough for women who wanted to breastfeed to have practical support.  La Leche League was formed in 1956, in Franklin Park, Illinois when two mothers, Mary White and Marian Tompson, were breastfeeding their children at a church picnic.  When other women present expressed interest, or told them how they had wanted to breastfeed but failed, Mary and Marian realized that there was a need for information and advice.  They enlisted the help of five of their friends and acquaintances and the seven began to hold meetings.  The founding mothers of La Leche were Mary Ann Cahill, Edwina Froehlich, Mary Ann Kerwin, Viola Lennon, Marian Tompson, Betty Wagner, and Mary White.  La Leche quickly developed to become first a national and then an international organization.  

John Froehlich meets Princess Grace at the 1971 Conference as his grinning wife, Edwina Froehlich, and Marian Tompson stand next to the guest of honor.Manning’s primary interest in hosting the interview session in the Special Collections Reading Room was to use the LLLI archives, donated to DePaul in 2006, to spark reminisces about the early days of the organization.  Manning was particularly curious to hear about Princess Grace of Monaco’s support and selected photographs and documents from the 1971 LLLI Convention.  Snapshots show special guest speaker, Princess Grace, in a receiving line greeting the crowd of admirers.  

Mary Ann Kerwin giggled when she saw those photos, remembering that at one point during the evening she looked down and realized that in her excitement to meet Princess Grace, she left the house wearing a pair of mismatched shoes!  Marian Tompson recalled a quiet moment with Princess Grace when she reached for the ice cubes with her hands and placed them in Marian’s drink instead of using the tongs on the tray.  “I was surprised at her informality.”  Both Marian and Mary Ann credited Princess Grace with raising the profile of their organization.

If you want to read Princess Grace’s remarks given at the 1971 Convention or learn more about the history of La Leche League International, read the Finding Aid or visit the Special Collections and Archives Department in the Richard Library, Room 314.   

Kenmore Entrance Closed August 1

by Alexis Burson 7/31/2014 2:12:00 PM

The Kenmore entrance to the John T. Richardson Library will not be accessible throughout the day on Friday August 1 due to a contruction project.  Please enter through the quad side or Schmitt Academic Center (SAC). We're sorry for the inconvenience.

John T. Richardson Library 

Saint Vincent's Reading List LV: The death of Cardinal Richelieu

by Rev Edward R Udovic CM 7/28/2014 10:00:00 AM

Extraordinaire du 5 Decembre 1642: contenant I. La mort du Cardinal Duc de Richelieu, avenue à Pris le quatriesme du courant; II. Le legat fait au Roy par le dit Cardinal Duc; III. Et les ressentimens de sa Majesté après son decez. Paris: s.n., 1642. 

Call number: SpC. 944.032092 R528Yex1642


Among the key political-power relationships that Vincent de Paul had to successfully navigate as both a national figure and superior general of the Congregation of the Mission, few were more important, or more complex, than his relationship with Armand Jean de Plessis, Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu and Fronsac (1585-1642).

As the First Minister for the relatively weak king, Louis XIII, from 1624 to 1642, Cardinal Richelieu single-handedly presided over the strengthening of the internal and external power of the French monarchy, the French Church, and the French State. The France of the Sun King, Louis XIV, was only made possible through the work of Cardinal Richelieu.

The cardinal thought very highly of Vincent de Paul and the new Congregation of the Mission.  This regard led him in 1638 to negotiate a contract to obtain the services of Vincent’s community in the new city of Richelieu he had founded, and in his old see city of Lucon. These were very complex negotiations that were still not completed when the cardinal died in Paris on 4 December 1642.  

In a letter to Bernard Codoing on Christmas Day of 1642 Vincent wrote: "Providence has permitted that [the foundation at] Richelieu not be funded. The later Cardinal had sold the record-offices of Loudon, intending to put the price into real estate, which he did; however, he died before relinquishing it to us. Two or three days before his death, he sent me the rough draft for it, which he did not sign. We must praise God for this. We shall see what his heirs will choose to do.... Blessed be God that Providence arranged things other-wise! We held two solemn services and said several Masses for him. Celebrate a large number there [in Rome] please."

Vincent did not have to worry on this account, the Duchess d’Aiguillon (the cardinal’s favorite niece) was personally devoted to Monsieur Vincent and an ardent supporter of all of  his works.

The work featured is the official notice of the cardinal’s death published in Paris on 5 December 1642.

This Week in Reference: Teff Flour and GPA

by Jennifer Schwartz 7/25/2014 4:42:00 PM
Topics coming to us this past week include:
  • Teff Flour
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Common Core
  • League of Nations
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A student was writing a literature review on diagnosing postpartum depression, and needed specific information about the validity of the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale in different languages.  The librarian started with HaPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments), linked from the Nursing & Medicine Research Guide.  Next, they worked through some useful searches in CINAHL, Health Source, and PsycINFO.  The librarian also suggested searching for articles about language problems in relation to research instruments in general, and then applying those general findings to language issues specific to the one instrument.  Terms like interpretation and translation were also very useful.

A question came through IM about the relationship between “commute time and college GPA.”  The librarian pointed the student toward the databases ERIC, Education Complete and others, searching with the subject heading “commuting students” and GPA or Grade Point Average or Academic Success.
This Week in Reference: July 13 - 19, 2014 



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