With these quality prayer cards we call on the intercession of Saint Vincent de Paul. Vincent, born into a poor French family in 1581, was such an excellent student as a young man that he earned money as a tutor of wealthy children of a nearby family. His earnings allowed him to study theology at the University of Toulouse. After his ordination to the priesthood, he and his master were captured and endured slavery for two years in Africa before escaping back to Europe. Back in France, he was charged with ministering to the poor, convicts, and the sick. He was so overwhelmed with his work that he began the Ladies of Charity as well as priestly institute now called the Vincentians. In addition to the extensive charitable work for which he is best known today, Vincent also worked tirelessly to reform a generation of poorly formed priests and to run retreats and start seminaries.