Forging a New Space for Lay Male Piety: St. Vincent de Paul Societies in Urban Quebec and Ontario, 1846–1890

@article{Gauvreau2009ForgingAN,
  title={Forging a New Space for Lay Male Piety: St. Vincent de Paul Societies in Urban Quebec and Ontario, 1846–1890},
  author={Michael Gauvreau},
  journal={Histoire sociale/Social history},
  year={2009},
  volume={42},
  pages={35 - 67}
}
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society, introduced to Canada in 1846, rapidly carved out a presence in the Catholic parishes and communities in Canada's leading colonial cities. An exclusively male lay organization, the SVP was first and foremost a devotional society, in which charity and assistance to the poor was but an adjunct to perfecting the piety of its members, appropriating a status and space usually assigned to the clergy. The virtues espoused by the SVP were also intended to justify the… Expand
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