St. Vincent de Paul succeeded in giving concrete expression to the merciful love of the Lord. He became the inspiring presence of his time that awakened the conscience of humanity. St. Vincent de Paul left indelible marks of Christian values on the history of the 17th century France. He could command respect from even those who rose up in revolution against the church and the state alike. St. Vincent de Paul was declared the patron of Church's charitable works by Pope Leo XIII in 1833. Pope John Paul II called him "a man of action and prayer; a man of persuasion and imagination; a man of leadership and humble service; a man of yesterday and today."
He inspired many generations to be effective witnesses to the merciful love of the Lord and continues to be so. It was under the influence of St. Vincent de Paul that the Vincentian Congregation was started in Kerala, India in 1904, by very, Rev. Fr. Varkey Kattarath of venerable memory. The Congregation has more than 550 members in three provinces. V. Rev. Fr. Varghese Puthussery is the superior general of the congregation. The members focus their energy mainly in preaching the good news to the poor in the mission fields of India and East Africa.