Monsieur Vincent, Henri Daniel-Rops' brilliant and moving biographical sketch of the beloved St. Vincent De Paul, is a beautiful book. Its superb illustrations, marginal drawings and actual photographs of scenes frequented by the Saint add an impressive visual dimension to this story of the 17th Century priest whose name remains synonymous with Charity . The son of humble peasants, Vincent De Paul became a priest with the financial help of a wealthy magistrate who recognized his ability ""to charm hearts and conquer souls"". It wasn't until he was forty years old, however, that he undertook his great works -- the founding of two religious congregations, the Vincentian Fathers and the Daughters of Charity and numerous confraternities of lay people engaged in charitable work. He did much to bring about the reforms of the French clergy, and founded major seminaries for the training and formation of priests. Kings and Queens sought him as their spiritual adviser recognizing his exceptional stature and holiness. Henri Daniel Rops, the acclaimed Catholic writer, tells the story of Monsieur Vincent with simplicity and affection. A Catholic Book Club selection for May, the book should prove as welcome to ""old friends"" of the Saint as to those who make his acquaintance for the first time through its pages.