Saint Vincent de Paul was born in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France on April 24, 1581. As the patron saint of charitable societies, he extended his acts of service to all classes of persons, from forsaken childhood to old age. His soul was always intimately united with God, and it was that union that caused him to be so dedicated in his establishment of the Union-Chretienne de Saint Chaumond.
Marie Lumagne, born in Paris on November 29, 1599, married a gentleman from the Court of Louis XIII, Francois de Pollalion, in 1617. He passed away in 1625 and it was then that Madame de Pollalion decided to devote her whole life to the service of her Brothers and to put herself at Saint Vincent de Paul’s disposal.
She became one of his main collaborators and accompanied him on his mission around Paris, sharing the tasks of Louise de Marillac, the future founder of the Daughters of Charity. In his company, she visited the charitable societies that he had founded to help the poor, educated young girls, and helped in every possible way.
Their partnership and work together is what created the Union-Chretienne de Saint Chaumond, along with everything that it and the Sisters stand for.