Holy Cards


This collection of devotional cards featuring St. Vincent de Paul is part of the Vincentian Studies Collection at DePaul University Libraries Special Collections. These cards span several centuries and many languages, and show the religious iconography surrounding St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, and the various religious and lay orders founded by them.

The majority of the materials collected here are holy cards, which, in the Catholic tradition, are small, religious pictures roughly the size of a playing card. The reverse sometimes contains a prayer or other devotional text. These cards, which depict a Catholic saint or religious scene, are often blessed by priests for the use by the faithful. The creation, circulation, and use of these cards is an important part of the material culture of Roman Catholics. Other collectable devotional cards, including early examples of religious trading and collectable cards, are also featured in this collection.

For more information about the Vincentian Studies Collection, please visit our research guide.