Vincent had a very eventful life. He grew up on a farm in France. After he became a priest, he was asked to serve as a chaplain to the queen. One day while traveling by sea, his ship was attacked by pirates and Vincent was captured as a slave. He eventually escaped and returned to France. These diverse experiences taught Vincent to see the dignity of each person, rich or poor. The example of his own courtesy has inspired people to serve the poor, especially by giving them clothing and food.