Our Mission.

The land upon which the center stands was the home of Andrew and Mary Pansini, parents of Reverend F. David Pansini, C.M., a Vincentian priest and a board member of the Doheny Foundation since 1968. Reverend Pansini’s parents struggled to keep the land over several years and promised to give it to the church if they were ever able to own it “in the clear.” Reverend Pansini recalls pumping their own water and doing without power or gas. In the early fifties they began donating the land to the Congregation of the mission also known as the Vincentian fathers brothers for use as a high school seminary. Initially the students and staff lived in the old family home. Later, Mrs. Estelle Doheny built the classrooms and dormitory as well as the chapel the seminary operated from  1954 until 1968 and then closed. renovations continue to convert this facility to the Evangelization and Retreat center operating today. the center hosts spanish and english events, engaged encounter weekends, school and parish retreat weekends, cursillos, evening of reflection and many programs that cultivate Ministry formation. De Paul Center also serves as the headquarters for the Vincentian father and brothers, Province of the West.

De Paul Center and the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation have deep ties and with their connections to the Congregation of the Mission and their sister community, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, they have had the honor in participating in numerous noteworthy projects over the last sixty years. In addition to the land acquired for this original seminary of St. Vincent, the foundation participated in the land acquisition and building of St. Mary’s, a Vincentian novitiate seminary in Santa Barbara. Since opening the seminary in Santa Barbara has converted to a retreat center similar to the facility in Montebello. The province headquarters for the Daughters of Charity in Los Altos, California was another campaign the Doheny Foundation propelled and in addition to the capital campaigns the Vincentian Family has grown to include community ministries that serve with compassion and spirit filled works. Meals on wheels & contributions to individual school are some of the most familiar that are still operating today.Cras dapibus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi. Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus. Aenean leo ligula.