History and museums
The Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul is a Roman Catholic church in Marseille. It is also known as Les Réformés.
It is located off the top of the Canebière. The exact address is 2-3 Cours Franklin Roosevelt, an avenue named for American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
It was built on a demolished convent and chapel of Reformed Augustinians, which explains why it is commonly known as "Les Réformés" despite being a Roman Catholic church. The church building itself was designed by the architect François Reybaud and the abbey Joseph-Guillaume Pougnet, and built from 1855 to 1886. It is neogothic, with ogival curbs in the ceiling. The architects took inspiration from the Reims Cathedral and the Amiens Cathedral. The two arrows are 70 metre high.
The bronze gates were designed by Caras-Latour, the high altar was designed by Jules Cantini (1826-1916), and the stained windows were designed by Édouard Didron (1836-1902). Additionally, sculptor Louis Botinelly (1883-1962) designed the statues of Joan of Arc and of Jesus. As for the organ pipes, they were made by Joseph Merklin (1819–1905).
In the 1980s, due to low attendance, it came under the threat of being demolished. However, in recent years, it has a high attendance record.
The church building is open every day from 9AM to 12PM and from 1PM to 4:30PM, except on Sundays. Mass is said every day at 6:30PM, except on Saturdays when it is also said at 12:10PM, and on Sundays when it is only said at 10:30AM. On the last Sunday of November, Mass is said in Provençal dialect to celebrate the santon traditionally used in Christmas cribs in houses in Provence.
The current priest is Fr. Philippe Rochas