Fights broke out between various factions of students which escalated into many armed battles.
During the course of the unrest, an official was murdered by two students.
This was against the regulations established by the Council of Trent which required a minimum of 24 years of age for ordination, so when he was appointed parish priest in Tilh, the appointment was appealed against in the Court of Rome.
Rather than respond to a lawsuit in which he would probably not have prevailed, he resigned from the position and continued his studies.
It was the Countess de Gondi who persuaded her husband to endow and support a group of able and zealous missionaries who would work among poor tenant farmers and country people in general.
On , with Louis XIII dead, Queen Anne had her husband's will annulled by the Parlement de Paris (a judicial body comprising mostly nobles and high clergymen).
Anne exiled some of her husband's ministers (Chavigny, Bouthilier), and she nominated Brienne as her minister of foreign affairs; she also nominated Saint Vincent de Paul as her spiritual adviser, which helped her deal with religious policy and the Jansenism question.
Vincent was zealous in conducting retreats for clergy at a time when there was great laxity, abuse, and ignorance among them.
He was a pioneer in clerical training and was instrumental in establishing seminaries. A number of organizations specifically inspired by his work and teaching and which claim St.
Nevertheless, he continued his studies and was finally able to help pay for his education by tutoring others.
He was ordained on 23 September 1600 at the age of nineteen in Château-l'Évêque, near Périgueux.