Missionary Servants Return to Chicago

St. James Church in Chicago, Illinois recently welcomed Missionary Servants to take over their pastoral care ministry. Newly appointed pastor Father John Edmunds, S.T., shares his first impressions below: “St. James is a good place for the Missionary Servants. The people here have a sense of themselves as needing to be more than ‘Sunday Catholics’ […]

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Open reflections in the Year of Vincentian Collaboration (1)

1. A timely announcement It was a beautiful and inspiring idea from our Superior General, Fr. Gregory Gay CM, to convene a Year of Vincentian Collaboration. The fact that it coincides with important dates in the Church that are close to each other made the idea even more attractive. The Year of Vincentian Collaboration comes […]

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Vincentian Family in Ecuador: Connect and Learn

News from the Vincentian Family in Ecuador. Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters. “The future of humanity is in the hands of those who can give future generations reasons for life and hope” (II Vatican Council). The new Coordinating Team of the Vincentian Family in ECUADOR is coordinated by Ms. Monica Cobos […]

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Time for Prayer

I’m sure we’ve all had our difficulties finding time for prayer. We want to have quiet time with God, but we live lives filled with rushing around. Even when we do find the time, it’s common to feel unable to concentrate or relax. The next time you have 6 and a half minutes to spare, find […]

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The Madness of Mercy: Jacques Derrida on Forgiveness

The Madness of Mercy: Jacques Derrida on Forgiveness In this brief meditation (and, quite frankly, rather “thick” in the best sense of the term) we will focus on one key idea by one writer-philosopher – Jacques Derrida.  For those unfamiliar with Derrida (1930-2004), he was an Algerian-French philosopher (perhaps a too restrictive description given the breadth […]

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Be Vincentians of Wherever

Not connected to any particular group or branch anymore? Don’t think you have time to join now? Be a Vincentian from where you are. You may have been reading about the initiatives of the Vincentian Family at the United Nations here on You can do something from right where you are — wherever! Things […]

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VMY Gathering CA 32016

Vincentian Marian Youth Gathering

VINCENTIAN MARIAN YOUTH GATHERING, LOS ALTOS HILLS, CALIFORNIA Vincentian Marian Youth-West hosted a National Formation Weekend on March 18-19, 2016 at Seton Provincialate in Los Altos Hills, CA. VMY leaders came from California, Arizona, Alaska and Missouri to spend time becoming better acquainted with the history of the VMY/Children of Mary, particularly in the United […]

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SVdP introduces Bold Culture Transformation Initiative

One hundred eighty Vincentian leaders from across the country were introduced to the Society’s new Culture Transformation initiative at the annual National Midyear Meeting in the St. Louis. This could potentially be of great interest to other branches of the Vincentian Family as a model of institutional renewal. Noted Vincentian researcher Jaime Corera, CM, reflecting on Continuity […]

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The Vincentian Family and parish renewals in Brazil

Parish renewals in Brazil involve the Vincentian Family. “Popular Missions”- in language that dates back to the early days of the Congregation of the Mission – refers to what we would call today parish missions. Eli Chaves Dos Santos, CM, Assistant General, describes how the Vincentian Family in the 21st century has become involved in parish […]

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