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What are Catholics Doing to Welcome the Stranger?

The theme of the 400th Anniversary year of our Vincentian Family, Welcoming the Stranger, is becoming a more urgent focus of our Catholic Faith, especially in the United States where immigration reform is occurring. So, what are other Catholics doing? In his National Catholic Reporter Article, “Parish Roundup,” Peter Feuerherd offers some links to articles […]

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A First-Hand Account of the Diversity of Religious Life

The former chapel in the convent building at Our Lady of the Presentation Church years ago was subdivided into two small rooms, an informal entry/waiting area and an office. Nothing extraordinary about it…except God’s work still happens in that space. Whereas the sounds of Mass or the silence of prayer once dominated, the musical notes […]

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God in Spiritual Life

Every day when we wake up we usually think about many things – – working, learning, money, etc. – – and sometimes we forget God’s presence. We put together a plan for the day and are always busy with our lives. However, there is one important thing: we need to remember that God is present […]

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AIC International Assembly in Châtillon #AIC400

The AIC International Assembly, celebrating their 400th Anniversary, began on Sunday, March 12 in Châtillon, France. Updates and photos have been shared all week on the Ladies of Charity USA and AIC International Facebook pages (click photos to see captions): Below is the Commitment prayer used for the Reconsecration at Church of St. André with Cardinal Philippe […]

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Pope Commends AIC on 400th Anniversary #AIC400

Pope: ‘a culture of mercy renews hearts and opens up to a new reality’  (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement and thanks to members of the International Association of Charities (AIC) as it celebrates the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the first Confraternity of Charity by Saint Vincent de Paul […]

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400th Anniversary Celebrations Live Online! #AIC400

Follow the 400th anniversary celebrations live online! Wednesday, March 15th on http://www.radio-esperance.fr/ 3:30-4:00 am EST: Interview with the Daughters of Charity of Châtillon 4:00-5:30 am EST: Solemn Mass – Châtillon Church (renewal of the AIC volunteers’ commitment) 5:30-6:00 am EST: Interview with members of AIC International & AIC France The Wednesday, March 8th video recording of Mass at the Cathedral of Notre […]

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400th Anniversary Celebrations in Ireland #famvin400

Vincentian Family Celebration for 400th Anniversary of the Birth of the Vincentian Charism Ireland It is a moment of, ‘special grace’ that Providence is offering us in the upcoming 400th Anniversary (1617-2017) of our common Vincentian Spirituality and Charism…. I encourage all of us to keep reflecting, planning, and acting together as how best to […]

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Elizabeth Seton’s New York Audio Files

Take a New York walk in the footsteps of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton. The saint (voice of Sr. Constance Brennan, SC) will be your guide to places in her native city where she lived, worshipped, or visited from 1774 to 1808. A narrator (voice of Sr. Anne Denise Brennan, SC) shares more information about each […]

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School Improvement in India

Our North and South Indian Provinces are taking to heart St. Vincent’s concept of the “poor being our masters,” in a new project involving almost all of their schools. Between them, the two provinces have started and operate 32 schools with almost 24,000 students (K through secondary school age) in numerous states in India. The schools mostly […]

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“Vinnie’s Pennies” 

Not sure what to do for the “almsgiving” part of “prayer, fasting, and almsgiving” this lent? Check out what the Sacramento Diocesan Council of St. Vincent de Paul is doing this year: The 40 days of Lent invite our annual spiritual journey of following along with Jesus through Scripture on his salvific ministry of preaching […]

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