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Prophetic Dimension Vincentian Charism

The Prophetic Dimension of the Vincentian Charism • Part 1• Still So Much to Learn #famvin400

This is the first of a series of formation packages meant for individual or group study based upon “The Prophetic Dimension of the Vincentian Charism in light of the Social Doctrine of the Church” by Sr. María Pilar López. I have often heard the phrase “a prophet without honor in his own country.” After some […]

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Chilean Provincial Reports on Catastrophic Fires

“Nature is giving tough lesson to the Poor in Chile once again” Dear Friends: The various means of communication have reported to the world the devastating consequences of the forest fires that have ravaged various regions of Chile.  These fires reached heavily populated zones and have left thousands of people homeless.  The most recent government […]

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SVDP President Speaks About Welcoming the Stranger

In the Vincentian Year of Welcoming the Stranger, Sheila Gilbert, President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the US, calls for action especially on the BRIDGES Act  – “Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy.” Dear Vincentian: As Vincentians celebrating 400 years of Vincentian charism this year under the […]

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Welcoming the Stranger: Common Ground

Welcoming the stranger is not only a theme of this 400th anniversary of the Vincentian Family. It is a core value of virtually all faiths. The call to “welcome the stranger,” through protection and hospitality, and to honor the stranger or those of other faiths with respect and equality, is deeply rooted in all major […]

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A Model of Vincentian Leadership and Transition

As everyone knows the United States of America is in the midst of a major transition in leadership and a vision of leadership itself. I could not help but reflect on the major transition of leadership and the vision of leadership reflected in SVDP CEO Dave Barringer’s recent column “From Your Servant Leader.” Now that is in […]

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