God Speaks to Us Through Our Senses – Peace is Possible

God Speaks to Us Through Our Senses – Peace is Possible – Drink Up – A Cultivated Heart Vincentian Day of Prayer and Fast God Speaks to Us Through Our Senses Sometimes you hear a voice. No! You are not crazy. If we can see God in all things around us, then if we become […]

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March 25: Establishment of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

In 1809, the Sisters of Charity were founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD. Four of the Sisters started a mission in Cincinnati in 1829. By 1852, Mother Margaret Farrell George had founded the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Her story is told in the YouTube video below. It is very moving to […]

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Fran Boltz in service

Vincentians of Wherever: Fran Boltz has been Serving for Nearly Two Decades

Walk into Bailo Hall, up a flight of stairs, around the corner, and who will you see? Sitting behind a desk surrounded by pictures of students and numerous awards acknowledging her service will be Fran Boltz, current Learn and Serve director and future IMPACT director at Niagara University. Boltz, a member of the Niagara community […]

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Solidarity as a mindset

The Prophetic Dimension of the Vincentian Charism • Part 6 • Solidarity As A Mindset #famvin400

This is the sixth 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. Pope Francis has written, “The word ‘solidarity’ is a little worn and at times poorly understood, […]

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Common Prisoners • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“Our sister serving the galley slaves came to me in tears yesterday because she cannot get any more bread for her poor men, since she owes so much to the baker and bread is so expensive. She borrows and begs for them everywhere with great difficulty. To add to her sorrow, the Duchess d’Aiguillon wants […]

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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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it's about the budget

How the Proposed USA Budget Violates Catholic Principles

This post began as a “top 5 shockingly immoral aspects of President Trump’s budget proposal.” The problem is that virtually the entire budget is shockingly immoral and unjust. Instead, I want to highlight 5 touchstones of Catholic Social Teaching on justice. I will provide one example of its violation; however, for every single one, you […]

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