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Shedding Light on the Relationship of Charity and Justice

I’m writing this on Candlemas, a feast of Light. St. Vincent once said, “There is no act of charity that is not accompanied by justice or that permits us to do more than we reasonably can.”[To François du Coudray, In Toul, 17 June 1640] What did he mean? Let’s shed a little light. Here is […]

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Say “NO” to Female Genital Mutilation

Ending Gender Discrimination and Violation of Rights In 2008, the Daughters of Charity, in partnership with concerned local individuals, began the delicate mission of education and protection against the traditional practice of female genital mutilation. The TFGM Camp in Tanzania protects young girls from the physically and mentally cruel act and offers an alternative “Christian […]

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St. John’s University and Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Immigration. The order temporarily suspends the issuance of visas and places a ban on entry into the United States by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Serious concerns have been raised by thousands in the academic community that the impact […]

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Non-violence and Vincentians #IamVincent

Certainly, all over the world we have heard of the use of strategies for social change centered in non-violence and non-violent resistance. During this time, The United States celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his non-violent struggles against racism, poverty and war. His struggle against war probably cost him his life. […]

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What’s the Best Way to Teach Social Entrepreneurship? @SJUMission @NiagaraUniv @AdamsonUni @MountStVincent @DepaulU

Social entrepreneurship is a strategy for systemic change. With some clear ideas on social entrepreneurship, Alastair Wilson writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, There are huge opportunities for universities to make immensely valuable contributions to the social impact sector. Universities are a powerful tool for grooming the next generation of social scientists, policymakers, business […]

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The Charity of Christ Urges Them: The Daughters of Charity, Caribbean Province, in Haiti

This past October, Category 5 hurricane Matthew struck our brother* country of Haiti, leaving behind death and devastation with incalculable economic loss. Groups of people and communities were cut off due to flooding of rivers and destruction of bridges caused by the meteorological phenomenon, and as well hundreds of churches, houses and schools were left […]

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Vincentians Confronting Racism

Racism rears its ugly head whenever Vincentians are silent. Vincentians of…. Wherever. In the United States — In England, India, Ireland, Australia — racism is still a problem. Allies of the poor must speak against racism and counter it in all its forms. In an oft cited quote St. Vincent said, Let us love God, […]

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