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Open reflections in the Year of Vincentian Collaboration (8)

8. …with feet firmly on the ground… from time to time… I am aware that the statements or hypotheses that I have advanced in the previous post may seem, perhaps rightly, too lofty, not viable in the short term. So, I will try to reduce my expectations to proposals that seem most feasible within a […]

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Vincentian Collaboration – An Outside Perspective

We share with you the Keynote Address of our Vincentian brother, John Darley, at the international Vincentian Family meeting in Rome, Italy (January 22 – 24, 2016). This presentation emphasizes the old N’gambai African proverb: “If you want to travel fast, you travel alone. If you want to travel far, you travel together.”  John shares […]

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St. John’s University Hosting Steubenville Conference

In collaboration with the local church, St. John’s University in Queens, NY will host a Steubenville Youth Conference next weekend, June 24-26. The purpose of these conferences are to strengthen and inspire teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ. Attendance by teens, youth ministers and parents can have many benefits according to […]

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Open reflections in the Year of Vincentian Collaboration (7)

7. Let us anticipate the future… It is not the time for sterile lamentations. There is distressing lack of vocations to the priesthood and to religious life in the Church today, at least in developed and traditionally Catholic countries.  It is conceivable that pulling the strings in this regard is the Spirit himself… Have we […]

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Open reflections in the Year of Vincentian Collaboration (6)

6. The pastoral relationship with the laity in the Vincentian family. It’s time for the laity to set their clocks to the correct time. The idea may seem new, but it is part of our Vincentian cultural heritage and also of the Church in general, at least since Vatican II. How far are we still, […]

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Open reflections in the Year of Vincentian Collaboration (4)

4. On retirement and “early retirement” of family members… The bourgeois society in which we are immersed sneaks through the cracks of our familiar habitat, whether of one kind or another, of one branch or another.  Creeping all too frequently into our life, and our approach to it, is the worldly ideal that it is […]

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Vincentian Family: Lebanon

Beginnings August 21, 2013 – Convened by Father Ziad HADDAD CM, Visitor of the Congregation of the Mission in the Middle East, the leaders of the various branches of the Vincentian Family in Lebanon had their first meeting as one Vincentian Family. The meeting took place at the Provincial House of the Congregation of the Mission […]

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Vincentian Family Leaders Reflections on Collaboration: Responses to Fr. Gregory Gay, C.M.’s Letter of January 2015

St. Vincent de Paul told us “We should assist the poor in every way and do it both by ourselves and by enlisting the help of others…. to do this is to preach the gospel by words and work” (CCD 12: Conf. #195). The Vincentian family was invited to focus 2015 as the “Year of […]

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