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Practical Help at Niagara University

Want to Help the Poor? Do Something Practical! @SVDPWNY

Do something practical. That’s what Vincent would say. Every year in the USA, people struggle to manage the scarce resources they have, while still being good citizens. Saying #IamVincent means helping people do the good things they want and need to do. It’s a practical enterprise. At Niagara University, they’re at it again! Concrete. Well-described…. […]

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Good Works Team

The “Good Works Team” @SJUmission #IamVincent

On Tuesday, February 7, St. John’s redshirt senior Sandra Udobi was named to the 2017 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team®. The team honors college basketball student-athletes who have shown dedication to bettering the lives of others through giving back to their communities. Udobi, a native of Delta State, Nigeria, is one […]

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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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ozanam scholar and the arts

Ozanam Scholar Blends Passion for the Arts with Commitment to Social Justice

Jeremy Ashton ’17C ‘18G came to St. John’s University from Orlando, FL in the fall of 2013 because he was offered a scholarship through the selective Ozanam Scholars Program. “The tuition funding brought me here,” he said, “But the work kept me here.” Though he was initially interested in acting, Ashton realized once at SJU […]

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“I Protest Because Walls Only Serve to Separate and Divide Us” Activists Saying #IamVincent

See. Judge. Act. We often think of this as analysis for project planning. But activism stems from this as well. A new generation of Vincentians in the United States have heard the call of the Gospel: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me!” In response to the recent Presidential Executive Order restricting immigration and […]

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1.5-minute Podcast #IamVincent = imitate Vincent?

To imitate the saints. A laudable goal? Listen, download for later, or read on… Fr. John Guy Winfrey wrote, Oscar Wilde once said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” It is certainly a common place response. I recall with some embarrassment imitating a priest who was once my […]

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I Love People Like Alexis Fuentes #IamVincent

In January of last year, I met with a young woman in a cafe in northern New Jersey. She is Alexis Fuentes, a former Missionary Cenacle Volunteer, and I spoke with her about her connection to the Vincentian Family and a bit of her life as she was living it. She’s a mother of four, […]

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Sisters of Charity Federation – Welcoming the Stranger Among Us

Each month, the Sisters of Charity Federation will be posting images from Charity Federation archives that demonstrate how these congregations “Welcome the Stranger Among Us,” the theme of the 400th anniversary of Vincentian charism. This first month, the photograph comes from the Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and illustrates the work of […]

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