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Kenya VLM: Blessed is the FRUIT of your Womb, Jesus

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the FRUIT of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. While in a small village in Kenya, Africa called Chepnyal with the Vincentian […]

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pardon your servant

Pardon Your Servant

“Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else,” (Exodus 4:13). Moses’s words at the burning bush have always resonated with me, in younger years before I appreciated the audacity of his request, I was struck by his humility and humanity. Moreover, I was inspired by how God used a person who clearly does not identify […]

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let-me-in

What if it Was Your Neighborhood?

Watch LET ME IN starring Alicia Keys. There are more refugees in the world today than at any point in history. And half of them are children. LET ME IN is a cinematic experience which reimagines the refugee crisis as if it was happening on America’s shores. Written and directed by Jonathan Olinger, this tale […]

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Vincentians of Wherever • Millennials Are Trying to Tell Something. Are We Listening?

“From the depths of my heart, I want to love church. I want to be head-over-heels for church like the unshakable Ned Flanders.” So say millennials. They are speaking to us. They could be Vincentians. I want to send global, sky-writing airplanes telling the life-change that happens beneath a steeple. I want to install a […]

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Open your eyes

Open Your Eyes • A Music Video

I’m going to show my age (60). Bursting on the music scene out of Queens, New York in the mid-seventies, The Ramones are probably punk rock’s best known band. Punk stripped down the rock music genre to its bare essentials, and a sub-group of this movement began to produce music with a distinct “societal critique” […]

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Corporate or Volunteer?

Going Corporate and Volunteering: Vincentians of Wherever

Going corporate and volunteering: they are not mutually exclusive! Corporate America gets a pretty bad rap. Images of stifling your personality and will to live in a cubicle prevail and are especially repulsive to the full-time volunteer. And while I won’t deny that full-time desk work is a challenge, it does not have to be […]

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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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alexis fuentes

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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young leaders

Where Are the Young Leaders?

The young leaders are here! Meet Remberth Alonso Falla Zuloeta, of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Perú. He’s been a local conference leader, a national formator, and now is a member of the team of the Vincentian Family Collaborative Action Program, promoting collaboration for systemic change. He also co-edits the Spanish language […]

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maartin Garfield and Martin Scorcese: "Silence"

Could Andrew Garfield Be the Next “Vincentian of Wherever”?

Andrew Garfield, a fine actor soon to be seen in Martin Scorcese’s “Silence,” is on a journey. I’m sure there are others. Vincentians can walk with them. It was also clear that his “vast inner landscape” is, like many of ours, full of wounds and vulnerability. He knows well the longing for love, and at […]

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