Vincentian Family - Philippines

From Vincentian Encyclopedia

Vincentian Family - Philippines

In the Philippines the following 14 groups make up the Vincentian Family:

In the News

Website of the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines

MANILA, August 28, 2009— The Vincentian Family composed of 14 groups spread all over the country will observe a Jubilee Year from Sept. 27, 2009 to Sept. 27, 2010 in honor of the 350th death anniversary of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac.

With the theme “Charity and Mission,” the year-long celebration will be highlighted by a series of events and activities in order to give homage to St. Vincent and St. Louise as witnesses to and examples of love and service of the poor.

”Since the Vincentian Family is present in many of the dioceses in the Philippines, the program of the Jubilee Year will reinforce the thrust of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines to build the Church of the Poor,” said Sr. Mary Ann Guevara, DC, head of the Vincentian Family executive committee.

St. Vincent de Paul is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church for all works of charity, while St. Louise de Marillac is the Patron Saint of all social workers and those involved in social works.

Apart from the liturgical celebrations that would be observed in various parts of the country, the Vincentian Family has also organized various activities aimed at deepening the Vincentian charism. Foremost among these are a Vincentian Youth Congress, a Jubilee Formation Series, mobile photo exhibits, commemorative song album, and the recitation of a special jubilee prayer in observance of the Jubilee Year.

Sr. Guevara said that all members of the Vincentian Family including those who studied in schools run by the Vincentian Fathers and Daughters of Charity are encouraged to join various contests planned for the Jubilee Year celebration. These contests include a national search for best practices of Vincentian Charity, a jubilee year theme-song writing, video essay and oratorical contests.

A special stage presentation, entitled “San Vicente: A Zarzuela,” is being arranged by the Adamson University and the Vincentian Center for Identity and Mission in coordination with the Vincentian Family Coordinating Council.

The Vincentian Family is made up of religious congregations and organizations that were either founded by St. Vincent de Paul and/or that follow the Vincentian spirituality and charism of service to the poor.

It also has a rich and long tradition of Charity and Mission that dates back to 1617 for the Ladies of Charity, 1625 for Congregation of the Mission and 1633 for the Daughters of Charity.

At present there are more than 250 congregations and associations who live out the Vincentian Charism in more than 90 countries spread in all the continents.

The Vincentian Family is made up of religious congregations and associations, that were either founded by St. Vincent de Paul and/or that follow the Vincentian Spirituality and Charism of service to the poor.

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