Once again international leaders of the Vincentian Family gathered in Paris to exchange information about what is happening in the Vincentian Family and explore ways to strengthen ties and collaborate. The meeting took place the week of January 13 in the Mother of the Daughters of Charity in Paris and focused on “The Vincentian Contributions to the New Evangelization”.
These meeting date back as far as 1995 and have broadened the horizons of many over the years
Visit the following link for one of the formation papers presented at the meeting.
From the conclusion of that paper…
To evangelize from the perspective of a commitment toward the poor and with a vision that charitable service is one of the most genuine characteristics of Vincentian evangelization … this is indeed our best contribution to the new evangelization. From this Vincentian perspective the option for the poor becomes the fundamental focus of the new evangelization.
From the perspective of the poor we, as Vincentians, have to evaluate our vital evangelizing commitment. Therefore, it is good to conclude this presentation in the same way that we began it, with a series of questions:
- Do the poor really determine our services and our ministries?
- Do the poor guide our attitudes and our criteria?
- Do we have adequate structures in order to serve the poor?
- Do we value Christ’s love and do we approach the poor from this same perspective of love?
The response that we give to these questions will determine our contribution to the new evangelization.