The latest edition of the Ladies of Charity USA Servicette is attached. It features a wonderful article on Vincentian collaboration.
LCUSA President Mary Ann Dantuono reflects on how Collaboration and systemic change are important.
The elements of collaboration are key to understanding what is being asked of us in this special year. First, in order to collaborate, we need to create or build relationships with collaborators. Second, our collaborators must value and share our missionof alleviating poverty, with a special concern for protecting human dignity and our “common home,” strengthening the family, and focusing on increased participation of the marginalized in society. Third, we need to dig deep into our Vincentianm Spirituality and build up our virtue of humility so that our service is not about “me.” It is about doing God’s will for the benefit of God’s “preferred” people. Our purpose must always be to answer the Vincentian question, “What must be done?” when we are confronted with poverty, illness and oppression.
The Vincentian Family in North America has been working on collaboration toward systemic change. The Ladies of Charity USA have been active participants in annual convenings of the leadership of the Vincentian Family and biennial meetings for the membership around topics of systemic change since 2010. It has enhanced our sense of family and purpose.
Episcopal Moderator David Zubik also writes of 10 tips to Greater Joy.
Excitement is also building as they prepare to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the AIC.