This meeting will take place from June 15 to 21, 2018 in Salamanca (Spain)
O merciful God, You inspired Frederic Ozanam and his companions to form a Youth Conference whose goal, in the charism of St. Vincent de Paul, was to see and serve Christ in the person of the Poor.
We are grateful for your call to follow their footsteps. Renew Your Spirit within us and of all the young people of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
We want to deepen the spirituality that animated Ozanam and his companions. Help us to be leaders among the youth of today, to know how to fire and encourage the participation of youth in the SSVP, with a double objective, that of personal improvement and the improvement of the most marginalized in society. Give us creativity so that our love can be “inventive to infinity.”
Teach us to find systemic ways to alleviate poverty, and to feel hopeful as Vincentians when we visit the Poors personally in their homes, walk with them and call them by their name.
Bless this Second International Meeting of the SSVP Vincentian Youth, so that it may be a great opportunity for the Vincentian youth, and where the meetings to pray, discuss and make decisions are always according to Your will.
Pour out your Spirit of wisdom on us, young people, so that we can always seek the Truth, as well as practice charity and the defense of social justice; in this way, our work among the young and with the Poor will give “fruits that will last.”
We acknowledge you, Lord, as the donor of all goods. With gratitude and joy for our Vincentian vocation, we renew our promise as members of the SSVP, with the commitment to invite other young people, in all countries around the world, to serve together in hope.
Give us, O Lord, strength and courage to live this mission.
May the Immaculate Virgin, our patron, intercede, in a merciful way, for us young people of the SSVP. All this We ask you, merciful God, in the name of Jesus Christ through the intercession of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.