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Historic Meeting of Over 100 Branches of the Vincentian Family

by | Dec 27, 2019 | Formation, News | 2 comments

For the first time, the Superiors and Presidents of the more than 100 branches that make up the Vincentian Family will meet in Rome, Italy, from January 8 to 12, 2020. They will meet at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, where they will discuss and, above all, lay the foundations for a common path to follow together.

This event, of historical importance for the Vincentian Family, will explore

  • the mission of the Vincentian Family
  • communication in the Vincentian Family and the potential of the Internet and the challenge it represents for the future.
  • the impact of the Film Festival of the Vincentian Family 2018
  • the FamVin Alliance on behalf of the homeless, a major initiative of the Vincentian Family
  • the culture of vocations and the transmission of the charism across branches of the family

The Vincentian Family roots come from two intense lived experiences of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1617, in France: in the town of Folleville, the French priest discovered the spiritual poverty of the rural population and in the city of Châtillon, he encountered material poverty. Those two events marked the beginning of his personal conversion. His approach was to care for the person as a whole: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and materially.

Born from that small mustard seed in 1617, the Vincentian Family has today become a large tree, made up of more than 150 branches (lay associations and congregations of consecrated life) with about two million members in more than 150 countries. The family is also composed of men and women who, although they do not formally belong to a particular branch, are inspired by Vicente de Paul’s example of service on behalf of the poor.

At the beginning of the fifth century of their existence, the members of the Vincentian Family will look toward the future, aware of the urgent need for a closer synergy with all those realities that flow from the seed that was planted by St. Vincent de Paul.

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They even have created a dedicated Yapp app that will allow access to paper, presentations, and discussion.

Some interviews with the participants:

Interview with Mother Marilena Bertini, Superior General of the Sisters Ministers of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

Interview with Sr. Rosaria Nicoletti, Mother General of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary

Interview with Father Salvatore Russo, Superior General of the Missionary Servants of the Poor

Interview with Brother Marco Albani, General Superior of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mercy

Interview With Father Carmine Arice, General Superior of the Cottolenghina Family and the Little House of Divine Providence

Interview with Father Beresford Skelton, the Warden of Company of the Mission Priests

Interview with Sr. Beatrix Han, General Superior of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of Suwon

Interview with Sister Birgit Fulda, Superior General of the Sisters of Mercy

Interview with Sr. Janeth Hyera, Regional Superior of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Vincent de Paul of Mbinga (Tanzania)

Interview with Mother Alda Stroppiana, Superioress General of the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Mary Immaculate

Interview with Father Bertin Sanon, Superior General of the Religious of Saint Vincent de Paul

2 Comments

  1. Sr.Regina Hlavac

    Awesome. So glad to be a part of this great family….

  2. Sr. Marjory Ann Baez

    Thank you for all the details of each Family member!

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