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: