What Does Renewal Mean to Me in 2011?

Here is the take of  Bea Garza, South Central SVDP Region Formation Committee... "... as in the past, we seek transformation to a better way of practicing and delivering our services. One approach, to be introduced in 2011, is the systemic change approach. We're all...

There ought to be a law against that!

If you have ever thought that it might be helpful to realize the advocacy is the legal and peaceful means we have to say There ought to be a law against that! The Voice of the Poor website of the Ontario Regional Council of the SVDP offers some perspectives and,...

Vincentians take the pledge … to “Close the Gap”

Paul Marriott, Chair of Vincentians in Partnership, joined church leaders of all denominations gathered in Westminster and made a public pledge that  As Christians in leadership positions within our respective denominations and organisations, we consider it is our...

Pioneer in religious education for needy people

Blessed  (February 3, 2008) Giuseppina Nicoli DC encountered  difficulties caused largely by distrustful administrators of an orphanage. She continued her work, in time gaining recognition for her dedication, courage and good will. In Sassari she continued her work in...

‘We are Egyptians, not Muslims.’

As massive demonstrations moved into their second week in Cairo  the Vatican’s top ambassador Archbishop Fitzgerald said the demonstrations have been remarkably free from religious overtones and that there are many signs of Christians and Muslims working...

SSVDP France reorganizes, names new President

Following the unification of the two main Associations that make up our organisation in France, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in France elected Bruno Dardelet as President of the new entity. The French Interior Minister approved the amalgamation of the French...

"The Passage" at 30 – Seeds of Hope maturing

The Passage, the centre for the homeless so well described in "Seeds of Hope" as an example of Vincentian systemic change,  held an exhibition of photographs on January 18 to capture the life of the centre over the last 30 years as part of its anniversary...

“The Passage” at 30 – Seeds of Hope maturing

The Passage, the centre for the homeless so well described in "Seeds of Hope" as an example of Vincentian systemic change,  held an exhibition of photographs on January 18 to capture the life of the centre over the last 30 years as part of its anniversary...

Who lobbys for "the least among us?"

Has Poverty Disappeared From the National Dialogue at a time when48 million Americans now live in poverty. Reflecting on the what was not said in the recent State of the Union message a writer asks "Is it a window into a national culture that has become callous and...

Who lobbys for “the least among us?”

Has Poverty Disappeared From the National Dialogue at a time when48 million Americans now live in poverty. Reflecting on the what was not said in the recent State of the Union message a writer asks "Is it a window into a national culture that has become callous and...

Focus on Collaboration – DC International

The International website of the Daughters of Charity has begun a monthly series focusing on the Vincentian Family and collaboration especially in systemic change. This article features a beautiful YouTube video on Madame de Gondi as a collaborator with Vincent and...

Letter to the Vincentian Family – Mandat-Grancey Foundation

The following letter is from Erin von Uffel and Lorraine Fusaro of the Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey Foundation (www.sistermarie.com) in Cold Spring Harbor, NY on the occasion of  the opening of the Cause of the Beatification and Canonization of Sr. Marie de...

Be the "saint" in St. John's University

An innovative Campus Ministry Lenten  initiative, "Be a Saint", invites students to grow and learn about the University's Catholic and Vincentian identity and how it can help transform their life and the life of the St. John's community. In short, pray, learn and...

Be the “saint” in St. John’s University

An innovative Campus Ministry Lenten  initiative, "Be a Saint", invites students to grow and learn about the University's Catholic and Vincentian identity and how it can help transform their life and the life of the St. John's community. In short, pray, learn and...

Catholic Mom reflects on Pope's media message

Catholic Mom offers her personal reflections on the Pope's recent message Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age. But she takes it further by offering her site as a clearing house for links referring to it. She is apparently on to something...

Catholic Mom reflects on Pope’s media message

Catholic Mom offers her personal reflections on the Pope's recent message Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age. But she takes it further by offering her site as a clearing house for links referring to it. She is apparently on to something...

Impact of systemic change workshop spreads

Micro-Economics & Pay-Day-Loans & Working Together - I had never heard of pay-day-loans until I attended the wonderful workshop facilitated by Patricia Hogrebe at the Vincentian Family Systemic Change Meeting in Bellville, IL this past November. Patricia who...

Daughters of Charity – faithful unto death

February 1 marks the anniversary of the Martyrs of Angers, Daughters of Charity ODILE BAUMGARTEN & MARIE-ANNE VAILLOT. For more information visit Vincentian Encyclopedia Article Martyrs of Angers as described in a homily  by Fr. Richard Mc Cullen, C.M. February...

Ted Williams story – dePaul House commentary

Charles Levesque, executive director of Depaul USA, a homeless-services charity reflects on the feel-good story of Ted Wiliams, the homeless man with the golden voice. "Williams' saga is not just a story of an individual given a chance to triumph over adversity. It's...

A pair of UK Vincentian Family sites

Two Vincentian Family websites have  recently received attractive  makeovers. Vincentians in Partnership is an umbrella organisation set up to foster networking and collaboration among those organisations in Great Britain which are influenced by the spirit of St...

Have the UN Millennium Development Goals been met?

The Brookings Institution report "Poverty in Numbers: The Changing State of Global Poverty from 2005 to 2015," updated the World Bank's official $1.25-a-day figures to reveal how the global poverty landscape has changed with the emergence of developing countries. They...

Ten steps toward systemic change

Sr. CJ Wille, SC has drafted a list of some 10 steps towards systemic change. Which steps would cause you the most difficulties? Which steps are most needed in your ministry? What can you do about this? Vision Have a holistic vision that addresses both individual and...

De Marillac Academy breaking generational poverty

De Marillac Academy, with grades four through eight, is noting its 10th anniversary this year, but there may be even more cause for celebration next year when the first class of its graduates earn college degrees. That will be a considerable achievement for young...

Church historian's perspective on Vincentian Education

“Integrating the Love of God and Neighbor”: The Vincentians and American Higher Education A Catholic Church Historian muses,  "Today the two largest Catholic universities in the United States are St. John’s, founded in Brooklyn in 1870, and DePaul, founded in Chicago...

Church historian’s perspective on Vincentian Education

“Integrating the Love of God and Neighbor”: The Vincentians and American Higher Education A Catholic Church Historian muses,  "Today the two largest Catholic universities in the United States are St. John’s, founded in Brooklyn in 1870, and DePaul, founded in Chicago...

Vinnies remain after the floods

When the water goes down Vinnies will still be there. The Vincent dePaul Society in Australia makes an urgent appeal for monetary donations as the most effective way to aid the victims of the massive floods in Australia. Dominic Lagana, State President of St Vincent...

Papal message for 45th World Communications Day

In his annual reflection on communications Benedict writes, "The new technologies are not only changing the way we communicate, but communication itself, so much so that it could be said that we are living through a period of vast cultural transformation. This means...

The day Vincent discovered his direction in life

January 25th marks the 394th anniversary of the day Vincent discovered his vocation and direction in life. The Congregation of the Mission celebrates this as its "Foundation Day" but in reality the Congregation was not legally set up until 7 year laters on April 17,...

Do-gooder or servant?

The featured video, currently also at the right side of this page, tells the story of someone who wants to volunteer as an aid worker. This is a wonderful description of some common misconceptions and unconscious motivations about coming to the aid of those who are...

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