Hearing the call at DePaul

People are hearing the call at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, which was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. The following story appeared in the Pittsburgh Catholic. Teaching assistant Maria Supe works with Audrey Craig at the DePaul School for...

Grow your own program with those in poverty

West Virginia Conference allows people in need to Grow your own The saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The St. Louise de Marillac Conference, also known as the Conference of Southern West...

The stress of poverty and our role as advocates

In "Behavioral Science and the Stress of Poverty: Dan Torrington, SVDP Western Region Voice of the Poor Leader writes  "Once we as Vincentians begin to really appreciate the mental and emotional stress of scarcity, as well as the physical toll poverty exacts, we know...

What It’s Like To Be Homeless and Lose Everything

A great vinFormation resource teaches what it’s like to be homeless and lose everything. Hobson's choice* is the literary way of saying one has no choice at all. The only option you have is the one that is being offered to you. We have all found ourselves in such...

Putting faith in action in downtown Leavenworth

Putting Faith into Action in downtown Leavenworth - The Sisters of Charity Federation website offers the following story of the Welcome Center of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. After taking a needs-based assessment of the city, the Sisters of Charity of...

LCUSA – Servicette December 2015

The December 2015 issue of the Servicette is now online with the following stories... Mary Ann Dantuono offers her personal witness from the Multi-Religious Gathering at the UN with Pope Francis on September 25, 2015. Connie O'Brien reports on her pilgrimage to...

Mercy: The best of who we are

Mercy: The best of who we are - by Tracy Kemme What an opportunity Pope Francis has given us in the Year of Mercy! It feels like something beautiful is dawning. It is a chance to rediscover and put forth the best of who we are. A few weeks ago, I went to an Advent...

SVDP Australia seeks homelessness as key election issue

The St Vincent de Paul Society is working to make homelessness and affordable housing a key issue of this year’s federal election in Australia according to a post in the Catholic Leader of Australia. The society’s national chief executive officer Dr John Falzon called...

The Company of Charity Embraces the Community of Earth

In "The Company of Charity Embraces the Community of Earth" Fr. Terrence J. Moran reflects on how the Vincentian family can respond with efficacious compassion to the news of the perilous decline of our home planet and its life systems. How might the traditional five...

Take courage

In Take courage Sr. Janet Gildea, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, shares her ongoing journey through chemotherapy. I received my fifth chemo yesterday, sleeping through most of the six hour infusion while listening to “All Things Bright and Beautiful” as...

Path for Vincentian Family to aid flood victims

The Society of Vincent de Paul seems a natural path for members of the Vincentian Family who wish to aid flood victims. Please take time to read this communication from Gary Stevens about the needs and how the Society is already on the ground assisting. Society of St....

God’s Beloved Child

Remember how God whispered to us on the day of our Baptism: you are my beloved child, I am pleased with you.

Participants as greatest resource for CIF formation program

Sr. Valentyna Riabushko, Congregation of the Charity Sisters of St. Vincent, Greek Catholic rite, describes the participants as greatest resource for CIF formation program.The significant aspect about this year's program was that for the first time ever it was open to...

Is the Pope Catholic?

Is the Pope Catholic? Have you watched Pope Francis’ first video message for the traditional papal prayer intention for the month, in which he calls on people of different faiths around the world to work together for peace and justice? Susan Stabile, an occasional...

When alternative rite of passage saves girls

The Tanzania News reports on the role of the Daughters of Charity with girls undergoing an alternative rite of passage instead of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in which they receive a new name. They are now called waiseke wa kisasa in Kiswahili and Kikurya which...

60 Seconds with Sister Carmeli Proano

Sister Carmeli Proano, D.C., gives us 60 seconds about the value of community life as a Daughter of Charity. https://youtu.be/z5TOZ_r6Jio http://daughters-of-charity.com/year-of-consecrated-life As followers to the call of consecrated life, Daughters of Charity are...

Sisters with a mission to help ‘poorest of the poor’

A congregation of sisters with a mission -- part of the Vincentian Family -- are still reaching the poorest of the poor. Sent to Malta to care for orphans 150 years ago, the Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne Antide have since been updating their services to cater for...

God of the journey

Sr. Tracy Kemme, SC offers another one of her reflections, God of the Journey, in her series for the blog The Future of Charity Yesterday, I witnessed two college friends enter into the covenant of marriage. The beautiful Mass took place in the Chapel of the...

January 7: Feast of Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira

In her vocational journey as a Daughter of Charity, Blesssed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira was sent to Salvador in Bahia, Brazil to a shelter for the elderly called “Dom Pedro II”. Like Marguerite Naseau, the good country girl at the time of Saint Vincent (the “first...

Vincentian Collaboration with Business at Christmas

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Canada has a nice collaboration with business going. Lynn L'Heuereux, through our "Send in News" link writes, "The owner and staff of Craft Beer Market donated $10,00.00 to Christmas Hampers to three cities in Canada.  Calgary...

Fr. Patrick Griffin – Be Happy

"Be Happy" is the theme of this week's reflection by Father Patrick Griffin in his series Considering Consecrated Life Although we have moved on culturally, liturgically we remain in the Christmas Season. In these next days, rarely will you or I wish someone a “Merry...

Poverty Awareness Month in the Year of Mercy

This month, Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy commencing on December 8, and in a few short days, January marks Poverty Awareness Month as sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). As Vincentians, focused on ways to minimize and...

A Stranger and you welcomed me – National Migration Week 2016

A Stranger and You Welcomed Me - National Migration Week, January 3-9, 2016                                                            In the Gospel of Matthew (25:35) Jesus tells his disciples, "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,...

New Year’s resolutions from Pope Francis

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2016? If not, there's still time, and Pope Francis has some ideas for you. These are the ten things that he called upon Vatican employees to do: 1. “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this...

Vincentian Family at the U.N.: Forced Labor

When Vincentians think of forced labor, the image may come to mind of our Co-Founder relieving a debilitated galley slave in the 1947 movie, “Monsieur Vincent.” Centuries later, the plight of forced laborers calls us not only to come to their aid, but also to end...

Reflections on the AIC Charter

Reflections on the AIC Charter In preparation for the 400th anniversary of the International Association of Charities (AIC), a new AIC document, the AIC Charter, has been drafted. This document will replace the Basic Document, published in 1981 and updated in 2001....

Vincentian question to end 2015

Mercy was a motivating factor behind each of the charitable works of St. Vincent and the early Congregation of the Mission, Daughters and Ladies of Charity. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy Frederic's E-Gazette raises an excellent End-of-Year question, which is...

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