To be a missionary is to leave one’s proper world and one’s secure place in the world in order to enter the world of the other; it is to leave one’s place in order to enter the place of the poor and to accompany the poor with the gospel.
Vincentians Then and Now – Dodging Rocks With Immigrants
by John Freund, CM | Apr 12, 2019 | Evangelization, Vincentian Family
The first Vincentian priests in the U.S. stood with immigrants dodging the rocks thrown by jeering Know Nothings who opposed them.
Mary’s Digital Home “Liked” By Almost 3 Million People
by John Freund, CM | Dec 8, 2018 | Evangelization, Formation, Reflections, Social Media, Spirituality and Spiritual Practice
Do you know the address of the Facebook page that has been “liked” by 2.9 million people?
Evangelizing the “Spiritual but not Religious”
by Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. | Sep 21, 2017 | Evangelization, Formation
Pew Research is at it again. About a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) now say they think of themselves as spiritual but not religious, up 8 percentage points in five years... What does this mean to communities and groups that have been sent to evangelize the poor? What do...
Evangelizing:“assumptions” about Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and social justice
by Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. | Aug 17, 2017 | Evangelization, Formation, Reflections
Catholics often struggle to explain doctrines to their friends (Catholic by birth and/or non-Catholic). We often think "everyone knows." We have assumptions. John Kane, in his Denver Post commentary "Holy day highlights Catholic “assumptions” about Virgin Mary, mother...
The de Gondi Style: A New Year’s Resolution for #AIC400 #famvin400
by Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. | Dec 11, 2016 | Evangelization, Formation
It may come as a surprise to some, but Madame de Gondi had to push Vincent a little. Calling Vincentians of Wherever! The Vincentian Family lives most of its life in a parish. And we need parishes equipped for the "new" evangelization. We need Vincentian "missionary...
What is the Best Social Media Strategy?
by Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. | Jun 7, 2016 | Evangelization, Social, Social Media
It's a question I often get asked. I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I read... a lot! Here's the opening of an article in the "Leader Essentials" section of the web site of the American Association of University Women. I've italicized the...
Planning a Campaign: Now on Social
by Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. | Apr 26, 2016 | Evangelization, Social, Social Media
Evangelization takes planning. Planning takes research. Research means reading a lot of current marketing articles. Often, when planning our evangelization initiatives we think of using social media. But we don't make a social media plan. What is this plan? A social...
Prayer Meeting With People: Vincentian Family Serves In Kiev
by Javier F. Chento | Apr 22, 2016 | Evangelization, News
"A poor soul cried, and the Lord has heard her” These words from the Bible bring hope. Every person is a poor soul before God. And if poor souls unite in a prayer, the Lord visits them, comes to them and is present among them. The Word of God inspires us, wakens hope...
Now on Social: Evangelize like a Pro!
by Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. | Mar 29, 2016 | Evangelization, Social, Social Media, Technology: Issues and Uses
To evangelize doesn't mean only reading from the Bible. Social media trends ought to concern the “professional evangelizer. To all of you who manage webs, Facebook pages, twitter accounts...whatever... this is for you! As of January 2015, 80% of Internet users own a...
Deep Christianity — Deep Charism
by Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. | Oct 10, 2015 | Evangelization, Formation
Though the lives and writings of our holy foundresses and founders are a profound source of wisdom, guidance, interpretation and praxis, to understand our charism -- that gift of the Spirit that Jesus shares with us -- it's good to remember that Jesus always asks his...
Daughters of Charity use Narnia Chronicles to evangelize
by John Freund, CM | Oct 1, 2015 | Daughters of Charity, Evangelization, News
Some might be surprised that the Daughters of Charity use Narnia Chronicles to evangelize teenagers. Yet that is exactly what they do in the Province of St. Vincent Spain and... they involve 3,500 children the game. Some highlights from the Daughters of Charity...