Systemic Change Lessons We Can Learn From Ozanam

Systemic Change Lessons We Can Learn From Ozanam

In his lifetime Frédéric Ozanam neither heard nor uttered the phrases “systemic change” or “systemic thinking.” Yet an incident in his ... read more

Be The Change You Want!

Be The Change You Want!

Real change starts with recognizing that we are part of the systems we seek to change. The fear and distrust we seek to remedy also ... read more

Vincent Never Dreamt of the Systemic Changes He Set in Motion….

Vincent Never Dreamt of the Systemic Changes He Set in Motion….

Vincent never dreamt of the systemic change he set in motion read more

Habits and Systemic Change: A Reflection

Habits and Systemic Change: A Reflection

A Latin proverb warns us “The power of habit is great.” We also know this from our spiritual formation. Wise spiritual directors ... read more

Am I Asking Challenging Questions?

Am I Asking Challenging Questions?

Why? and Why not? Two short questions. But they are challenging questions. Questions that lead to systemic change. It is said that ... read more

Personal Experience of Need for Systemic Change

Personal Experience of Need for Systemic Change

Frequent visitors of this site are deeply committed to helping those who suffer poverty and are committed to a systemic change approach read more

Eucharist and The Need for Change

Eucharist and The Need for Change

Eucharist challenges us to recognize and confront the structures of sin. It prepares us for a mission to transform the world. read more

Going Beyond Rigged Cycles

Going Beyond Rigged Cycles

VinFormation offers this 67 second video insight into the concept of systemic change as breaking the cycles of poverty. read more

“I Was in Prison….”

“I Was in Prison….”

A group of women aim to break the cycle of incarceration in families in the U.S., caring for those who were formerly imprisoned much as read more

Looking Through the Eyes of Another…Fresh Eyes

Looking Through the Eyes of Another…Fresh Eyes

The connection between empathy and our efforts at fostering and enabling systemic change. read more

Who’s Missing: A Systemic Change Reflection

Who’s Missing: A Systemic Change Reflection

A recent U.S.A. news headline: “Poor seem far down list on candidates’ agendas.” No real surprise there! In the last presidential ... read more

Charity from the perspective of Systemic Change: A Reflection from Fr. Gregory Gay, C. M.

Charity from the perspective of Systemic Change: A Reflection from Fr. Gregory Gay, C. M.

Father Gregory Gay, CM, former Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity, was recently ... read more

Prayer and Action: A Systemic Change Reflection

Prayer and Action: A Systemic Change Reflection

Prayer and Action go together for Vincentians. There cannot be one without the other. “I have been driven many times upon my knees by ... read more

Friendship as a Key to Systemic Change

Friendship as a Key to Systemic Change

Have you ever thought of friendship as a key to systemic change in our approach to poverty? If you lost everything, how long would it ... read more

The Good Samaritan and Systemic Change: A Call to Youth

The Good Samaritan and Systemic Change: A Call to Youth

I wonder how many homilies over the years have urged us to be like the Good Samaritan! Young people making a pilgrimage to Krakow this ... read more

Matthew 25: A Vincentian Life Process

Matthew 25: A Vincentian Life Process

“A process for Christian Life, a practical way to respond lovingly to the God who first loved us.” You may have heard the ... read more

Compassion and Systemic Change: A Vincentian Reflection

Compassion and Systemic Change: A Vincentian Reflection

“Whatever else our God does, the first outburst is always compassion” Those striking words were penned by a theologian in the 14th ... read more

Anyone Listening?

Anyone Listening?

A Vincentian Reflection on Listening and Systemic Change Someone actively engaged in ministry told me recently that he ran into a ... read more

A Heritage of Systemic Change

A Heritage of Systemic Change

We have a great heritage. Sharing that heritage can help the systemic change process and the process of collaboration within the ... read more

The “stress of poverty” and systemic change

The “stress of poverty” and systemic change

The culture of poverty, characterized by feelings of marginalism, dependence and exclusion, originates within the family, starting in ... read more

Uncomfortable with systemic change?

Uncomfortable with systemic change?

Uncomfortable with systemic change? It is no secret that many people are uncomfortable with systemic change.  It seems to be so hard to read more

Asking important questions

Asking important questions

In his weekly column to the members of the Vincent de Paul Society, CEO Dave Barringer has a habit of asking important questions. This ... read more

Ladies of Charity reflect on Vincentian Collaboration

Ladies of Charity reflect on Vincentian Collaboration

The latest edition of the Ladies of Charity USA Servicette is attached. It features a wonderful article on Vincentian collaboration. ... read more

Systemic change’s blindest blind spot

Systemic change’s blindest blind spot

(The development professional were certain that indoor water faucets would aid development but )….had development professionals ... read more

A Theology for Systemic Change?

A Theology for Systemic Change?

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." read more

“What is your Church doing now?” Frederic Ozanam’s response

“What is your Church doing now?” Frederic Ozanam’s response

“What is your Church doing now for those who are poor?” Frederic Ozanam and the Society of St. Vincent dePaul has been answering that ... read more

Why is a Systemic Change mentality important?

Why is a Systemic Change mentality important?

Why is a Systemic Change mentality important? This is a question asked by Fr. Robert Maloney, CM in a Presentation offered on VinFormation. read more

Why be the Voice of the Poor?

Why be the Voice of the Poor?

By identifying and bringing attention to those issues that are critical to those living in poverty and to the structures, societal and ... read more

Maya Angelou, “untold stories” and the Vincentian Family

Maya Angelou, “untold stories” and the Vincentian Family

“There is no greater burden than carrying an untold story.” Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. read more

Frederic Ozanam – Systemic Thinking and Change

The National Office of the SVDP draws attention to an excerpt of National Board of Director’s Stategic Goal Leader 4, Ray ... read more

Spirituality of Systemic Change (Video)

Spirituality of Systemic Change (Video)

VinFormation is happy to present the video version of the well-received presentation by Fr.”Memo” Campuzano, CM at the ... read more

Systemic Change Prayer Service

Systemic Change Prayer Service

One of the more powerful moments of the Vincentian Family Gathering was closing prayer service. Prayer – SUNDAY – ... read more

Spirituality of Systemic Change

Spirituality of Systemic Change

Fr. Guillermo "Memo" Campuzano, CM reflects on Spirituality and Systemic Change read more

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