The week of November 2-8 is Vocation Awareness Week in the USA. We are privileged to be able to celebrate this week with video interviews of two former Superiors General, Gregory Gay and Robert Maloney sharing their vocation stories.
Pope urges activists to struggle against ‘structural causes’ of poverty
by John Freund, CM | Oct 31, 2014 | Justice and Peace, Poverty: Analysis and Responses, Systemic change
Pope Francis urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the “structural causes” of poverty and inequality, with a “revolutionary” program drawn from the Gospels.
Is there really a vocation shortage?
by John Freund, CM | Oct 30, 2014 | Uncategorized
Is there really a vocation shortage? Yes… and No. In once sense there can be no vocation shortage. Everyone has a vocation. However, there is a real shortage of one particular type of vocation – vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life
Congregation of the Mission – Jan 25,1617
by John Freund, CM | Jan 20, 2013 | Congregation of the Mission, Vincentian Family
To celebrate the 396th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Mission VinFormation has posted a SlideShare presentation. The Congregation of the Mission celebrates January 25th as its “Foundation Day” but in reality the Congregation was not legally set...
Student “Plunges” Indian style
by John Freund, CM | Jan 16, 2013 | Formation, Sisters of Charity
Echoing Frederic's experience with Sr. Rosalie almost 200 years ago, in Life Transforming Village Exposure the second year novices of the Sisters of Charity in India describe in their own words their experiences ad learning from their two month "live-in" experience...
Vincentian Marian Youth – St. Louis Review
by John Freund, CM | Jan 13, 2013 | Vincentian Family
Rich insights into the past, present and future of Vincentian Marian Youth from the St. Louis Review "We were just wanting a youth ministry, something -- with the support of a priest and the laity -- just to help the kids in the area," said the member of St. Vincent...
Vincentian Faith – “head heart and Hands”
by John Freund, CM | Jan 11, 2013 | Congregation of the Mission, Vincentian Family
Mind, heart, and will—“head, heart and hands”—all play a part in the exercise of our faith according to Father Pat Griffin, CM speaking at the recent Assembly of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission. "There are many levels to our faith. I have...
Frederic Ozanam opens the door of faith
by John Freund, CM | Jan 10, 2013 | Vincentian Family
Vinformation presents the fourth in its monthly series on the Year of Faith In Vincentian Family Perspectives... Frederic Ozanam opens the door to faith "The problem which divides people today is not a political problem, it is a social one. It is a matter of knowing...
Using film to contemplate Religious Life
by John Freund, CM | Jan 5, 2013 | Uncategorized
Cinema, the Vows, Mission, Communion, Spirituality – using film to contemplate Religious Life As we approach Vocation Awareness week, January 13-19, Sr. Rose Pacatte, respected Catholic film critic writes, "Over the last year or so I prepared these lists for the...
Social Media 2013 – Context for Evangelization
by John Freund, CM | Jan 1, 2013 | Evangelization, Technology: Issues and Uses
We are called to make this a Year of Faith and Evangelization. As we move through the coming months we need to keep in mind the new market place (Acts 17:22-31) with all the challenges and opportunities of "right now, right here" . In each of recent years Erik Qualman...