Vie Thorgren, known for her programs in forming spiritual directors in the Vincentian tradition is the inspiration behind Spirituality in the Marketplace which is committed to act as a bridge uniting diverse people for spiritual transformation and social justice.

In the same way that bridges are meeting places, the center is a meeting place for those who are poor and those who are not poor, to encounter each other and to work together toward common goals.

As bridges provide passage, the Center serves as a means for personal and societal transformation.

Spirituality in the Marketplace programs help people of all vocations discover a renewed meaning in their daily work and explore their commitment to societal needs.

The Center for Spirituality at Work offers a  Formation Program for Spiritual Directors with a special emphasis on being present to people who are economically poor, homeless or in otherwise marginalized circumstances. In faithfulness to God’s particular concern for the poor and abandoned, the Center is committed to providing spiritual direction and retreat opportunities for those who would otherwise not have access to these ministries.

All our efforts with women offenders are focused on empowering them to make better choices and to discover new ways to participate in the life of the community. Making Choices is the core component of our work with women offenders.  Making Choices teaches decision-making skills through both a classroom and a mentoring component. It is rooted in a solid understanding of women’s spirituality and psychology as well as the value of relationships for healing and change. Its’ intent is to reduce the recidivism rate and help former offenders to reclaim their lives.

Its programs have a proven track record, with 92% of those who complete the program returning successfully to the community and finding employment.


  • How many people are aware of the spiritual hungers of people who live in poverty, in prisons, etc.?
  • Can you think of examples of others in the VIncentian tradition who seek to walk with those living in poverty as they seek to find meaning?
  • Granted that not everyone has the gift or the opportunity for training in this specialized form of ministry is it possible to enter into a mutually enriching relationship with someone who is, for whatever reason living in poverty?

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