The worldwide Vincentian Family


January 2016 International Vincentian Family Gathering in Rome


The Sisters of Charity Federation of North America is part of the international Vincentian Family, a collaborative network of more than 2 million people worldwide. FamVin includes religious congregations, lay associations and young adult and youth volunteers who follow the rule and spirituality of Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac. The Vincentian Family particularly engages and serves persons living in poverty.

The Federation collaborates with the Vincentian Family at the international, North American and local levels in governance, spirituality, communications, social justice, board representation, training for systemic change, formation, leadership meetings, Vincentian Family Gatherings and multiple areas of service of marginalized persons. 

The Vincentian Family Collaborators of North America includes 12 Federation Sisters who coordinate planning for gatherings of Vincentian Family Leadership, Vincentian young adults, and bi-annual Vincentian Family Gatherings. The members collaborate regionally and locally on systemic change trainings, events, and collaboration in ministry.

2017 Vincentian Family Gathering

The Vincentian Family Social Justice Representatives of North America meet on monthly conference calls to review educational resources and create strategies to promote advocacy around issues of concern. Participants represent Ladies of Charity, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the USA and Canada, Congregation of the Mission, Vincentian young adults and lay missionaries, 10 congregations of the Federation in the USA and Canada, along with the Federation Offices at the United Nations and in the Bronx.


The Vincentian Family Young Adults catch the charism during their time at Vincentian / Setonian colleges and universities, year-long and summer volunteer programs, Vincentian Marian Youth, and service opportunities. At the 2015 Vincentian Family Gathering, the young adults began to organize themselves more formally under the leadership of Mike Van Dorpe at DePaul University Office of Mission and Values and an evolving Advisory Committee.


The Vincentian Family Leadership of North America meets annually and includes congregational leaders of the Congregation of the Mission, the Sisters of Charity Federation, and the Missionary Cenacle Family. Presidents/ CEOs represent the Society of St. Vincent dePaul of the US and Canada, Ladies of Charity USA, Depaul USA, and Vincentian young adults.


Leadership from the branches of the Vincentian Family around the world meet every two years. National and regional Vincentian Family leadership coordinate communication among the branches, sharing of spirituality and systemic change resources, shared ministries, and advocacy and social justice initiatives.

RSS FamVin News

  • Collaboration: From Advantageous Strategy to a Strategic “Must” July 20, 2017
    In a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, collaboration was on the agenda again. This time, for a new and important reason. After having conversations with diverse non-profits, the leading foundation consultancy found something out. The conversations yielded some interesting insights—most notably that nonprofits, large and small, are facing increased pressure to […]
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • Vincentians of Wherever • Shiny Distractions July 20, 2017
    Last summer and fall, we were fortunate to get several visits from my wife’s brother and his girlfriend. They would come through town often en route to various destinations around the country where they could visit national parks, climb, fly fish, and enjoy the outdoors. All of us enjoy their company, but the girls probably […]
    Joel Cassady, CVV ’11
  • Focusing on SDG 3 in Chiapas, Mexico July 20, 2017
    By Sr. Margaret O’Dwyer, DC, along with the Daughters of Charity and Medical Coordinator of San Carlos Hospital, Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico The UN thrives on good examples of how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being achieved in various parts of the world.  The recent High Level Political Forum (HLPF) offered an opportunity to portray […]
    Margaret O'Dwyer
  • Mark McGreevy Speech to EU announcing Famvin Homeless Alliance July 19, 2017
    On June 28, 2017, Mark McGreevy of the Famvin Homeless Alliance, addressed a gathering at the European Parliament to honor the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian Family. Here in its entirety is Mark’s address, courtesy of the Congregation of the Mission. So many inspirational speeches… I’ll give it a try. President Tajani, members of the […]
    Famvin Homeless Alliance
  • Vincent’s Praying-Acting Cycle July 19, 2017
    Vincent’s Praying-Acting Cycle Years ago I heard Fr. Robert Maloney say something about St. Vincent de Paul I never forgot. “Hardly have I ever read somebody who could come down on one side of an issue and then 50 pages later say something the exact opposite.” And isn’t it true. Vincent’s counsels to simplicity, and […]
    Tom McKenna, CM
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