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

  • A Decade of Walking for People in Need September 22, 2017
    Society of St. Vincent de Paul® hosts 10th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run People across the country will walk and run on the sidewalks, streets and trails on Saturday, Sept. 30 to raise awareness and funds for those living in poverty at the 10th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, sponsored by the National Council of the […]
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • Evangelizing the “Spiritual but not Religious” September 21, 2017
    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 we have to offer? Do we […]
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • Opinion: Do Black Lives Matter to Vincentians? #IamVincent #BlackLivesMatter September 21, 2017
    #BlackLivesMatter. Black Lives Matter. On Twitter, on streets, in the News. The very phrase makes temperatures rise. And it should. To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not mean no other lives matter. It means that black lives have never “mattered” and still don’t matter in the United States (and other countries), and they should. […]
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • United Nations Observes International Day of Peace September 21, 2017
    The United Nations in New York is bustling with world leaders, their entourages, and security teams as the 72nd UN General Assembly is underway. Fittingly, as vital issues are hashed out in conference rooms and assembly halls today, the world observes International Day of Peace. This year’s theme–“Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for […]
    Margaret O'Dwyer
  • A Vincentian View: 2417 September 20, 2017
    A Vincentian View: 2417 400 years. For the universe, or the pyramids, or the Judeo-Christian faith, it does not seem like such a long time, but for human life it really is. In this year, as we all know, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of our Vincentian charism. Last semester, here at St. John’s University, I […]
    Pat Griffin, CM
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