The worldwide Vincentian Family
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 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.
- A Vincentian View: Blood Sisters and Brothers March 20, 2019As a Vincentian Family, we know the close ties that we have with those who are poor among us. A DNA test might reveal that it is not just a matter of the spirit but also of the blood.Pat Griffin, CM
- Are You Used to Thinking Systemically? March 20, 2019Would any of these skills help you serve people in need more effectively?John Freund, CM
- Waiting Patiently and Mercifully March 19, 2019Like his Father, Jesus is merciful. He does not wish us to die. Rather, he is waiting for us to repent and live, full of fruits of righteousness.Ross
- “Where Will You See Christ” Series Is Making Waves March 19, 2019The "Where Will You See Christ" series is making waves not only in blogs and social media. It is being picked up by a number of TV and radio outlets.John Freund, CM
- Do Not Let the Vincentian Flame Become Extinguished March 18, 2019In this mission we have to overcome many any adversities. We cannot let our Vincentian flame be extinguished as a result of some obstacle or setback.Renato Lima de Oliveira