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 conference calls to discuss social 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, and the Sisters of Charity Federation.


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

  • Civic Virtues, Civil Dialogue and Vincentian Goals July 15, 2018
    If civic dialogue about the needs of the poor and marginalized is going to move forward, Virtues can point the way.
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • Award for Sickinger’s “Antoine Frédéric Ozanam” July 14, 2018
    Catholic Press Association of USA and Canada says that Frédéric Ozanam could very well be the Shakespeare of the indigent.
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • Vincentian Lay Missioners on Fire with the Love of Jesus July 14, 2018
    Nearly 15 years ago, a wave of immigrants, mostly from Mexico, moved north from Texas through Oklahoma to Arkansas, where many of them settled. Fr. Tom Stelik, C.M., and the other priests serving at St. Anne Parish in North Little Rock, recognized that the new immigrant community was underserved and in need of assistance. The […]
    Elizabeth Astridge
  • SVdP USA National Assembly 2018 Youth Gathering July 14, 2018
    SVdP National Assembly 2018 Youth Gathering Friday, August 31 – Saturday, September 1    Please invite and encourage your Vincentian high school and college youth and young adult groups and group representatives to attend the SVdP National Vincentian Youth Gathering during this year’s National Assembly in San Diego. Activities will be youth-oriented and will include: […]
    Elizabeth Astridge
  • July 16, 1900: First Sisters of St. Martha Arrived in Antigonish July 13, 2018
    Learn a bit about the Sisters of St. Martha, then and now, in this brief article and video.
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