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

  • Child Labor June 22, 2017
    Imagine a world free of child labor! The number of children worldwide caught up in child labor is astounding – 168 million. These numbers are not a reflection of the reality; those who work in the informal sectors like domestic work, agriculture or illegal mining are not counted.  They live in the shadows.  If there […]
    Teresa Kotturan, SCN
  • On Doves and Serpents • A Weekly Reflection with Vincent June 21, 2017
    “In actual practice this virtue is about choosing the right way to do things. We should make it a sacred principle, then, admitting of no exceptions, that since we are working for God we will always choose God-related ways for carrying out our work, and see and judge things from Christ’s point of view and […]
    Mitxel Olabuenaga, C.M.
  • Pope Francis Met Tomaž Mavrič, CM, Superior General June 21, 2017
    On Monday, June 19, Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, CM, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity, as well as President of the Executive Committee of the Vincentian Family, had a meeting with Pope Francis, in a private audience at the Vatican. Later, in an interview on Vatican Radio, he spoke […]
    Javier F. Chento
  • The Feast of the Holy Trinity: Come On In June 21, 2017
    “Come on In” (Ex 34, 2 Cor 13, John 3:16) The Feast of the Holy Trinity is an especially daunting one for the preacher. How even to touch on it, this Mystery of mysteries? A tentative step is by way of the imagination, and so I ask you to put yourself imaginatively into two different social […]
    Tom McKenna, CM
  • The Intersection of Urgent Need and Lasting Impact June 21, 2017
    “The intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.” What a simple way of expressing where members of the Vincentian Family try to live.
    John Freund, CM
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