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

  • Living a Life That’s Conscious… and Compassionate May 24, 2018
    Living a conscious life is not enough. This smacks of an overly individualistic and psychologized approach to Christianity (and Vincentian spirituality) that ends in narcissism of popularized and minimized Buddhism.
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • A Canadian View: Migrant Workers in Canada May 24, 2018
    In Canada we use a fair number of migrant workers in the agricultural field. The federal government offers a  temporary seasonal worker program for this need. Many of these workers come from Mexico and other central America countries, as well as Jamaica. While in most cases the employer/farmer treats their workers well there have been […]
    Jim Paddon
  • People’s University Highlights Dignity of Persons Affected by Homelessness May 24, 2018
    Can you imagine just one day, When you can wake well rested, Make your coffee and breakfast, Get ready to enter the world in a visible way, Camouflaging yourself Fitting right in and Knowing for just one day There’s an equal chance You to(o) may win All your losses begin to fade Because one day […]
    Margaret O'Dwyer
  • Prayer for the Second International SSVP Vincentian Youth Meeting May 23, 2018
    This meeting will take place from June 15 to 21, 2018 in Salamanca (Spain) O merciful God, You inspired Frederic Ozanam and his companions to form a Youth Conference whose goal, in the charism of St. Vincent de Paul, was to see and serve Christ in the person of the Poor. We are grateful for […]
    Javier F. Chento
  • The Face of Forgiveness May 23, 2018
    The Face of Forgiveness (Psalm 4) In perhaps an awkward way of putting it, one of the psalms has us asking a favor from a face – the face of God. “Lord let your face shine upon us” and a little later, “Let the light of Your face shine upon us.” (Ps. 4). The phenomenon the […]
    Tom McKenna, CM
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