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

  • What Does a Pope Do With a Lamborghini? November 18, 2017
    “Pope gets Lamborghini, auctions it to rebuild Christian Iraq” Upon seeing this headline (the full article is below), I was proud, once again, of our beloved Pope Francis for modeling a key value for us as Vincentians and as Catholics. He was walking the talk so to speak, auctioning his gift in order to support […]
    Matt & Elizabeth Astridge
  • Selfish or Individualistic • A Weekly Reflection with Louise November 17, 2017
    “My Most Honored Father, I cannot wait any longer to tell you of the state I was in during my little retreat. I believe God does not wish me to taste fully this sweetness for I have been distracted since yesterday by one of our sick who received Extreme Unction. She is a fine girl […]
    Benito Martínez, C.M.
  • Reflection: In the Arms of Providence November 17, 2017
    Fr. Rolando Gutiérrez, CM, Vice-Province of Costa Rica, wrote a series of monthly reflections in 2017 for our 400th anniversary. Now in Slideshare format.
  • Day of the Poor, as Saint Vincent de Paul Wanted: An Interview with Father Tomaž Mavrič November 17, 2017
    ROME , November 17, 2017 / 11:00 AM (ACI Stampa). On the occasion of the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis sent to all dioceses and religious orders a message entitled “Let us love, not with words but with deeds,” in which he writes: “The seriousness with which the “beloved disciple” hands down Jesus’ […]
    Javier F. Chento
  • Meeting of Young Priests of the Vice-Province of SS. Cyril and Methodius and Slovak November 17, 2017
    From October 24 to 26, the first joint meeting of young confreres Lazarists of two Provinces: Slovak and Vice-Provinces of SS. Cyril and Methodius took place. The meeting was held in the north of Slovakia in the picturesque village of Krushetnitsa. Visitors of both Provinces were also present: Fr. Jan Trzop and Fr. Jaroslav Jaššo. […]
    Javier F. Chento
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