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

  • Truly Welcoming the Stranger March 23, 2017
    YOUTH MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT THE UNITED NATIONS Youth imbued with the Vincentian spirit have little time for empty rhetoric. Human need calls them to propel values into vibrant action. The Daughters of Charity at the UN find that admirable quality in intern Joanna Mendez, a final year student at St. John’s University.  In this week’s article, […]
    Joanna Mendez
  • Going From Here To There • A Weekly Reflection with Vincent March 22, 2017
    “O Dieu! What a reason the Company has for observing its Rules faithfully; to do what the Son of God came into the world to do! That there should be a Company, and that it should be the Company of the Mission, composed of poor men, and that it should be entirely dedicated to that […]
    Mitxel Olabuenaga, C.M.
  • A Vincentian View: Windows on St. Joseph March 22, 2017
    A Vincentian View: Windows on St. Joseph On many occasions, I have mused on the beautiful stained glass windows in our St. Thomas More Church on the Queens’ campus of St. John’s University.  Sometimes, I will go to the Church to pray, and my attention gets drawn to a particular scene.  I will then begin […]
    Pat Griffin, CM
  • Systemic Change: India Workshops March 22, 2017
    The Vincentian Family in India celebrated its 11th annual meeting of the major superiors of the Family on March 11 and 12 at the Niveditha Center for Faith and Fellowship in Kerala. The first day was dedicated to formation, and the topic was systemic change (SC); the second day was devoted to their ongoing business issues and planning. […]
    Jim Claffey
  • The Renewal of the .famvin Digital Network March 21, 2017
    The two-year plan for the renewal of the .famvin Digital Network is scheduled for completion at the end of June. Today, we announce one of the final steps in the process. For the last two years, we have been strengthening formation resources, and building an extensive presence on social media. To build that presence, we […]
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
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