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

  • Education for Formators in Paraguay March 19, 2018
     A Session for Formators was held from January 7 – 30 in Asunción (Paraguay). Several Daughters of Charity from South America attended the meeting. Starting from their own experience and group exchange, it was a space where they are trained to be able to give updated answers in regard to the mission. A Place for […]
    Vincentian Family Office
  • Vincentian Virtues in Action: Bill’s Story March 18, 2018
    Discovering the Vincentian spirit, through short video stories.
  • Salvation by God’s Grace March 18, 2018
    Once a person went to a very wise and holy teacher asking, “what should I do to attain salvation?” To his surprise, the holy man asked him, “what do you do for the sun to rise!?” In other words, the holy man wanted to tell him that, as the rising of the sun does not […]
    Fr. Binoy Puthusery, C.M.
  • Questions and Answers about Lent and Lenten Practices March 18, 2018
    Only two weeks to go. Because you asked… Q. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent? When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46. A. It might be more accurate to say that there is the “forty day fast within Lent.” Historically, Lent has […]
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • Embracing the Discomfort March 17, 2018
    For so long, I had this unsettling feeling of urgency to seek the things I used to avoid for fear of feeling uncomfortable. On top of my responsibilities of a full-time student and employee, I had an extracurricular workload that kept me regularly occupied. And yet, I felt as if I was not doing enough. […]
    Lizbeth Espinoza
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