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

  • St. John’s Prep Junior Ladies of Charity Sponsor Tree Care  April 28, 2017
    St. John’s Prep Junior Ladies of Charity sponsored a two-day Tree Care Project.  Fifty-five St.John’s Prep students joined alumna Nancy Perez ’86 and the NYC Parks Department in caring for trees in their Astoria community.  After attending a talk and slide presentation by Ms. Perez, students planted trees, cleaned and mulched over 100 tree beds in […]
    Kathleen Prager
  • Vincentians of Wherever: Dr. Paul Vermette April 27, 2017
    Dr. Paul Vermette, a professor of education at Niagara University, received Leadership Niagara’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the organization’s annual awards luncheon, held today at the Conference Center Niagara Falls. A professional educator since 1971, Dr. Vermette has served as a teacher and supervisor of social studies in public and parochial schools in New York […]
    Aidan R. Rooney, C.M.
  • Mount Students Bring Spirit of Service to Ethiopia #IAmVincent April 27, 2017
    Riverdale, N.Y. –This summer, Owen Smith ’18 and Damarcus Williams ’18 will bring their passion for service to Ethiopia, fighting poverty by fostering lasting, systemic change. Mr. Smith said he was drawn to Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) because of its strong Vincentian values, that is, living simply with peace and dignity, but also with a […]
    Matt & Elizabeth Astridge
  • Vincentians are Called to Serve April 27, 2017
    We Wish All Members of The Vincentian Family a Holy and Blessed Easter Season Sunday, April 23, 2017, marked the 204th Birthday of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, it’s also the anniversary of the First meeting of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris in 1833. Sunday also coincided with the great feast of Divine […]
    Ed Keane
  • Six Virtues to Grow as a Vincentian • A Weekly Reflection with Vincent April 26, 2017
    “All Christians are bound to practice these virtues, Sisters, but Daughters of Charity are obliged to practice them in a special way. ‘But, Monsieur, you’ll say to me, don’t we have to practice all the other virtues?’ Yes, you do, but you have to practice these three especially; heaven and earth call you to this. […]
    Mitxel Olabuenaga, C.M.
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