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

  • What if the 13 Houses Campaign Was Not Only About “13 Houses”? May 19, 2019
    An update on the first six months of the “13 Houses” Campaign, which stands as a metaphor for all those actions that aim to provide persons who are homeless with safety, community, warmth, hope, and a future.
    Famvin Homeless Alliance
  • Council General is Updating its Data on the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Presence Around the World May 18, 2019
    Preliminary comments How many countries are there in the world? It’s not easy to answer this question. First of all, what does the concept of “country” indicate? Considering this subject in more detail, the General Council noted that there were many differences in the officially-agreed upon figures. While the UN recognizes 193 countries in the […]
    Javier F. Chento
  • May 17, 1658: St. Vincent Gives Rules to the Congregation of the Mission May 17, 2019
    The Common Rules and the Constitutions of the Congregation of the Mission were printed in 1658 and Vincent distributed copies to the missionaries at an emotional ceremony on the 17th of May.
  • Keeping Things That Spark Joy May 17, 2019
    “Keep things that spark joy and get rid of the rest" is the mantra of people seeking to declutter their lives. What sparked joy in St. Vincent and St. Louise?
    John Freund, CM
  • Why Be a Daughter of Charity in the 21st Century? May 16, 2019
    Greetings. My name is Dolores. I have been asked to share with all of you in a few words why I am a Daughter of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. So I begin by explaining why I follow “this man who gave his life for you and for me.” Any option today, given the […]
    María Dolores Guerra Ferrera, DC
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