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07-22-2021 Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1368 1387 SVDP USA

07-22-2021 Letter From Our Servant Leaders

Many Vincentians are downright tenacious in their desire to serve both God and our friends in need. While this is usually a virtue, we must be careful, too. I am asked daily about how we can keep our members safe. Two otherwise incongruous subjects are at the forefront of member conversations; I share them with…

Contemplation: Our Call to Servant Leadership 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation: Our Call to Servant Leadership

When we think of leaders, we are acculturated to envision military commanders, heads of state, celebrity CEOs, and the like; dynamic, charismatic, larger than life. Leaders, we are taught, are “large and in charge.” It is difficult, then, for most of us to believe that we can be that person; that we are called to…

07-15-2021 News Roundup 1200 1200 SVDP USA

07-15-2021 News Roundup

With 100,000 Vincentians across the United States and nearly 800,000 around the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Read some of their stories here: INTERNATIONAL: IRELAND: SVP says an Ireland without poverty can be a reality IRELAND: SVP To Assist People In Clare To Live Poverty…

07-15-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1368 1387 SVDP USA

07-15-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

There are some subjects that affect us all, even as Vincentians, and I wish we didn’t need to talk about them. This is one of them. Sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults is very real. We have read about it in relation to some of our most respected institutions; in fact, the greater the…

Contemplation: More Ancient and Therefore More Sacred 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation: More Ancient and Therefore More Sacred

Our Rule calls us to be a “voice for the voiceless,” helping the poor and disadvantaged to speak for themselves, but also, when necessary, speaking on their behalf. [Rule, Part I, 7.5] But where do we begin? To whom do we speak? And who are we to presume to speak for anybody? Blessed Frédéric once…

07-08-2021 News Roundup 1200 1200 SVDP USA

07-08-2021 News Roundup

With 100,000 Vincentians across the United States and nearly 800,000 around the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Read some of their stories here: INTERNATIONAL: AUSTRALIA: Marathon Health Dubbo staff take part in Vinnies CEO sleepout IRELAND: Laytown Races donate €1000 to St Vincent De Paul…

07-08-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 200 200 SVDP USA

07-08-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

Our Conference tried an experiment two weeks ago. There are several extended stay hotels in our service area. None would get many positive reviews on travel web sites. Last year, about 11% of our funds went to these emergency housing options. Our goal was to find a way to get more folks out of that…

Contemplation: To Have A Friend 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation: To Have A Friend

Sometimes, caught up in the bustle of our lives, we allow our Home Visits to become transactional: pay the bill, say a prayer, and move on. We love our neighbors no less for this habit! Indeed, it’s important to keep the lights on, to avoid the eviction, and to provide food! The situations are often…

07-01-2021 News Roundup 1200 1200 SVDP USA

07-01-2021 News Roundup

With 100,000 Vincentians across the United States and nearly 800,000 around the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Read some of their stories here: INTERNATIONAL: AUSTRALIA: Vinnies Community Sleepout to be held at Old Dubbo Goal in August AUSTRALIA: St Vincent de Paul community sleepout fundraiser…

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