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2021 National Assembly: New Horizons of Hope and Service 2550 1700 SVDP USA

2021 National Assembly: New Horizons of Hope and Service

More than 600 Vincentians from across the country gathered together for the first time in two years for the 2021 National Assembly. Titled “New Horizons of Hope and Service,” the National Assembly combined Spirituality, Service, and Friendship and provided Vincentians with an opportunity to reconnect and recommit to their faith and mission. Here are some…

09-02-2021 A Letter from Our Servant Leaders 1367 1520 SVDP USA

09-02-2021 A Letter from Our Servant Leaders

Dear Vincentian Friends, It was a pleasure to gather in Houston last week with more than 600 Vincentians for the 2021 Assembly of the National Council of the  U.S., Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We listened to excellent presentations, participated in wonderful liturgies, socialized with friends old and new, and conducted the National Council’s…

Contemplation: Through the Glass 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation: Through the Glass

Our Rule calls us to “seek out the poor,” [Rule, Part I, 1.5] but why should we need to seek them out? Aren’t they looking for us? Vincentians know that it is difficult to ask for help. With gentleness, we often reassure our neighbors in need that we are glad they have called us, and…

Contemplation: Chopping the Wood 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation: Chopping the Wood

Trust in providence is central to our Vincentian vocation. This means more than simply trusting that “everything will be okay.” It means trusting that if we do His will, the outcome will also be His will, whether we understand it completely or not. In our Conferences, doing His will means we gather together in His…

08-19-2021 News Roundup 1200 1200 SVDP USA

08-19-2021 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: Calls grow for united effort to get homeless Australians vaccinated IRELAND: SVP can assist with back to school costs IRELAND:…

08-19-2021 Letter from Our Servant Leaders 1367 1520 SVDP USA

08-19-2021 Letter from Our Servant Leaders

Dear Vincentian Friends, Children are going back to school soon. Summer is quickly coming to an end. In past years, this time is when we would be looking at calendars and plotting out activities for the coming year for our Councils and Conferences. It may be hard to get interested in planning this year, since…

Contemplation: Neighbors in Deed 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation: Neighbors in Deed

Although we do not mean it to, giving material assistance to people puts them at a disadvantage; they “owe” us something they likely will never repay. The fear of indebtedness often makes asking for help more difficult. Even when we are in very dire straits, we don’t want to impose, we don’t want to be…

08-12-2021A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1368 1387 SVDP USA

08-12-2021A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

As Vincentians we often marvel at the founding of our beloved Society, and how a small group of college students took decisive action to put their faith to work in helping local neighbors in need.  It was truly a blessing from God to organize anything in the tumultuous period in Paris, especially doing so with…

When the World Shut Down, We Never Stopped Serving Neighbors in Need 1733 902 SVDP USA

When the World Shut Down, We Never Stopped Serving Neighbors in Need

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, it felt like the world shut down overnight. Churches, schools, and businesses closed their doors. No one knew when those doors would reopen — or if they would reopen at all. But for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and those we serve, shutdowns were never…

News Roundup 08-05-2021 1200 1200 SVDP USA

News Roundup 08-05-2021

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: The face of homelessness in Australia is changing AUSTRALIA: What can you do to end homelessness? AUSTRALIA: Local business owners…

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