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06-17-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 410 382 SVDP USA

06-17-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

Even fairly good students can end up after school in detention. If my middle school had a three-strikes program, I may not have survived eighth grade. To wit: I was sitting in the lunchroom with my buddies. One of them, I noticed, was walking behind us and flicking our ears. When I thought he reached…

06-16-21 News Roundup 150 150 SVDP USA

06-16-21 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: City Mission and Vinnies continue fight to feed food insecure Tasmanians Australia: Marathon Health’s Megan Callinan, Justine…

National Council Building Dedication Renews Faith and Friendship 633 277 SVDP USA

National Council Building Dedication Renews Faith and Friendship

The sun burned bright in St. Louis on June 11, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees. But it paled in comparison to the outpouring of faith and friendship that flowed out of the National Council office during the dedication of our new headquarters at 66 Progress Parkway. Though staff began working from the building shortly after…

Our Faith in Action…Even During the Pandemic 1080 1080 SVDP USA

Our Faith in Action…Even During the Pandemic

Almost overnight, the world changed forever in March 2020. But while many organizations closed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 100,000 volunteers knew that full closures weren’t an option. We would have to adapt our service models — and do it quickly — to safely…

Contemplation: Man’s Best Friend 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation: Man’s Best Friend

Ours is a ministry of presence. For all the bread, for all the rent, for all the material things we may at times provide, there is nothing more important, nothing more valuable, and nothing more lasting than simply to be in the presence of our neighbors in need. This is sometimes difficult to remember because…

06-10-2021 Letter From Our Servant Leaders 600 685 SVDP USA

06-10-2021 Letter From Our Servant Leaders

Dear Vincentian Friends, I am guessing many of you are in Conferences and Councils that are trying to decide when and how we can get back to normal. Please don’t expect me or the National Council to have the answer for what you should do. But I do encourage you to have thoughtful conversations that…

Contemplation – Filled With God for the Day 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation – Filled With God for the Day

Vincentians are people of prayer. Together as Conferences, we pray to open and close each meeting, retreat, and reflection; we attend Mass together on our Vincentian feast days; we ask God’s blessings upon each other and upon the neighbors we serve. We are, as Blessed Frédéric often said, “united in works and prayers.” [Letter 135…

06-03-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 410 382 SVDP USA

06-03-2021 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

Of our beloved Society’s three Essential Elements, perhaps the one that suffered the most in the last pandemic year was Friendship. Fortunately, we continued with the Element of our Service with creativity and adaptation at all organizational levels. We also continued in Spirituality even when relying on online Masses and virtual Church and member gatherings in…

06-03-21 News Roundup 1200 1200 SVDP USA

06-03-21 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 India: St. Vincent de Paul brings a positive wave of hope with their new campaign Ireland: Charity warns…

Contemplation – The Joy of Angels 940 788 SVDP USA

Contemplation – The Joy of Angels

To trust in Providence and to do God’s will are two sides of the same coin. After all, without trust in His Providence, doing His will would be merely a chore that would quickly become burdensome. Instead, it should be for us a source of joy! Our Rule tells us that our Conference meetings are…

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