What if the 13 houses Campaign was not only about “13 houses”?

If you are a member of the Vincentian Family you have probably heard of the “13 Houses Campaign”. Run by the Famvin Homeless Alliance (FHA), the Campaign stems from the Jubilee celebrations of the 400th year of the birth of Vincentian Charism, which had underlined the “welcome the stranger” theme....

Vincent is home

In August 2018, Depaul USA opened its first 13 Houses project in Little Rock and welcomed Vincent to his new home. Now, nine months later, we were curious to learn more about him and see how he was doing. For Vincent, it’s been a long way to get where he is now; a long way to becoming the...

The Importance of Communication in the Life and Writings of Vincent de Paul

Communications were as central to Vincent’s first missions as they are for the Vincentian Family’s work today. Vincent repeatedly underlined the importance of clarity in communicating with one another and to the wider public. ‘Nothing is more necessary,’ he told the Daughters of Charity. Fr Robert...

Great Britain’s Ambitious 13 Houses Plans

The Vincentian Family in Great Britain is collaborating to plan 13 Houses projects across the country. As Fr Robert Maloney showed, collaboration was the default position of the early Vincentian Family and so it continues today. The UK-based Family members met at the start of this year and their...

Laudato si’ and Homelessness

'The baneful consequences', Pope Francis told the United Nations, 'of an irresponsible mismanagement of the global economy, guided only by ambition for wealth and power, must serve as a summons to a forthright reflection on man’. The poverty, the inequality, the environmental crisis. How has it...

“To be outside”: A “spiritual” experience!

"Lazarus, come out! Jesus cried out (John 11, 43)”. However, what does it mean "to be outside"? Summary of Mgr. Bruno-Marie DUFFÉ speech during the FHA International Conference (November 28, 2018)   To be outside, explains Bishop Duffé (Secretary of the Dicastery for the Integral Human...

A View from India – The Congregation of the Mission in Southern India and the 13 Houses Campaign

The Coordinator of the Famvin Homeless Alliance (Mark McGreevy) visited India a couple of weeks ago. The following is one of a short series of reflections on what work the Vincentian Family in India is doing in the field of homelessness and in particular in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of...

A View from India – The Society of St Vincent de Paul, the Daughters of Charity and the Institute of Global Homelessness

The Coordinator of the Famvin Homeless Alliance (Mark McGreevy) visited India lately. The following is one of the reflections on the work the Vincentian Family in India is undertaking in the field of homelessness and in particular in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism...

A View from India – The Vincentian Congregation and the 13 Houses Campaign

The Coordinator of the Famvin Homeless Alliance (Mark McGreevy) visited India. The following is one of a short series of reflections on the work the Vincentian Family in India is doing in the field of homelessness and in particular in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism...

Home Visits in the Vincentian Tradition

Home visits have been entwined in the Vincentian Family’s service from its inception. Upon founding the first Confraternities of Charity in 1617, Vincent instructed the members to go ‘two by two’ to visit the sick and disadvantaged. This practice was extended to both the Congregation of the...

Against the odds! | 13 Houses Campaign

Slum, Favela, Shanty Town... The names are different but the implications are all too often similar. Hundreds of thousands of people living crammed together in a tiny space in or around an urban area. Originally temporary but now morphed into something that feels so...

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Winter is here! | 13 Houses Campaign

Winter is here: Tallinn, Estonia: -16° C; Beijing, China: -2° C; Chicago, USA: -12° C; ... As the temperatures plummet below freezing across the northern hemisphere, we tuck ourselves a little bit tighter into our warming winter coats. We put on that extra pair of...

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The drop that makes the difference | 13 Houses Campaign

Kateryna quickly packed her bags in the Luhansk region of Ukraine in September 2015, only taking what was absolutely necessary for herself and her two small daughters. Her hometown had become too dangerous. Constant shelling had destroyed the homes around her. Fleeing...

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Guatemala Project for Volcano Victims | 13 Houses Campaign

Five branches of the Vincentian Family are collaborating to open a new project to help families who lost their homes after a volcanic eruption. 35 new homes will be built as part of the ‘Welcome Home Project’. The Fuego volcano erupted last year, killing dozens and...

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The Vincentian Spirit of Medellín

‘Go to the poor,’ he said. St Vincent didn’t wait for the poor to come knocking. He was proactive in his charity. Sometimes people don’t want to ask for help. Sometimes people can’t ask for help, even though they need it. But St Vincent circumvented that, saying you...

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‘There was no room at the inn’ – Luke 2:7

  Looking after our homeless brothers and sisters living on the streets has been at the forefront of Vincentian charity since the inception of our Charism. St Vincent himself housed foundlings – children without parents who would have been homeless without his...

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Service at the heart of Vincentian charity

Service is at the heart of Vincentian charity. People giving up their time to help our poorest brothers and sisters has carried the spirit of St Vincent across the world over the past 400 years. The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is one of the largest...

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Hope and suffering in Manila

It’s Tuesday in Manila and it’s hot. The street is bustling. Over 150 people are gathered outside the church on the paving stones. Mass has just ended and the early evening traffic buzzes past as the congregation departs. Some of that congregation are now preparing...

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Little Rock – A small house leading the way

At the end of June, I had the opportunity to visit Little Rock in Arkansas, USA, and see the very first 13 Houses project: A small house, in the middle of a leafy neighborhood, destined to become a home for people without one. Whilst walking up the driveway with Chuck...

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