Migrant? Me? A stark, old and current reality in the world – Diaries of a Vincentian

The situation that thousands of Venezuelan brother and sisters have endured over the last few years has opened my eyes to a reality I wasn’t aware at all, even though it was always there. My contact with so many cases and stories of migrants over the last two years has made me reflect deeply and...

In each person we met, God was waiting for us – Diaries of a Vincentian

Five years ago, when the Missionary Group of Charity started its mission it was solely directed towards the poorest and how we can find the image of Christ in our fellows, the poor. Five years later we grew to learn that, with love, great stuff can be accomplished and this is how we travelled into...

Annaul Theme 2019: Forced Displacement

The Vincentian Family’s Annual Theme for 2019 is Forced Displacement. We encourage you to reflect, pray and continue to serve our brothers and sisters who find themselves having to flee their home for reasons of war, persecution and natural disaster. We hope this resource, produced by the Famvin...

Spreading the word about the “13 Houses” among Vincentians in Brazil

Ada Ferreira, the volunteer ambassador from Brazil, has not missed a chance to encourage Vincentians in her country to join the Alliance and the “13 Houses” Campaign. Our ambassadors work in their communities and within existing Vincentian Family structures to encourage engagement and help those...

Rebuilding hope in Mexico

In the afternoon of September 11th, 2017, Abundio Pérez was working in the field like any other day near Hueyapán, in Morelos, Mexico. Suddenly, he heard a frightening thunder and the earth started to comb and to break. He tried to run, but the tremor threw him to the ground. For a moment, he...

Message from Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, C.M. on the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, 2019

As usual at this time of the year, Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM, President of the Executive Committee of the Vincentian Family and 24th successor of St. Vincent de Paul, sends a letter to the Vincentian Family Worldwide on the occasion of the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, which the universal Church...

Home – Diaries of a Vincentian

What had seemed a reasonable choice of clothing just a few hours ago had quickly turned into regret as I squeezed myself through a tiny hole in a wire fence – trying not to shred my long, wavy summer skirt on the surrounding, serrated edges; or cutting my skin for that matter. Once everybody had...

Who is my neighbour?

Homily by Father Ricardo Cruz CM, FHA ambassador, read on Sunday 14th July in the St Vincent de Paul Chapel in Paris during the ambassador's gathering.  “We have to tender for the poor as we run to extinguish a fire” (SVP) Beloved brothers: I thank God for giving me the opportunity to preside this...

The FHA volunteer ambassadors come together for the first time

The FHA volunteer ambassadors gathered for the first time in July in Paris. They came together for three days of training near the places where St Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac lived and worked. The ambassadors are now back in their countries, ready to spread the word about the Alliance’s...

Presenting the FHA to the Vincentian Family in Central America

The FHA ambassadors work in a wide range of projects all over the world supporting homeless people. Father Luis Camarena CM attended the meeting of the  Vincentian Family in Central America.  The meeting of the Central American Vincentian Famliy (FAVICA) took place on San Salvador, El Salvador,...

When in Germany

A few months back, Mark McGreevy and I had the privilege of being invited to the Megvis Conference in Untermarchtal, Germany, to speak about the work of the Famvin Homeless Alliance and the 13 Houses Campaign. The conference brings together the primarily...

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Welcoming the Stranger in Guatemala City

The FHA ambassadors work in a wide range of projects all over the world supporting homeless people. Father Luis Camarena CM describes the work carried out in Guatemala City, in the shelter “I was a stranger”.  As a result of the commemoration of the 400th Anniversary...

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The FHA takes parts on the Vincentian advocacy at the UN

“You need to live it to know it”. With these powerful words Iris Bailey, who was homeless for 18 months, moved the attendants of the open dialogue organised by the UN NGO Working Group to End Homelessness (WGEH) last week in New York, in which the FHA staff and...

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Conference on the Famvin Homeless Alliance in Rwanda

Preview (opens in a new tab) On May 11-12, 2019, 105 members of different branches of the Vincentian Family and their delegates gathered in Kigali for a conference on the Famvin Homeless Alliance (FHA). The event took place at the Provincial House of the Daughters of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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“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...

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