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 German-speaking Vincentian congregations to...

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 of the Vincentian Charisma...

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 Commission members took part. Among...

The Vincentian Family in Spain is joining the Famvin Homeless Alliance with four “13 Houses” projects

The Coordinator of the Famvin Homeless Alliance, Mark McGreevy and “13 Houses” Campaign Coordinator, Natalie Monteza, visited Seville, Spain, this past 22-24 May to know more about the “13 Houses” projects in the country. They were welcomed by the Daughters of Charity (DC), who also organized a...

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 Charity. Two Vincentians from...

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...

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...

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Hope for Venezuela’s Refugees | 13 Houses Campaign

Over the past two months, we have shared with you some of the 13 Houses Campaign projects under construction. But there are many more we hope to build in the coming months. Here is Peru’s 13 Houses dream. Peru has almost 1.8 million people in need of a home. Fr Cruz,...

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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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