The “infection” of Love

This is an extraordinary moment. For months we have been trying to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, not even pausing for a summer break; we have never let our homeless friends be alone. We have adapted our services, while maintaining our values, according to the national laws and protocols....

This Christmas, help a family get a home

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7)Ann, Paula, Age, Mariano, Alba, and many other families around the world currently experiencing internal displacement, are all looking...

500 new houses for the homeless in Australia mark the 2º anniversary of the “13 Houses” Campaign

Mr EE is an elderly man who, for most of his life, has suffered from substance abuse. With limited family and support, Mr EE found himself living in a small room at a pub. His life changed when he accessed one of the new 502 housing units that make up the latest “13 Houses” Campaign project, the...

Young Vincentians from Portugal mobilize for Lebanon

A significant share of the almost $250,000 raised by the International Vincentian Family for Lebanon has been donated by different branches from the five continents. Among them, several groups of the Vincentian Marian Youth of Portugal mobilized to send funds for this campaign. With deep gratitude...

Vincentians raise almost $250,000 for Beirut

The International Vincentian Family has raised nearly $250,000 on behalf of the Lebanese Vincentian Family to support the victims of the blast in Beirut last August. The money is managed by the local Vincentian Family and helps those affected by the explosion to rebuild their lives and their...

Kenya – Diaries of a Vincentian

Peter’s eyes, milky with cataracts, searched my face for recognition. His toothless grin, widened when he saw Sr Rosemary emerge from the car. Having had a “safari massage” in the 4x4 car, jiggling from side to side, down the rutted sloping Rift Valley in Kenya, I was more than ready to alight and...

The FHA & Laudato Si’ – The Famvin Homeless Alliance and Laudato Si’ (and III)

In 2015, Pope Francis’ published Laudato Si’ an encyclical on climate change and inequality. The following is a reflection on his words and a consideration of how Laudato Si’ both informs and affirms the work of the Famvin Homeless Alliance. The reflection will be published in three parts. In...

Vincentians & Laudato Si’ – The Famvin Homeless Alliance and Laudato Si’ (II)

In 2015, Pope Francis’ published Laudato Si’ an encyclical on climate change and inequality. The following is a reflection on his words and a consideration of how Laudato Si’ both informs and affirms the work of the Famvin Homeless Alliance. The reflection will be published in three parts. In...

Our return from Kenya to Germany – Diaries of a Vincentian

At the end of March this year we were told, all of a sudden, that we - Sr. Lucia, Sr. Dorothea, Sr. Zeituni and I - had to leave Kenya as soon as possible. The Corona Pandemic had spread unexpectedly quickly. The news took the four of us by surprise. Sr. Zeituni, Sr. Dorothea and Sr. Lucia were in...

A very different Vincent’s Day

This year, St Vincent de Paul’s Day is going to be very different from what we would have liked. After these tough months, in which the Vincentian Family stepped up to Covid-19 and the tragedy in Beirut, we want to remember both what we have achieved and the brother and sisters that we have lost....
The FamVin Coming Together for Beirut!

The FamVin Coming Together for Beirut!

The August 4 Beirut blast devastated the city and added a climate of high insecurity in the country, which was already struggling with a severe economic and financial crisis coupled with uncertainty at several levels. On top and above with the huge material damages,...

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An explosion of homelessness in Beirut

An explosion of homelessness in Beirut

There are 300,000 new homeless people in Beirut after the explosions of August 4th in the heart of Lebanon, including many Vincentians. Despite their suffering, the Lebanese Vincentian Family immediately sprang into action: sheltering the homeless, taking care of the...

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Another Look at the Coronavirus Pandemic

Another Look at the Coronavirus Pandemic

More than four months have passed since the first positive case of COVID-19 was reported here in Rwanda. On the one hand, it is normal that a new disease, which spreads with such incredible speed, should scare all humanity. But on the other hand, with an insightful...

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From Beirut – Diaries of a Vincentian

From Beirut – Diaries of a Vincentian

On the 4th of August 2020, two major explosions rocked Beirut port, killing more than 150 people and injuring over 6,000. More than 60 people went missing. What happened on Tuesday is greater than the size of Lebanon in its current situation, adding to the economic...

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FHA Commission member appointed to the UK House of Lords

FHA Commission member appointed to the UK House of Lords

FHA Commission Member Dame Louise Casey has been appointed for a life peerage in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK Parliament. Dame Louise will sit with the “crossbench peers”, the non-party affiliated members of the Chamber. The majority of members of...

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One year of the FHA volunteer ambassador programme

One year of the FHA volunteer ambassador programme

Last week the FHA volunteer ambassadors came together for the first time since the training course last year in Paris. On this occasion, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting took place virtually. 12 months ago the ambassadors laid out their plans and goals, and...

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