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 context to Laudato Si’ – The Famvin Homeless Alliance and Laudato Si’ (I)

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...

Slum Dwelling: Annual Theme 2020

Over the past two years, the Vincentian Family’s annual theme has focused on forced displacement and street homelessness. For 2020, we are focusing on slum dwellers. We refer you to our briefing paper, which outlines in greater detail the problem of slum dwelling and suggested strategies for...
The Voice of the Survivors – Diaries of a Vincentian

The Voice of the Survivors – Diaries of a Vincentian

In 2015, I had the chance to spend Easter with a Vincentian youth group in the community of Palmas del Río, in El Roble parish, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Each day we would walk twenty to thirty minutes from the church hall into the village, and from there, we would...

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Three Months of Vincentian Solidarity Against COVID-19

Three Months of Vincentian Solidarity Against COVID-19

Vincentians across the world have stepped up to the challenge of COVID-19. From soup kitchens in Peru to preventing the spread of the virus in the slums of the Philippines or offering financial and spiritual support for refugees in Rwanda, Vincentians replied to the...

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FHA Conference on Refugees and Human Trafficking

FHA Conference on Refugees and Human Trafficking

The FHA’s 2020 ‘Conference on Refugees and Human Trafficking’, is due to take place in Seville later this year unless COVID-19 forces us to postpone until spring 2021. As part of the FHA’s endeavor to build global capacity within the Vincentian Family on homelessness,...

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First UN Resolution on Homelessness

First UN Resolution on Homelessness

Earlier in February, before COVID-19 stopped the world, the United Nations adopted the first resolution defining homelessness, after the first debate on the issue in a generation. The resolution incorporates all the key categories of homelessness from the Framework of...

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The Vincentian Family Moving Forward

The Vincentian Family Moving Forward

On January 8-12, 2020, more than 200 leaders of the Vincentian Family, representing 91 branches, gathered in Rome (Italy) to reflect upon the realities of collaboration and the future of the Vincentian charism. This event was unique in many ways. It was the first...

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“Only the Vincentian Family came to help us”

“Only the Vincentian Family came to help us”

Latin America is now the epicenter of COVID-19. Like many times in the past, the Vincentian Family has stepped up to the challenge and is continuing to work with the poorest of the poor during this difficult time. The Vincentian Family in Ecuador, who are already part...

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The Passage – Diaries of a Vincentian

The Passage – Diaries of a Vincentian

A diary reveals much about its writer; especially read in retrospect some time later.   It’s not your diary I am thinking of – it’s mine!  The hand-eye-brain co-ordination creates a muscular memory of events that is both cathartic and illuminating. A strong...

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Ihor, a life changed amidst the pandemic in Ukraine

Ihor, a life changed amidst the pandemic in Ukraine

​Earlier this year in March, Ihor approached Depaul Ukraine Street Outreach project in Odessa and asked us for help. Ihor is 61 years old and has a wife and daughter, but due to a disagreement with his relatives they lost their house a few years ago. Since then, the...

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Warde, a story of providence

Warde, a story of providence

With a big smile and shiny eyes, Warde welcomes you whenever you visit; a visit she prays for every day, every week, every month. She smiles as if she has no care in the world, she greets as if she has known you forever and she spreads positivity as if she had...

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