From the basement to the hope of a new life

The Flórez Sierra Family hasn’t had it easy since they arrived in Spain from Colombia. “We used to live in a basement, unhealthy, without the right conditions, we were suffering, mostly for our child”. Besides, were living in an unregularized situation in the country. But their lives changed when...

94 houses opened and blessed in Australia as part of the “13 Houses” Campaign

Vincentians have opened and blessed 94 houses in Cardiff, New South Wales (NSW) Australia. This is the last batch of the 500 houses built by the St Vincent de Paul Society and the local government, a project which is part of the “13 Houses” Campaign. The Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF)...

Lenten Letter 2021 From Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, CM, to the Vincentian Family

My Broken Christ Dear members of the Vincentian Family, May the grace and peace of Jesus be always with us! After the dramatic events of last year as the suffering caused by wars, natural disasters, and famine was compounded by the pandemic of COVID-19, our faith calls us to live this new year...

All (and everybody) for our homeless friends

Christmas celebrations in the “Charité” Santa Luisa in Turin have been incredibly significant. Our “Day Centre for and with homeless people” has lived a wave of Providence and Grace. We were surprised but not overwhelmed, thanks to the Lord, we sail out with tailwind. The Holy Ghost winds! The...

Letter from Tomaž Mavrič, CM, President of the Executive Committee of the Vincentian Family, on the “13 houses” initiative

Rome, 2 February 2021 Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Dear Superiors General, International Presidents, Presidents of the National Councils or representatives of the Vincentian Family in any given country, all members of the worldwide Vincentian Family, May the grace and peace of Jesus be...

The FHA Christmas Appeal almost quadruples the target goal

The FHA Christmas Appeal “A room at the inn” has raised almost four times the amount of money needed to help five homeless families to provide them with the same warmth and security that Mary and Joseph were seeking for their family.  Thanks to generous donations, the appeal raised over $190,000...

Homeless people: a question of humanity and fraternity

Homeless people exist. Calling them by their name is a question of humanity and fraternity, recognizing them with an ID and personal documents means building a healthy, united, open and creative society. Without residency there are no real opportunities for civic, social or cultural promotion....

Reflecting on three years of the Famvin Homeless Alliance

The Famvin Homeless Alliance (FHA) has reached three years working with the poorest of the poor and the homeless. This anniversary comes at a time when the Vincentian service for homeless people is more necessary than ever in the post Covid-19 world.   Three years after its creation, the FHA...

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...
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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Homelessness and COVID-19 in an international context

Homelessness and COVID-19 in an international context

One of the silver linings of the COVID crisis in the UK is that it could lead to a meaningful reduction in the numbers of people sleeping rough on our streets. Within the first three weeks of lockdown, the government, working hand in hand with the voluntary sector and...

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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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