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 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...
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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To die like a dog… – Diaries of a Vincentian

To die like a dog… – Diaries of a Vincentian

August 18th 2003 I was running between two emergencies. We were Red Cross volunteer lifeguards. We first attended to a man with a stab wound and took him to hospital, but it was a struggle to get him admitted: we knew neither his name, nor of any relatives who could...

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Supporting refugees in Rwanda in the time of COVID-19

Supporting refugees in Rwanda in the time of COVID-19

The world is currently in the midst of a period of great difficulty due to the onset of the coronavirus. Since March 14th, Rwanda has been under lockdown in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. This includes the Mahama Refugee Camp, where our...

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Vincentian Responses to Coronavirus Globally

Vincentian Responses to Coronavirus Globally

At the Famvin Homeless Alliance we are hearing stories of how different parts of the Vincentian Family are responding to homeless and vulnerable people during the outbreak of the Corona Virus. We asked Fr Robert Maloney, former Superior General of the Congregation of...

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Young and old, supported by the Daughters of Charity in Kenya

Young and old, supported by the Daughters of Charity in Kenya

Vincentian women have been at the forefront of the Vincentian task of tendering for the sick and the poor. Since the time of St Louise de Marillac and St Vincent de Paul, the Daughters of Charity have been crucial to put words into actions. In Kenya, the Daughters of...

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Rocco – Diaries of a Vincentian

Rocco – Diaries of a Vincentian

I knew him as Rocco, his nickname. Every week, we’d chat. His ‘patch’ was outside Sainsbury’s, the main supermarket in Cambridge. He sat unimposing, legs crossed, greying beard. He always wore a woollen hat, even when the sun was shining. Rocco was up early and stayed...

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Vincentians in Nigeria join the fight against homelessness

Vincentians in Nigeria join the fight against homelessness

The Vincentian Family in Nigeria has decided to focus their work on homelessness after their annual meeting in Lagos last month. In the meeting, where six branches were present, the Vincentian Family decided to build at least one house for homeless people this year...

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Vincentian Sisters empowering women in Ethiopia

Vincentian Sisters empowering women in Ethiopia

For several years now, a new branch of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St Vincent de Paul in Untermarchtal has been in development in Ethiopia through the engagement of Bishop Leonardus Dobbelaar - a Vincentian from the Netherlands. Today, the 12 Ethiopian...

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