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...
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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Watch the new 13 Houses video!

Watch the new 13 Houses video!

 The “13 Houses” Campaign is changing the lives of homeless people all around the world thanks to the collaboration between Vincentian branches. A few months ago, we brought you Abundio and his family’s story from Hueyapan, Mexico, and the work carried out by all the...

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