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“Finding Vince 400”
Castel Gandolfo, 18-21 October 2018
An International Film Festival and competition dedicated to Saint Vincent de Paul in order to promote the globalization of charity.
Deadline for participation: 28 May 2018
“Finding Vince 400” is the final initiative of the Vincentian Jubilee Year that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian Charism. Globalizing charity, one of the recurring themes of the Jubilee, will be expressed trough the medium of cinema. This insight gave rise to the idea of organizing an International Film Festival where the main protagonist is the figure of Saint Vincent de Paul and his love for those living in poverty. The coordinator of the event, which will take place at Castel Gandolfo from 18 to 21 October 2018, will be US actor Clarence Gilyard, known to the general public for having played in the television series, Walker, Texas Ranger, among others, and in many successful films including Top Gun.
The goal of the Festival is to stimulate creativity on the theme of the globalization of charity. “Finding Vince 400” is an invitation to develop stories and spread the message of globalized charity through the art of modern storytelling. The contest, open to all, is divided into three sections and envisages that the entries in the competition be submitted by 28 May 2018.
The first section entitled “Seeds of Hope” is aimed at the “under 18”: the contestants of this section are invited to use any creative expression (story, poetry, image, sculpture, music, etc.) that inspires direct service to the poor. The artists selected by the jury will be invited to the festival and awarded a trip to Castel Gandolfo.
The second section is dedicated to screenwriters: five will win a trip to Rome and a grant to produce their screenplay for a short film. These short films will be premiered at Castel Gandolfo.
The third section will see short films or films in competition on the theme “Finding Vince 400.” The jury will select films that inspire direct service to the poor and change our vision of poverty. These films will be premiered at Castel Gandolfo during the Festival.
The only condition necessary, which unites all three sections, is the theme: service to those in poverty.
The program of the festival, in addition to the awards to the winners, will include performances and the participation of actors as judges of the competition. There will be lectures, group work, screening of short films and feature films, music and entertainment, and it will be an opportunity to meet directors and screenwriters from all over the world.
For more details about how to attend FV400 at: facebook.com/FindingVince #findingvince, #fv400. Find out how to submit at fv400.org
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Del 12 al 15 de octubre en Roma, el Simposio mundial de la Familia Vicentina y el Encuentro con el Papa Francisco.
Un Año Jubilar marcado por la caridad globalizada tras las huellas de San Vicente de Paúl, este es el hilo conductor que anima a la gran Familia Vincenciana, presente en 150 países con más de 2 millones de miembros, en el año que se celebran cuatro siglos del origen del Carisma Vicenciano.
Un año intenso de rejuvenecimiento espiritual que comenzó en enero con la peregrinación del corazón de San Vicente de Paúl (de gira por Francia y continuará los próximos cuatro años en Europa y luego en todo el mundo), pasando por Bruselas en junio con la presentación al Parlamento Europeo del proyecto de la Alianza de la Familia Vicenciana con los sin hogar, cuyo lanzamiento oficial está programado para el 14 de octubre en el encuentro con el Santo Padre durante el Simposio Mundial de la Familia Vicenciana, programado en Roma del 12 al 15 de octubre.
Cuatro días de oración, reflexión, encuentro y fraternidad que reunirán en Roma, procedentes de todo el mundo, a aquellos que eligieron seguir este carisma nacido de la experiencia que vivió en San Vicente de Paúl. Este “grano de mostaza”, sembrado en 1617, ha dado como fruto la Congregación de la Misión y la Compañía de las Hijas de la Caridad, se ha ramificada en instituciones y asociaciones, convirtiéndose así en un gran árbol (Mc 4,31-32). Vuestra familia – Ha recordado el Papa en el mensaje del 400 Aniversario del Carisma Vicenciano- “comenzó con este granito de mostaza: San Vicente no quiso nunca ser un protagonista o un líder, sino “un granito”.
“Servir a Dios en los pobres, a través de la predicación del evangelio (misión) y el apoyo a los necesitados (caridad): es desde donde nace este deseo de una caridad globalizada”, dice el Padre Tomaž Mavrič CM, Superior General de la Congregación de Misión, en la víspera del Simposio de Roma, donde se esperan más de 10.000 personas de 90 países: “Será un momento de gracia para aquellos que pueden estar físicamente en Roma, pero también para aquellos que no pueden estar allí, todos estarán conectados por medios de comunicación modernos porque queremos con todo nuestro corazón que esta sea una fiesta de toda la familia vicenciana, de todos aquellos que se sientan cerca de este carisma. Ojalá se sintieran todos abrazados estos días. Juntos abrimos nuestros corazones a Jesús; Jesús hablará y nosotros responderemos porque queremos que la caridad sea globalizada y haremos todo lo posible para avanzar en esta dirección “.
Una dirección que este año ha concretizad en las más variadas situaciones: en Brasil, por ejemplo, la Familia Vicenciana escribió una carta abierta para condenar la corrupción que está destruyendo los cimientos de la sociedad del país; en la India ha decidido construir casas para las personas sin hogar; en Corea del Sur las Hermanas de la Caridad de Seton Hill han lanzado nuevos servicios para apoyar a los refugiados norcoreanos; en Haití la actividad ha comenzado a través de la presencia de dos Misioneros Siervos de la Santísima Trinidad.
“Fui forastero y me acogisteis” (Mateo 25,35). Este es el tema del Jubileo y es también el tema del Simposio durante el cual se lanzará la otra iniciativa de este Año de Gracia: el Festival Internacional de Cine de la Familia Vincenciana “FindingVince400”.
La presentación oficial del Simposio de la Familia Vincenciana tendrá lugar durante una conferencia de prensa en Roma la próxima semana (fecha, hora y métodos de acreditación serán proporcionados en la invitación que enviaremos posteriormente) durante el cual podrá conocer a los protagonistas de la iniciativa.
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Carta del Papa Francisco: http://famv.in/Francis-ESP
The International Vincentian Family Symposium and meeting with the Pope in Rome from 12 to 15 October
A Jubilee Year in the footsteps of Saint Vincent de Paul as a sign of globalized charity: this is the theme that animates the large Vincentian Family, present in 150 countries with over two million members, in the year in which it celebrates four centuries from the birth of the Vincentian Charism.
An intense year of rebirth and spiritual renewal begun in January with the pilgrimage of Saint Vincent de Paul’s heart (making a tour of France and, in the next four years, continuing through Europe and then around the world) and continued in June in Brussels with the presentation to Parliament of the Vincentian Family Homeless Alliance Project. Its official launch is scheduled for 14 October at the meeting with the Holy Father during this large Family’s International Symposium, planned for Rome from 12-15 October.
Four days of prayer, reflection, meetings, and fraternity will bring together in Rome, from all over the world, those who have chosen to follow this charism, fruit of Saint Vincent de Paul’s experience. “This ‘little mustard seed’ sown in 1617 developed into the Congregation of the Mission and the Company of the Daughters of Charity, branched out into other institutes and associations and became a great tree (cf. Mk 4:31-32), your Family — the Pope recalled in his message for the 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism. — Everything, however, began with this little mustard seed. Saint Vincent never wanted to be a hero or a leader but a ‘little seed.’”
“To serve God in the poor, through preaching the gospel (mission) and supporting the needy (charity): everything took off from there and from there arises this desire for the globalization of charity,” as Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, explained on the eve of the Symposium in Rome, for which some 10,000 people from 90 countries are expected. “It will be a time of grace for those who can be physically present in Rome, but also for those who cannot be here. We will all be connected thanks to modern means of communication because, with all our heart, we want this to be a celebration of the entire Vincentian Family, of all those who feel close to this charism. I want you all to feel embraced in these days. Together we open our hearts to Jesus; Jesus will speak and we will answer because we want charity to be globalized and we will do our utmost to move forward in that direction.”
A direction that in this year has come to life in a variety of situations: in Brazil, for example, the Vincentian Family wrote an open letter to condemn the corruption that is destroying the foundations of the country’s society; in India, it decided to build homes for the homeless; in South Korea, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill have launched new services to support North Korean refugees; in Haiti, it began its activity through the presence of two Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). This is the theme of the Jubilee and also the theme of the Symposium during which the other initiative of this Year of Grace will be launched: the International Film Festival of the Vincentian Family, “FindingVince400.”
The official presentation of the Vincentian Family Symposium will be held during a press conference in Rome next week during which you can get to know the key players of the initiative.
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Letter of Pope Francis to the Vincentian Family: http://famv.in/Francis-ENG
Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts 10th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run
(A Downloadable Press packet is at the end)
People across the country will walk and run on the sidewalks, streets and trails on Saturday, Sept. 30 to raise awareness and funds for those living in poverty at the 10th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, sponsored by the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently about 43.1 million people living in poverty. That is approximately 13.5 percent of the population.
“All proceeds and donations from the event stay in the area where they are raised and go directly to benefit people living in poverty in the communities served by SVdP. There are no administrative fees for the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run.”
“Back in 2008, we received the same email every other SVdP group did about initiating a Friends of the Poor Walk/Run,” said Ruth Anne White, secretary of the Society’s St. William Conference in Waukesha, Wis. White has been involved with the Friends of the Poor Walk since its inception. “The intent was to bring awareness of who we were at SVdP and why we were dedicated to our mission.”
The event in each community is designed and operated by the local SVdP chapter in that area. Therefore, details such as the date and time may vary by location. Most events will be held around Sept. 27, the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of all works of charity.
In 2008, the first year for the walk, participants raised $837,688. In 2016, more than 28,000 people participated in the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run at 240 locations and more than $3.1 million was raised to help those in need in local communities. That is a more than 270 percent increase in funds raised to help people in need since the walk began.
“The most we have raised in a single year is approximately $36,000. This is a significant increase from the $1,500 we were delighted with ten years ago,” said White. “The continued generosity of our supporters subsidizes our ability to be more generous with families who turn to us for help. The money raised from the walk helps us provide our neighbors in need with the basics like a roof over their heads, food on the table and the lights on. All our lives touch for a reason. We are truly grateful for this and we are finding every year ‘new’ Friends of the Poor.”
Funds raised by the walk help Vincentians provide immediate aid such as rent and utility assistance and food as well as longer term help with mentoring and education programs.
“The Friends of the Poor Walk/Run helps our members’ ability to provide the necessary resources and funds to our neighbors in need,” said Dave Barringer, SVdP National CEO. “While the Society provides immediate assistance to people in need, our focus is also on systemic change and long-term solutions. We try to identify the underlying causes that have put an individual or family in poverty so that we can assist them in changing their situation. We work to empower people in poverty and give them the necessary tools to move permanently out of a state of extreme need. Events like the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run help generate the resources to reach that goal.”
All proceeds and donations from the event stay in the area where they are raised and go directly to benefit people living in poverty in the communities served by SVdP. There are no administrative fees for the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run. Anyone interested in learning more, participating or making a donation can visit www.fopwalk.org for more information.
One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdpusa.org) is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of about 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., membership in the United States totals nearly 100,000 in 4,400 communities.
SVdP offers a variety of programs and services, including home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, education and mentoring, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, assistance with transportation, prescription medication, and rent and utility costs. The Society also works to provide care for the sick, the incarcerated and the elderly. Over the past year, SVdP provided over $1.2 billion in tangible and in-kind services to those in need, made more than 1.8 million personal visits (homes, hospitals, prisons and eldercare facilities) and helped more than 23.8 million people regardless of race, religion or national origin.
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The Press Office of the international religious family of St. Vincent de Paul is pleased to share this news of the continuing celebration of the 400th Anniversary of its founding. Puede descargar una versión en español-inglés-francés abajo. Vous pouvez télécharger une version espagnole-anglais-français ci-dessous.
Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, will host a Ceremony on the occasion of the Celebration of 400 years of the Vincentian Family at the service to the poor around the world on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 11 a.m., in the Yehudi Menuhin room, 1st floor of the Paul-Henri Spaak building, European Parliament, rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels.
The Vincentian Family trace their spiritual roots to 17th century French priest Vincent de Paul.
The Ceremony will be introduced by a photo exhibition of the work and
projects of the Vincentian Family around the world from 10 a.m.
A poster of the event follows the release downloads.
See http://famvin.info/2017/05/22/european-parliament-to-host-reception-and-program-honoring-the-400th-anniversary-of-the-spiritual-family-of-st-vincent-de- paul/ for more information.
For more information contact the Vincentian Family Office email@example.com.
The Press Office of the international religious family of St. Vincent de Paul is pleased to share this news of the continuing celebration of the 400th Anniversary of its founding. Puede descargar una versión en español abajo. Vous pouvez télécharger une version espagnole ci-dessous.
European Parliament to host reception and program honoring the 400th anniversary of the spiritual Family of St. Vincent de Paul
(PHILADELPHIA: Vincentian Family Office) Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, announced that he will host a ceremony honoring the service to the poor of the world by the Vincentian Family, on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 11 a.m., in the Yehudi Menuhin room, 1st floor of the Paul-Henri Spaak building, European Parliament, rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels.
The ceremony commemorates the 400th anniversary of this spiritual family.
The ceremony will include:
- A welcome by Mr. Alojz Peterle, MEP and Rev. Tomaz Mavric, C.M., Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and international spokesman for the Vincentian Family;
- an exhibition of photos of the international works of the Vincentian Family;
A reception hosted by Mr. Tajani will conclude the event.
For more information contact the Vincentian Family Office firstname.lastname@example.org.