PRESS RELEASE: Un Año Jubilar para implorar el don de la Caridad Globalizada con el sello de San Vicente de Paúl.

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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Elena Grazini
Comunicazione
Simposio FamVin
elena@elenagrazini.it
338/190 24 36

Carta del Papa Francisco: http://famv.in/Francis-ESP

PRESS RELEASE: A Jubilee Year to implore the gift of globalized charity in the name of Saint Vincent de Paul

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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Elena Grazini
Comunicazione
Simposio FamVin
elena@elenagrazini.it
338/190 24 36

Letter of Pope Francis to the Vincentian Family: http://famv.in/Francis-ENG

NEWS RELEASE: A Decade of Walking for People in Need

Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts 10th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run

(A Downloadable Press packet is at the end)

SVDP Walk for the Poor

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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Sept. 21, 2017

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PRESS RELEASE: Vincentian Family at the European Parliament June 28

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.
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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.
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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 vfo@famvin.org.


PRESS RELEASE: European Parliament to host reception and program honoring the 400th anniversary of the spiritual Family of St. Vincent de Paul

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.
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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;
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interventions by

A reception hosted by Mr. Tajani will conclude the event.

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For more information contact the Vincentian Family Office vfo@famvin.org.


PRESS RELEASE: Pope Commends International Association of Charities (AIC) on 400th Anniversary

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.

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(ROME: Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement and thanks to members of the International Association of Charities (AIC) as it celebrates the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the first Confraternity of Charity by Saint Vincent de Paul in Châtillon, France.

This very first group has grown into today’s AIC, an international network for fighting against poverty, which now has over 150,000 volunteers in 53 countries.

In his message the Pope notes that true promotion of human dignity cannot take place without the proclamation of the Gospel.

“It is with joy, he writes, that I am spiritually united to you to celebrate this anniversary and I hope that your beautiful work continues its mission of bringing an authentic testimony of God’s mercy to the poorest”.

Pope Francis points out that the Charities were born of the tenderness and compassion of Monsieur Vincent for the poorest and the marginalized.

“His work with them wanted to reflect the goodness of God towards his creatures. He saw the poor as the representatives of Jesus Christ, as the members of His suffering body. He understood that the poor too were called to build up the Church and to convert us”.

The Pope says that in the wake of Vincent de Paul, who had entrusted the care of these poor people to lay people, and especially to women, AIC aims to promote the development of the most disadvantaged and to alleviate their material, physical, moral and spiritual pain.

“It is in the Providence of God that the foundation of this commitment is to be found” he says.

For “what is Providence but the love of God who acts in the world and asks for our cooperation?” the Pope continues, encouraging AIC members to continue to accompany the person in full and to pay particular attention to the precarious living conditions of many women and children.

He says it is faith that allows us to perceive the reality of the person, his or her incomparable dignity which is not limited to material goods, to social, economic and political problems, but as a person created in the image and likeness of God, a brother, a sister, a neighbor for whom we are responsible.

This is why, Pope Francis continues, human promotion, the authentic liberation of man, does not exist without the proclamation of the Gospel “for the most sublime aspect of human dignity lies in this vocation of man to communicate with God”.

Pope Francis recalls that in the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy he expressed the hope that “the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God” and he invites all to pursue this path as the credibility of the Church goes through the path of merciful love and compassion that open to hope.

“This credibility, he concludes, passes also through your personal testimony: it is not only a question of meeting Christ in the poor, but that the poor perceive Christ in you and in your action. By being rooted in Christ’s personal experience you can contribute to a “culture of mercy” that deeply renews hearts and opens up to a new reality”.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Alicia Duhne, International President of the AIC (in Spanish) contact Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. at info@famvin.org.

To read more about recent Anniversary events of the AIC, click here.

Find out more about the AIC in various languages at http://www.aic-international.org/en/ .

This and more videos can be found on the AIC YouTube channel at “https://youtu.be/GJ1j2oa1cjw”

Additional videos can be found on a special playlist at the Vincentian Family YouTube channel.