December 15, 2020
Vincentian Insights from the Province
Fr. Michael Carroll, CM
Which Costs More:
Housing or Health Care?
When it comes to the homeless, it is not even closehealth care and hospital costs! So it makes sense to focus on curbing the costs of health care for the homeless. But can costs be cut and lives transformed? Read the post HERE.
Fr. John Freund, CM
Are You an Original of a Photocopy?
Blessed Carlos Acutis's life was the medium. He is a reminder to us that we too are the medium of the message. Come to think of it, Jesus was both medium and message! Read or listen to the post HERE.
Fr. Pat Griffin, CM
 Vincentian View:
Patrimony of the Poor
Two readings that regularly show up toward the end of the liturgical year capture my imagination. Thanksgiving summons us to continue to express our Vincentian values both in our gratitude and in our generosity. Read the post HERE.
Fr. Tom McKenna, CM
In The Mood (Mk 13:37)
Over the course of the Church year, the different liturgical seasons try to accomplish much the same thing as "mood music." Their words, colors, and rituals are meant to evoke certain feelings, tease out a mood inside of which we can dive deeper into some aspect of God’s Good News. Read the post HERE.
Province News|Notes
CatholicPhilly Article Applauds Province/CAMM's EMMY Win

The video, “A New Way of Thinking,” topped the current and community affairs category in the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in September. Read about it HERE.
National Catholic Site, Aleteia, features Philadelphia's Miraculous Medal Shrine
As America — and the world — now seem to be engaged in a different kind of war against an invisible virus, The Miraculous Medal Shrine would be a natural destination for pilgrims praying for an end to the pandemic. Read more HERE.
Bishop O'Connell Pens Homily for Miraculous Medal Feast Day Mass
Eastern Province Vincentian, David O’Connell, CM, is Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton. Though he was unable to attend the Mass, he shared his homily with us. Read it HERE.
St. John's University Elects
its 18th President
The St. John’s University Board of Trustees announced the unanimous election of Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., as the University’s 18th President. Fr. Shanley is expected to begin his tenure at St. John’s on February 1, 2021. Read more about it on the University's website HERE, or in the New York Post HERE.
Advent Message from Vincentian Representative at the UN
Advent is a time of prayerful, expectant waiting. But, it also a time of compassionate outreach for those who suffer most at this time, a great way to prepare and open our hearts to celebrate the Birth of the One who is Love Incarnate. Read the full letter HERE.
International Relations Class Presents Findings on COVID-19's Impact on Global Homelessness
Students in Dr. David Reilly’s the international relations class, in partnership with Niagara University’s Office for Mission Integration, presented their research on the effects of COVID-19 on global homelessness on Nov. 20.Read about it HERE
Niagara, St. John’s, and DePaul Universities
Establish Vincentian Cup Esports Tournament
The Vincentian Cup is a new annual event for the three Vincentian universities in the United States. Produced by the Electronic Gaming Federation, the inaugural competition was held Dec. 9-12, 2020, and featured competition in multiple Esports titles. Read more about it HERE.
Advent Letter from the
Superior General
Superior General Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, CM, released his Advent Letter for 2020. Read it in English HERE or in Spanish HERE.
New NUNTIA Released

The official publication of the Congregation of the Mission worldwide, read the latest NUNTIA in English HERE or Spanish HERE.
New Book About Daughters of Charity
An unknown sister nurses at Carney Hospital in Boston during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.
(Credit: CNS photo/courtesy Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise.)
The Streets as a Cloister: History of the Daughters of Charity is a new book by Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée, the Holtschneider Chair of Vincentian Studies at DePaul University. 

Read an interview with the author HERE. Purchase a copy of the book HERE.
SUPPORT the Vincentians Today

The Vincentian Priests and Brothers of the Eastern Province serve those on the margins in areas often forgotten by the world.

This includes pastoring the poorest of parishes, prison ministry, addiction recovery, immigrant and migrant services, and much more.
We spoke with Eastern Province Vincentian
Fr. Richard Rock, CM, who serves at St. John's University. We thought we’d ask him a few questions.

Read Fr. Rock's Give Me Five answers HERE.
Fr. Rooney's most popular Vincentian Minute video from the past month is titled,
A Vincentian Minute - Advent 2020 - The Incarnation for Us, Week 1

To watch the short video, click the image above or click HERE.

Vincentian Mission in Movies
Vincentian Mission in Movies asked the Eastern Province Vincentians, Daughters of Charity, and lay associates, to suggest movies that they believe reflects the Vincentian charism, mission, and tradition, and to tell us why and how.

New recommendations are available from:

  • Province Communications Manager Christopher Grosso (Click HERE)

  • Fr. Patrick Flanagan, CM (Click HERE).
That's Very Vincentian
Did You Know?
An Eastern Province Vincentian was called 'Padre of Guadalcanal'
Fr. Frederic P. Gehring, CM (1903-1998) was an Eastern Province Vincentian who rose to international fame for his heroic exploits as a Navy chaplain during the Second World War. His actions during the war also earned him the nickname, “Padre of Guadalcanal.”

Before and after the war he served in a variety of ministries during life as a Vincentian, including pastoring St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Philadelphia, PA.

Learn about Fr. Gehring’s heroic actions in the war and his priestly life by checking out one of the obituaries that was printed in national publications at the time of his death in 1998.

You can also order his book about the child’s life he saved during the war, A Child of Miracles: The Story of Patsy Li, by visiting HERE
Bicentennial of First American Vincentian Superior

Via the Missouri Bicentennial Minute from the State Historical Society of Missouri, learn a little about Fr. Felix De Andreis, the first Superior of Vincentians in the United States.

October 15, 1820, was the bicentennial of his death.

Read or listen more HERE.
Very Vincentian Poem
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What if you slept?

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in your hand
Ah, what then?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1172-1834) was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. 
Places in Vincentian History:
Vincentian Jeopardy
From our family at VinFormation, test your knowledge of places in Vincentian history by playing a game of Vincentian Jeopardy HERE.
Comic by Fr. Al Pehrsson, CM
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