February 16, 2021
Vincentian Insights from the Province
Fr. Michael Carroll, CM

Not Seeing Homeless Students
Homeless students in the United States have been called the “invisible million,” but their ranks have steadily increased. Read the post HERE.
Fr. John Freund, CM

Saints Were Ordinary People
One of the most prominent people in the life of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph, his foster father, is also one of the quietest. Read or listen to the post HERE.
Fr. Pat Griffin, CM

 A Vincentian View:
Joseph and Paul
In this year, I have brought Joseph into my thinking as I reflect on the “apostle to the Gentiles.” How might we reflect on Joseph and Paul together? Read the post HERE.
Fr. Tom McKenna, CM

The Call: Where and What? 
(Mk 1:14-20)
God’s Call is a theme that runs through the Scriptures. Where does God’s call occur and to what does it summon us? Read the post HERE.
Province News|Notes
Lent 2021 Video Series: ‘Prayer in Motion'
Join us on a Lenten journey about the transformative power of prayer…with the annual Lenten video series, produced by the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal and the Vincentians of the Eastern Province.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 4, we will release daily video reflections on Prayer in Motion: The Transformative Power of Prayer. These short daily reflections feature men and women from all walks of life, discussing how prayer has led to personal growth and change.
As these stories will show, if we're open to personal reflection and communication with God, our lives will be transformed in unpredictable ways. We'll experience a deeper peace, a stronger sense of purpose, and sense of personal and communal well-being.
You can sign up to receive these daily videos directly to your personal or business email.
Young Adult Virtual Stations of the Cross with the Vincentian Seminarians
All are welcome to go on a (virtual) meditative journey through the Stations of the Cross with the Eastern Province Vincentian Seminarians. Register HERE.
Pope appoints President of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to join a Dicastery
Pope Francis has just appointed Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16th President General of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Read more HERE.
Indian Founder of Vincentian Priests Put on Sainthood Path
Father Varkey Kattarath, who founded the Vincentian Congregation in southern India, has been declared a "Servant of God," placing him on the first step toward canonization. Read more about it HERE.
Vincentian UN Rep. on Sustainable Development Goals 
Jim Claffey, UN NGO Congregation of the Mission Representative, offers a brief introduction to the list of 17 goals.
To read in English, click HERE.
To read in Spanish, click HERE
Mass of Welcome Launches
Fr. Shanley’s Presidency
On the eve of the official start of his tenure as the new 18th President of St. John’s University—and joined by supportive members of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians)—Rev. Brian J. Shanley, OP, celebrated a Mass of Welcome at St. Thomas More Church on the Queens, NY, campus. Read more about it HERE.
Niagara's Online Programs in Education Ranked Among Top
Niagara University’s online programs in education were ranked among the top 10 in New York state by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings. In addition, Niagara was the highest ranking institution of higher education from Western New York. Read about it HERE.
Lenten Letter 2021 from Superior General to the Vincentian Family

Titled, "My Broken Christ," read Lenten Letter 2021 from Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, CM.

To read the letter in English, click HERE.

To read the letter in Spanish click HERE.
Celebrate Black History Month
Blessed Vincentian Ghebre Michael: The First Fruit of African Holiness
On October 3, 1926, Pope Pius XI, called the Pope of the Missions, beatified Ghebre Michael. Currently, he is the first African Vincentian Missionary whose holiness has been officially recognized and affirmed.

From CM Global, learn more about this Blessed Vincentian HERE or from FamVin HERE.
Famvin Homeless Alliance Reflects on Three Years Working to End Homelessness.

This Famvin Homeless Alliance (FHA) Impact Report comes at a time of global apprehension and uncertainty. However, one thing is certain: Vincentian service for people experiencing homelessness around the world has never been more needed. Read more HERE.
SUPPORT the Work of the Vincentians
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.
This month, we talk with Father Bruce Krause, CM, who serves St. Mary of the Mission Parish in Opelika, Alabama. We thought we’d ask Fr. Krause a few questions.

Read Fr. Krause's Give Me Five answers HERE.
Fr. Rooney's most popular Vincentian Minute video from the past month is titled,
A Vincentian Minute - Virtue from the Inside Out - Humility

To watch the short video, click the image above or click HERE.
That's Very Vincentian
Did You Know?
1,500-year-old 'Christ, born of Mary' inscription discovered in Israel

Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,500-year-old inscribed Christian blessing that begins, "Christ, born of Mary," the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported Wednesday (Jan. 20). The stone inscription, written in Greek, was once part of a lintel (the structure that spans the top of door frames), which decorated the entrance of a church, located in what is now et-Taiyiba (also called Taiba), a village in Israel's northern Jezreel Valley. Read more about it HERE.
Very Vincentian Poem
By Langston Hughes


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly. 

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow. 
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.
Lenten Packet from the Miraculous Medal Shrine
Lent is a season of reflection and preparation. Prepare for the season with “Mary’s Way of the Cross” book, and a unique and beautifully crafted Stations of the Cross rosary. Also included is a free “”Stations of the Cross” pamphlet.

Get you Lenten Packet HERE.
Comic by Fr. Al Pehrsson, CM
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