January 19, 2021
*Sometimes titled "Prayer for the Holy Year," the author of this prayer is unknown.
Happy New Year!

A Prayer for a Holy Year*
Dear Father,
You loved the world so much
that you gave us Your own Son
as our Redeemer.

In memory of His Crown of Thorns,
I ask Your blessing on all who
suffer in mind:
              for the lonely and unemployed,
              for all who live in fear,
              for all who live without faith
              and love.

In memory of His Cross, I ask Your
blessing on all who suffer in body:
              for the hungry and homeless
              for the weary and the sick.

In memory of His Resurrection,
I ask the blessing of faith for all
the world, so that Your people may
live together in the peace of Christ.

I ask this through Your Son, Jesus Christ,
Redeemer of the world.

Vincentian Insights from the Province
Fr. Michael Carroll, CM

Real Experience with Homelessness 2020
Real Experience with Homelessness:
Top 10 Posts of 2020 from the website InvisiblePeople.tv Read the post HERE.
Fr. John Freund, CM

Can Catholics help
heal the nation?
I read John Allen’s reflection in Crux about an opportunity and a challenge for Catholics to play a major role in healing our deeply divided nation. Read or listen to the post HERE.
Fr. Pat Griffin, CM

 Vincentian View: The Whole Story
The whole story during this holy season invites us to strengthen our faith within our closest community and to express it in the widest world. The wonderful lessons of the Gospels give encouragement and insight. Read the post HERE.
Fr. Tom McKenna, CM

A Holy Nudge
(Is 61; Jn 1:19-28)
One of my favorite words, both because of the way it sounds and what it connotes, is “nudge” [...] a little inside push, beginning to hear this interior voice saying “get up and do something.” Read the post HERE.
Province News|Notes
Miraculous Medal Shrine to Host Young Adult Happy/Holy Hour: "Through the Eyes of Mary"
Both in person and streamed on Facebook Live, the Holy Hour will reflect on the life of Christ through the eyes of our Blessed Mother. Learn more and register HERE.
New England Province Vincentian Wins Recipe Contest
Fr. Anthony Kuzia, CM, recently won a recipe contest sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Portland. Read more and get the award-winning recipe HERE.
Brother of Charity Pens New Book About Order's Founder
Brother René Stockman has published a new book on Peter Joseph Triest titled, "15 Days of Prayer with Peter Joseph Triest." Read more about it HERE.

Young Vincentian Alumnus Cultivates Vocations
Fr. Luis Romero, CM, ’14C, has been assigned as the new Vocation Director for the Vincentians of the Eastern Province. He is headquartered at St. John’s University's Queens, NY, campus. Fr. Romero has come a long way from his childhood days in El Salvador. Read more about it HERE.
End-of-the-Year Reflection from Vincentian UN Representative
"So as we close out this anniversary year, marked by, at the insistence of the Secretary-General, shared reflection more than celebration, a critical and hopeful look at the organization seems appropriate." Read the reflection in English HERE or Spanish HERE.
Niagara University Ostapenko Center Spreads Holiday Happiness
The holiday season will be a little happier—and healthier—for seniors in Niagara Falls, thanks to the outreach efforts of the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission at Niagara University, in partnership with the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force. Read about it HERE
Seton Shrine Celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Mother Seton
On January 4, the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Maryland, celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Mother Seton’s death with a special website, free e-book, a film, and other initiatives. Check out the website HERE.

They have also released a new podcast titled, “Friends and Followers,” which explores Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life through the eyes of those who were most intimately and profoundly inspired by her. New episodes are released every two weeks. Visit HERE to learn more, or listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher.
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. Patrick Flanagan, CM, who serves and teaches at St. John's University. We thought we’d ask Fr. Flanagan a few questions.

Read Fr. Flanagan's Give Me Five answers HERE.
Fr. Rooney's most popular Vincentian Minute video from the past month is titled,
A Vincentian Minute - The Incarnation for Us, a Christmas Meditation

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, which they believe, reflect the Vincentian charism, mission, and tradition, and then explain why and how.

New recommendations are available from:

  • Father Michael Carroll, CM (Click HERE)

  • Trish Shea, Senior Director at CAMM (Click HERE)

  • Fr. John Freund, CM (Click HERE)

  • Fr. Patrick Griffin, CM (Click HERE)
That's Very Vincentian
Did You Know?
Image of St. Vincent de Paul at Portugal’s Shrine of Fatima
Pilgrims from all over the world, especially Vincentians, going to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Portugal) may not know it, but one of the images making up the architectural complex surrounding the basilica is that of St. Vincent de Paul, patron saint of all the charitable works of the Catholic Church. Read more about it HERE.
Very Vincentian Poem
By William Butler Yeats

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was an Irish poet, dramatist, prose writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State.
Comic by Fr. Al Pehrsson, CM
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