October 20, 2020
Vincentian Insights from the Province
Fr. Michael Carroll, CM
What did St. Vincent do
for the homeless?
The homeless ranked high on Vincent’s agenda. A careful analysis of his life, writings, and conferences produces a very concrete picture of his works on their behalf. Read the post HERE.
Fr. John Freund, CM
Are you an original
or a photocopy?
Blessed Carlos Acutis's life is a reminder to each of us that we are also 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
A Vincentian View:
Half the Story

Our Gospel does not stop in the middle. In all of the examples, we do not grasp the complete lesson until we hear the whole story. Read the post HERE.
Fr. Tom McKenna, CM
(Matthew 20:1-16)

God is “always greater.” The Lord is present in ways “more than” we can ever take in. Read the post HERE.
Province News|Notes
Eastern Province Vincentian Ministry Wins an Emmy Award
(Yes...an Emmy!)
On Saturday, September 19, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM) an Emmy® for its video, A New Way of Thinking. This video was a part of CAMM’s yearlong effort to capture the history and ministry of the Vincentians of the Eastern Province.

The award, a first for CAMM, was given under the Public / Current / Community Affairs / Program Feature / Segment.

To view the Emmy Award winning video, click HERE
St. Vincent’s Feast Day Mass
at The Miraculous Medal Shrine
The Vincentians of the Eastern Province celebrated their Founder’s Feast Day with a Livestream Mass at The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia.

You can watch a video of the entire Mass HERE
Our Lady of Knock Virtual Event at the Shrine Featured in the News
This event celebrated the Our Lady of Knock Shrine project, a collaboration between the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, the Mayo Association of Philadelphia, and the area’s Irish-American community. 

Watch the local television coverage HERE. Read CatholicPhilly.com coverage HERE.
Plight of Migrants Focus of Biennial Poverty Conference
Now, more than ever, the immigrant population is in desperate need of support, compassion, and love. This was the message conveyed by speakers at St. John’s University’s biennial Poverty Conference, “Migrants and Mission,” held online on October 3. Read more HERE
Niagara University Continues its Climb on U.S. News College Rankings
Niagara University has again increased its rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges,” securing the number 23 position in “Best Regional Universities – North.” That’s nine spots up from 2019’s ranking. Read about it HERE
Daughters of Charity Respond to Crises in Lebanon
“The situation here is a tragic one because they don’t have anything.” The number of families being helped in the dispensary of the Daughters of Charity has increased more than fourfold." Read the article HERE.
Ready and Able: A Vincentian Story
Eastern Province Documentary about Two First-Year Priests
Following two newly ordained Vincentian Catholic priests during their first year of ministry, this candid documentary captures the joy of living a vocation, the challenges of serving others, and how to find hope in a pandemic. Watch the film by click the image above or by clicking HERE.
New Perspective: Advice from St. Vincent in Everyday Life
FamVin offers us a unique slideshow that depicts answers to our questions with quotes from St. Vincent. Read more HERE.
We spoke with Eastern Province Vincentian
Br. Martin Schneider, CM, who currently serves at Niagara University.
We decided to ask him a few questions.

Read Br. Schneider's Give Me Five answers HERE.
Fr. Rooney's most popular Vincentian Minute video from the past month is titled,
A Vincentian Minute - Mental Prayer on the Preferential Option for the Poor

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

That's Very Vincentian
Did You Know?
"Last Rites" for JFK Administered by Vincentian Priest
From a HuffPost article in 2013:

"Rev. [Oscar L.] Huber, [CM], who died in 1975, was a native of Perryville, Missouri, where his parents were farmers. He joined the priesthood at age 40 as part of the Vincentian family. After a series of appointments, he arrived in Dallas as a pastor of Holy Trinity, one of the largest Catholic parishes in the city.  

Fr. Huber recalled being in the church refectory having lunch after the exciting morning, when one of his associates learned from the television that the President had been shot and had been taken to Parkland Hospital, which was within the responsibility of Holy Trinity.  

Soon, a phone call came from the hospital with a request from First Lady Jackie Kennedy asking that a priest come to administer to the spiritual needs of the President. Rev. Huber, along with an associate were "on their way." 

Read the entire article HERE.
Check This Out!

Vincentian Priest had Three Encounters with Saint Pope John Paull II

Not many people can say that they have met a saint. For those who have, the experience profoundly impacts their lives. Fr. Ronald Ramson, CM, is among the few who have talked to, prayed with, and served alongside a real saint – Saint Pope John Paul II.

Read more HERE.
Very Vincentian Poem
By Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

God's Grandeur 

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
  It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
  And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
  Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ (1844-1889), was an English poet and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets.
Vincentian Quiz: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
From our family at VinFormation, try this "Who Wants to be a Vincentian? St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Edition" HERE.
Laugh with a Comic by Fr. Al Pehrsson, CM

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