September 15, 2020
Vincentian Insights from the Province
Fr. Michael Carroll, CM
When You Can’t Find “That Room”

The Coronavirus pandemic aggravates an already serious health concern… closed public restrooms. For the city’s homeless, it’s part of an ongoing problem that preceded Covid-19. Read the post HERE.
Fr. John Freund, CM
Making All Things New

The question to us is this: Will we pray for and willingly participate in God’s work healing the hurt, loss, and injustice that this pandemic has caused and exposed? Read or listen to the post HERE.
Fr. Pat Griffin, CM
A Vincentian View:
Transforming, Not Conforming

Paul’s guidance confronts me. I desire to heed his advice, but I feel the challenge and see the obstacles. Like much of Paul’s advice, no easy response presents itself.
Read the post HERE.
Fr. Tom McKenna, CM
Not Enough
(Is 55; Rom 8:39; Mt 14:13-21)

An often-heard question: “Is there enough to go around?” Sometimes asked out of kindness, it can also arise out of fear.
Read the post HERE.
Province News|Notes
St. Vincent’s Feast Day Mass
at The Miraculous Medal Shrine
The Vincentians will celebrate their Founder’s Feast Day with a Livestream Mass at The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia.Get the details HERE
Eastern Province Good Purposes: News Coverage and St. John's University reported on the Good Purposes of seminarians for the Eastern Province Vincentians.

Read coverage HERE. Read St. John's coverage HERE.
U.S. Daughter of Charity Recalls ‘Mass of People … on Stretchers’ in Lebanese Hospital
A member of the administrative staff at the order’s Sacred Heart Hospital in a Beirut suburb will not easily forget August 4 and the massive explosion in the port of Beirut. Read more HERE.
DePaul USA Philadelphia Offers Housing to Homeless College Students
When the coronavirus hit, DePaul USA sped up construction and moved students in earlier. So far, ten have moved in. Read more HERE. 
September 5 Marked the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of
St. John’s University
The year-long sesquicentennial celebration with the theme, “Faithful to the Mission,” will be observed by the global St. John’s family through June 2021. Read more HERE. 
Niagara University Will Receive $300,000 To Fight Violence Against Women
Niagara University will partner with the New York State Police, Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit, Niagara County Sheriff Victim Assistance Unit, and the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.
Read more HERE and HERE.
Ready and Able: A Vincentian Story

Eastern Province Documentary to Premiere after St. Vincent Feast Day Mass
The Eastern Province Vincentians will celebrate St. Vincent's Feast Day with a livestream Mass at The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia. Directly afterward on the same livesteam, they will premiere a new documentary film, Ready and Able: A Vincentian Story.

The 14-minute film is about two, newly ordained Eastern Province Vincentian priests: Fr. Leo Tiburcio, CM, and Fr. Luis Romero, CM.

To watch a one-minute trailer of the film, click HERE.

Get the details of the Livestream HERE
Vincentian to be Installed as first Archbishop of the
Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau in Alaska 
The inauguration of the new Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau and the installation of the Most Reverend Andrew E. Bellisario, CM, as the first archbishop of the new archdiocese will take place at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The installation will take place at the Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Anchorage, Alaska.

For information on how to watch the installation, click HERE.
“Balance in the Common Home – Post-pandemic Guidelines from the Perspective of the Indigenous Concept of Full Life.”
Eastern Province Vincentian, Fr. Joe Fitzgerald, CM, writes, “…the peoples of Good Living, such as the Ngäbe, can guide us on the post-pandemic path so that we do not continue leading the planet Earth and all its inhabitants towards destruction.” Read more HERE.
NEW Update from Jim Claffey
           Congregation of the Mission Representative at the UN
The UN invites us to Action Week, September 18-26, a week of concentrated global action for people and the planet.
To read the update in English, click HERE.

To read the update in Spanish, click HERE. 
We spoke with Eastern Province Vincentian
Fr. John Freund, CM, who celebrated 55 years as a priest in May.

The occasion of his more-than five decades of priestly ministry seemed like a good time to ask him a few questions.

Read Fr. Freunds' Give Me Five answers HERE.
Fr. Rooney's most popular Vincentian Minute video from the past month is titled,
"A Vincentian Minute - Mental Prayer – An Introduction."

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

That's Very Vincentian
Did You Know?
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and Other Sisters’ Work During 1918 Spanish Flu Seen as Model for Today
Throughout the United States, thousands of female religious took on nursing duties in hospitals or clinics and went into private homes to offer food, medicine, comfort and even housecleaning to families affected by the Spanish flu. [..]

A Dec. 2, 1918, entry in the annals of the Daughters of Charity provincial house in Emmitsburg, Maryland, noted: “The influenza has broken out among our workmen, nearly all are down; the sisters had to milk the cows today and were delighted to do it.”

The Daughters of Charity also took on extra duties at their 110-bed St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas, where 63 tents were erected on the hospital grounds to accommodate the overflow of Spanish flu patients, primarily from the local military bases of Camp Dick and Love Field.

Read the entire article HERE.
Check This Out!

Praying with Frédéric Ozanam
(Companions for the Journey Series)

by Fr. Ronald Ransom, CM 
Western Province Vincentian Fr. Ronald Ransom, CM, is a well-known expert on Frédéric Ozanam, the lay founder of the Society of Vincent de Paul and a noted professor at the University of Paris. This book by Fr. Ransom, CM, seeks to engage the reader in praying in the way Ozanam did about issues and themes central to his experience.

Read more about it or buy a copy HERE.
Very Vincentian Poem
By Lucille Clifton


somebody coming in blackness
like a star
and the world be a great bush
on his head
and his eyes be fire
in the city
and his mouth be true as time
he be calling the people brother
even in the prison
even in the jail
i’m just only a baptist preacher
somebody bigger than me coming
in blackness like a star
Lucille Clifton (1936 - 2010) was an American poet, writer, and educator from Buffalo,
New York. From 1979 to 1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland.
Clifton was a finalist twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Vincentian Quiz: Saint Catherine Labouré
From our family at VinFormation, try this quiz on Vincentian ‘Founders,’ St. Vincent, St. Louise, St. Elizabeth, and Bl. Frédéric.

Test your knowledge HERE.
Laugh with a Comic by Fr. Al Pehrsson, CM

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