Around the Province
Did You Know Christmas Was Banned in Boston?
Yes, it is true! According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, under the influence of the Puritans, Christmas was banned in Boston from 1659 to 1681. Law-breakers were fined five…Continue Reading
The Paradigm Shift That Began In Mary’s Womb
The womb that changed the world Have you ever thought of the birth of Jesus as the greatest change in human thinking? I never did … until recently.…Continue Reading
The Crib, the Cross and Christmas or Christ’s Mass
I have two questions today… What is the connection between the Crib, the Cross and Christ’s Mass? What is the connection between the Crib, the Cross, and Christ’s Mass…Continue Reading
A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family
In his weekly reflection for FamVin, Fr. Pat Griffin reminds us that as we see our immediate families grow we are invited to see everyone as members of…Continue Reading
New Year’s Resolutions From Pope Francis
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2020? If not, there’s still time, and Pope Francis has some ideas for you. Here are the ten things he…Continue Reading
Epiphany, Elizabeth Seton and Our Ordinary Epiphanies
Sr. Regina Bechtle, SC reflects on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the feast of the Epiphany and our ordinary epiphanies. Epiphany – it’s no accident that the feast…Continue Reading
Pope Francis, Mary and the Journey Toward Peace
What is peace? This Christmas there has been so much talk of how to survive division at family meals. Often, we may be tempted to say, “You are…Continue Reading
Vincentian Seminarians Begin Internal Seminary
Rogelio Pineda, Fr. Teodoro Justavino (Regional Superior), and Juan Carlos Guerra left for St. Juan Gabriel Perboyre, C.M. Internal Seminary of the Congregation of the Mission in Guatemala…Continue Reading
Adding to the Scene (Lk 2:1-14)
In his bi-weekly reflection for FamVin, Fr. Tom McKenna of the Eastern Province explores a prayer practice that would have the pray-ers imagine themselves inside some Gospel setting…Continue Reading
What Are the Two Greatest Systemic Changes in Human History?
What are the two greatest systemic changes in human history? (Here’s an important clue – They are interrelated!) The greatest systemic change The greatest systemic change in the…Continue Reading
Leaders of 100 Branches of the Vincentian Family Gather – Why?
Why this historic gathering? January 8-12 approximately 200 top leaders of 100 branches of the Vincentian Family will meet in Rome. Not counting travel, they will take almost…Continue Reading
Is Pope Francis a Radical on Immigration?
For nearly a half-century, National Migration Week has been observed in the United States to highlight the situation of immigrants and refugees and unite in prayer to accompany…Continue Reading
A Vincentian View: A New Decade
From Fr. Pat Griffin in his bi-weekly post on FamVin. The transition from 2019 to 2020 has captured my thinking. The beginning of a new decade seems to…Continue Reading
Updating Our Mental Maps
A tale of two maps Look at these two maps of New York City. One is a 17th-century map of what is today lower Manhattan. Note the large…Continue Reading
Videos, Images, Impressions – Historic Vincentian Family Meeting
Videos from the Historic Vincentian Family Gathering Rome 2020 We have compiled this list of six videos posted on Facebook for the first two days. They are apparently…Continue Reading