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Did You Know Christmas Was Banned in Boston?

Dec 24, 2019   /   Around the Province

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…

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The Paradigm Shift That Began In Mary’s Womb

Dec 24, 2019   /   Around the Province

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.…

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The Crib, the Cross and Christmas or Christ’s Mass

Dec 24, 2019   /   Around the Province

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…

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A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

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…

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New Year’s Resolutions From Pope Francis

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

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…

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Epiphany, Elizabeth Seton and Our Ordinary Epiphanies

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

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…

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Pope Francis, Mary and the Journey Toward Peace

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

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…

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Vincentian Seminarians Begin Internal Seminary

Jan 03, 2020   /   Around the Province, News and Events

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…

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Adding to the Scene (Lk 2:1-14)

Jan 07, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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What Are the Two Greatest Systemic Changes in Human History?

Jan 07, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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Leaders of 100 Branches of the Vincentian Family Gather – Why?

Jan 07, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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Is Pope Francis a Radical on Immigration?

Jan 07, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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A Vincentian View: A New Decade

Jan 14, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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Updating Our Mental Maps

Jan 14, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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Videos, Images, Impressions – Historic Vincentian Family Meeting

Jan 14, 2020   /   Around the Province, News and Events

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…

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