Translating the charism of Vincent – Journal of Vincentian Social Action

Fr. John Maher introduces the most recent edition of the Journal of Vincentian Social Action. He writes of this journal which seeks to translate the charism of Vincent…
“this special edition is meant to highlight two crucial factors any study of St. Vincent de Paul should manifest:  First, that Vincent’s vision and mission came from a profound spiritual experience that guided his life and work; and the Vincentian charism is a living, organic reality in today’s world. Hopefully, readers will  find this to be the case. St. Vincent offered his followers a succinct, lasting message on the meaning, purpose, and effect of what became his charism: “Love is creative unto infinity.”
In this special issue, the reader will be given a glimpse of the core meaning of the charism, its development in history, and ways it has grown,  flourished, and impacts the world, the Church, and St. John’s University.”

Journal of Vincentian Social Action (JoVSA) is a biannual peer reviewed scholarly publication engaging the local, national and global community on issues of poverty and social injustice in the service of the disadvantaged. Rooted in the Catholic and Vincentian tradition, we are dedicated to active research and direct service to those most in need. We seek to publish insight into the causes and consequences of poverty and believe that these actions can help alleviate suffering. We welcome novel research, conference proceedings, case studies, and position papers on contemporary topics that shed light on a direct route to help those in need.

Current Issue: Volume 2, Issue 3 (2017) 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism

Special Editor: John T. Maher, C.M.


Journal of Vincentian Social Action, November 2017
John T. Maher

FIRE WITHIN: The Spirituality that Sparked the Works of St. Vincent de Paul
Robert P. Maloney

Vincentian Social Justice: A Work in Progress
John E. Rybolt

Vincent de Paul and the Empowerment of Women
Louise Sullivan

Charism that Lives: Translating the Message of St. Vincent de Paul for Today’s Teacher Education
Donald McClure and Judith F. Mangione

An Alumnus Learns and Serves: Vincentian Mission in Education
Brian Crimmins

Articles submitted before February 15, 2018 will be considered for our Spring 2018 issue. Please contact Dr. Marc Gillespie, editor in chief ( if you have any questions about the submission process. An overview of the journal can be found at Author guidelines can be found at

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