Around the Province with Fr. Freund
Fr. John Freund, CM, posts stories, spiritual reflections, videos, and news from the Vincentians of the Eastern Province (Congregation of the Mission), along with posts about collaborators in the Vincentian Family (VinFam).
Check back often to learn how the followers of St. Vincent de Paul are living for Christ in both word and deed.
A Brotherhood United
“We’re not lone rangers,” states Fr. John T. Maher, CM, the Congregation of the Mission’s Director of Vocations, when asked about vocations and the Vincentian charism. “In his…Continue Reading
“He has sent me to evangelize the poor” (Luke 4:18)
“Vincent’s Secret Sauce” — Further Thoughts
The visitors to Vincentian Mindwalk have been discussing what Vincent’s “Secret Sauce” was. The conversation involves people from Italy and Great Britain, through New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco,…Continue Reading
The Upper Room in Jerusalem – A “Thin Place”
Fr. Michael Shea, C.M., Associate Director of the Miraculous Medal, Shrine reflects on Pentecost through the lens of some Irish mystics. The Most Important Room in Christendom The Irish mystics talk…Continue Reading
Stepping Back To See More Clearly!
In his weekly column for FamVin former Provincial Fr. Michael Carroll, CM, reflects on Vincentians as “social poets” on behalf of the homeless. Poets who help us step…Continue Reading
Pentecost and Our Mental Maps
“Go out to the whole world” Those present at Pentecost were “fired up” by their experience. They boldly set forth to bring Good News to all. But there…Continue Reading
What is the Most Important Room in the World?
The Oval Office, Buckingham Palace? … Would you believe a simple “upper room” in Jerusalem! Why? Because in that room on the day we call Pentecost, the most powerful movement…Continue Reading
Is Vincent’s Journey Your Journey?
Is Vincent’s journey Your Journey? No! Each person’s journey is unique. Yet …there are patterns. Manny Leyson offers us his insights into Vincent’s journey. I found them very…Continue Reading
Vincent’s Secret Sauce for Change
“Secret Sauce” “An element, quality, ability, or practice that makes something or someone successful or distinctive.” I don’t know whether Vincent had some secret sauce that accounted for…Continue Reading
Do I Understand “My Father’s House?”
I realize I tend to identify with the “good guys” in the Gospels. So I never thought of myself as being like the money changers in the temple. That…Continue Reading
A Vincentian View: The Vincentian Way to Minister
In his bi-weekly post for FamVin, Fr. Pat Griffin writes: During the Easter Season, both in the daily and the Sunday Eucharist, we hear readings from the Acts…Continue Reading
Walking With Gregory To DePaul USA
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you…Continue Reading
COVID19 – Insights for Vincentians
What is COVID 19 Teaching Me About the Vincentian Thing? COVID19 is both similar to and very different than the Vincentian Thing (Vincentian charism or movement). Both have…Continue Reading
The Word – SIXTH Sunday of Easter
The Word – SIXTH Sunday of Easter Fr. Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. says, “Jesus says, if you love me you will keep my commandments” HIS commandments: Love one…Continue Reading
Think Like a Mother
Vincentian Mothers – Mentors of Dreams Over the span of centuries, there have been many mothers in the Vincentian family. Three prominent ones come to mind. Louise de…Continue Reading
Identity Politics in the Early Church
The Jews could not understand how Gentiles were accepted by God without first becoming Jews. This racial divide underlies every church conflict in the book of Acts (Acts…Continue Reading
This homily was given at a recent Eucharistic liturgy during which one of our Vincentian seminarians, Eric Sanchez, pronounced his final vows in the Congregation. It uses the…Continue Reading