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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

Jun 26, 2019   /   Around the Province, Explore a Vocation

“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…

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“He has sent me to evangelize the poor” (Luke 4:18)

Blessings in a Crisis?

Mar 31, 2020   /   Around the Province

A Vincentian currently with the Vincent de Paul Society, Jim Claffey, looks at making the pandemic a call to do things better. As leader of the Vincentian Family…

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Words – and Words (John 4:5-42)

Mar 31, 2020   /   Around the Province

Fr. Tom McKenna, CM, in his biweekly reflection for Famvin, asks us to reflect on how get past that first, surface-only understanding and move into the ever-expanding territory…

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Keeping the Soup Kitchens Open?

Mar 31, 2020   /   Around the Province

In his weekly reflection for FamVin.org, Fr. Michael Carroll, CM, reflects on Who Will Run the Soup Kitchens? I had originally planned to begin a series about the…

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Stepping Back With Pope Francis

Mar 31, 2020   /   Around the Province

As I was looking for the text of Pope Francis’s extraordinary blessing/reflection on the world at this time of crisis, I came across this passage. It is from…

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Short Prayer to Saint Vincent To End the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 31, 2020   /   Around the Province

Father Jean Pierre Renouard, CM, a Vincentian scholar and researcher, composed a prayer to the Holy Trinity, asking for the intercession of our patron to eliminate this epidemic…

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Putting a Face on the Problem – First Aid? or Long-term Solutions?

Mar 24, 2020   /   Around the Province

In his weekly column for famvin, Fr. Michael Carroll, former Provincial of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, puts a face on the problem. Which…

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A Pastor Speaks To His Parishioners In Emmitsburg

Mar 24, 2020   /   Around the Province, News and Events

Fr. Marty McGeough, CM writes to his parishioners at St. Joseph’s Parish, Emmitsburg. Maryland. Many of them work and support the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton. Remember Elizabeth…

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Time in Times of Confinement – A Problem for All Ages

Mar 24, 2020   /   Around the Province

A problem for all ages It is hard to wrap my head around the many tentacles of the Coronavirus crisis. Some parts of the crisis are more obvious…

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A Vincentian View: A Psalm

Mar 24, 2020   /   Around the Province

Fr. Pat Griffin, a member of the Eastern Province and highly skilled scripture scholar, speaks about “the Psalms” and how I might pray better.  A psalm would be…

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Smiling With Vincentians and Popes

Mar 24, 2020   /   Around the Province

What We Can and Cannot Do in These Serious Days What we can not do… We can not change the facts and the rapid changes they call for!…

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Something More (Mt 5:17-37; I Cor 2:6)

Mar 17, 2020   /   Around the Province

In his bi-weekly reflection for famvin.org. Fr. Tom McKenna, CM, invites us to reflect on  “reaching back for something more” is so important as we face the challenges…

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Speaking of the Elephant in the Room…

Mar 17, 2020   /   Around the Province

In his weekly reflection for FamVin, Fr. Michael Carroll, Director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine and former Provincial, reflects on the “elephant in the room”. No one is…

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Working for the Credibility of the Church in Lent

Mar 17, 2020   /   Around the Province

Saint John Paul II said to Vincentians in 1986 “ …search out more than ever, with boldness, humility, and skill, the causes of poverty and encourage short and…

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A Kind of Modern Apparition of Mary

Mar 17, 2020   /   Around the Province

Some time back I wrote about how moved I was by the “appearance” of Catherine Labouré at a Mass celebrated in the  Miraculous Medal shrine Philadelphia. All in…

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Mary in a Time of Pandemic

Mar 16, 2020   /   Around the Province

The Lenten practice we did not ask for – stay at home! What can we learn from history? I think it is safe to say none of us…

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