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A home for 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 (FamVin).

Dressing an Old Story in Today’s Clothes

Jul 12, 2022   /   Around the Province

For nearly 50 years, pro-life supporters have been fighting to overturn the flawed decision of Roe vs. Wade. However, many are wrestling with possible flaws in the recent…

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

Shocking Statements!!

Jul 21, 2022   /   Around the Province

Heard any really “shocking statements” in the last 24 hours? What is the most radical or shocking statement you hear… but maybe do not consider shocking?

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Distraction… or Insight?

Jul 21, 2022   /   Around the Province

Last Sunday, I was in my usual concelebrant’s seat on the right side of the sanctuary. After communion, I admit to being distracted by watching the line of people coming up to receive the Body of Christ.

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Do You Have Memories of Your Grandparents?

Jul 21, 2022   /   Around the Province

My personal relationship with my grandparents is complicated. I never knew either my father’s or mother’s parents. Yet I know more about my great grandparents than just about anyone reading these words.

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Wisdom as a Gift

Jun 28, 2022   /   Around the Province

Who is the wisest person you know? Fr. John Freund, CM delves into people in our lives who help open our eyes to something in ourselves we have…

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Stop – Look – Listen… Rules For Our Roads

Jun 03, 2022   /   Around the Province

Celebrating 57 years of priesthood, Fr. Freund reflects on how many roads he has crossed, is crossing, and still has to cross as he reviews his life using the metaphor of the “rules of the road”.

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Asking the Right Questions About Social Media

May 17, 2022   /   Around the Province

In his new blog post, Fr. John Freund, CM, whether you and I are getting social media right

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Jesus Drew the Best Out of Ordinary People

Apr 05, 2022   /   Around the Province

Jesus spent much of his time forming a team filled with a sense of common mission. What’s more, they were so different from one another. Fr. John Freund…

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“Insiders” With Closed Minds; “Outsiders” Who Were Open

Feb 08, 2022   /   Around the Province, Home

I don’t think I can ever again read Luke’s account of Jesus’ rejection in his hometown (4:21-30) without thinking of Pope Francis’ homily.

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THE WORD: 4th Sunday in Advent

Dec 20, 2021   /   Home, The Word

Fr. Rooney reflects on the prophetic literature given by the Church for the Season of #Advent.

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Give Me Five

Give Me Five!

Sep 08, 2020   /   Around the Province

A monthly series in Vincentian Voices where we ask five random questions to an Eastern Province Priest or Brother. We talk with Fr. John Freund, CM, who in…

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Nuns or Sisters?

Aug 06, 2020   /   Around the Province

Nuns and sisters? Are they the same? Many would say there is no difference. There is actually a big difference and St. Vincent de Paul is responsible for…

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“Vincent’s Secret Sauce” — Further Thoughts

May 26, 2020   /   Around the Province

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,…

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The Upper Room in Jerusalem – A “Thin Place”

May 26, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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Stepping Back To See More Clearly!

May 26, 2020   /   Around the Province

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…

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Pentecost and Our Mental Maps

May 25, 2020   /   Around the Province

“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…

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