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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)

Lent – Don’t Give Up, Wake Up!

Feb 16, 2020   /   Around the Province

Giving up things for Lent or Giving up Lent Seems as if many American either focus on giving things up for Lent… or maybe even given up on…

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Why Churches Shelter the Homeless

Feb 16, 2020   /   Around the Province

Former Eastern Province Provincial, Fr. Michael Carroll, CM, continues his reflections on Homelessness U.S. Catholic magazine recently published an article “Churches answer the call to shelter the homeless “…

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Good News! Collaboration Works!

Feb 15, 2020   /   Around the Province

An African proverb I have always been struck by the African Proverb If you want to go fast, travel alone. If you want to go far, go together.…

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Gospel Styles (Luke 2:22-40)

Feb 14, 2020   /   Around the Province

Have you ever thought of yourself as an evangelizer? These days so many political and economic associations have grown up around the word “evangelical.” But in the Scriptures…

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What Did Pope Francis Just Say?

Feb 14, 2020   /   Around the Province

People across the political and ecclesiastical spectrum have been speculating for sometime whether in his latest document Pope Francis would address certain hot button issues. The document is…

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Blessed Rosalie Rendu – What About You?

Feb 10, 2020   /   Around the Province

Fr. Michael Carroll, in his homily closes a three-week program  focusing on the call to the vowed life, and in particular, the vowed life of a Vincentian or…

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Connecting Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day and Systemic Change

Feb 10, 2020   /   Around the Province

At first glance, it may seem like quite a stretch to connect Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, and Systemic Change. But hear me out. Actually, it is not that…

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The Harvest is Great But the Laborers Are Few

Feb 10, 2020   /   Around the Province

A Community by INVITATION It all begins with a knock on the door. Excerpts from a reflection in The Message (Spring 2019). A group of Vincentian men, responding to…

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Enlarge the Door

Feb 10, 2020   /   Around the Province

In his bi-weekly column for FamVin, A Vincentian View: Enlarge the Door, Fr. Pat Griffin of the Eastern Province suggests that the Church have the doors wide open…

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Who Is Standing Up To Proclaim “Good News”

Feb 02, 2020   /   Around the Province

Who is standing up to read the scroll today? (Luke 4:16ff) Standing up in our world today Luke 4:16 is fresh in my mind from celebrating the day when…

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Church as “inn” of the Good Samaritan

Feb 02, 2020   /   Around the Province

Feb. 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from…

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Who are Vincentians?

Feb 02, 2020   /   Around the Province

“Our vocation is to go, not just to one parish, not just to one diocese, but all over the world; and do what? To set people’s hearts on fire,…

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Spirit Prompts (John 1: 29-34)

Feb 02, 2020   /   Around the Province

In his bi-weekly post on FamVin, Fr. Thomas Mckenna of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Missions Stepping into gospel scenes is a time-tested method of…

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We are God’s story… and God’s story-tellers

Jan 28, 2020   /   Around the Province

We are God’s story, the story of divine love, the Greatest Story Ever Told. The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film, winner of several…

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Neglected Ways of Being God’s Story-tellers

Jan 28, 2020   /   Around the Province

In his recently released message for the 54th World Day of Communication Pope Francis writes movingly that we are not only God’s story but that we must also…

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