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We wish to take this opportunity and wish you all HAPPY FEAST DAY of our Patron Saint Vincent de Paul. On 27th September World over St. Vincent de Paul is remembered for his deep Faith in Christ, for being a great Priest, for his persuasive preaching, as well as for his Love and Concern for the poor, for being a creative genius at organizing people to work together on behalf of the poor. Let us try to become better Vincentians and Christian. We should not only say daily prayers and receive Sacraments but we are urged to read, reflect and meditate on Holy scripture without ceasing so as to remain spiritually strong and faithful to our calling as Vincentian.
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The history of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers) begins on January 25, 1617.
Vincent de Paul (1581) was ordained on September 23, 1600, at the age of nineteen or twenty. In 1612, he was named pastor of Saint-Medard in Clichy, a poor rural parish just northwest of Paris. As pastor, he experienced the priesthood in a way unknown to him to that point, and told the bishop he was happier than the bishop himself, and even the pope.
However, in less than a year, Cardinal Bérulle recalled him to Paris to become chaplain to the Gondi family and tutor to their children. In January of 1617, Vincent was on the Gondi estates in Picardy, and heard the confession of a dying man, who told Madame de Gondi that he would have been damned without Vincent’s ministry. She urged Vincent to preach a sermon on general confessions. He did it on January 25, 1617. His sermon produced such a response that other priests were called to help hear all the confessions.
Continue reading The Day the Congregation was born…
Message from The International Vincentian Family: The “bottom billion” are people around the globe who live on less than $1.25 a day. They live in make-shift homes, are not guaranteed a daily meal, cannot send their children to school and lack an income to improve their lot in life. In Haiti, a country of 10 million people, 77 percent live at or below the poverty level. With your help, a Haitian family can lift itself out of poverty. The International Vincentian Family, which consists of people and organizations that find inspiration in the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul, is hosting a $100,000 matching program through Dec. 27, 2011 for donations to the “Pathway to a Better Life” program.
Continue reading Empower Haitians to Emerge from Dire Poverty
The Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on January 25 is celebrated as the Foundation Day of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Priests and Brothers). On January 25, 1617, following an experience with a dying man at Gannes (northern France) some days earlier, Vincent de Paul preached a mission sermon in the Church at Folleville, a few leagues distant from Gannes. For Vincent de Paul, this was the day he came to understand his vocation, and he regarded this mission sermon at Folleville as the beginning of the Congregation of the Mission. The legal formalities for setting up the Congregation of the Mission took place in 1625.
Please pray today for new vocation to the Congregation of the Mission.
Please also pray for God’s blessings for our priests and brothers – especially those who work at our parish, and for eternal happiness for those of us who have passed away.
September 27 is the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent is the founder of the Congregation of the Mission – the Vincentian community of priests to which all priests assigned to this parish belong. It is also closing of the Vincentian year.
On September 27th, the St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish will be offering a special Mass in Polish in thanksgiving to God Continue reading Vincent De Paul – feast
In 2009, the international leadership of the Vincentian Family, which encompasses all those who find inspiration from the life and the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul, join Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze to initiate a pilot project that would enable people worldwide to loan or donate to businesses in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest on earth.
The Web site — Zafen.org — was launched in 2010 to commemorate the lives and works of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) and St. Louise de Marillac (1591-1660), two individuals who dedicated their lives to serving people living in poverty . On the 350th anniversary of their deaths, Zaf?n was established with the objective of having a positive impact on Haiti’s economic, social and physical environment by providing micro, small and medium sized enterprises with enhanced access to capital. Zaf?n strives to achieve this aim through: Continue reading Be a Vincentian in spirit – Help Haiti