On 13 June 2017, the Annual Assembly of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul kicked off with the meeting of the International Territorial Vice-Presidents (ITVPs). It was the first time that the new team had met for an international meeting since the start of the term of office of Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16th President General, which also became an opportunity for the ITVPs to present their progress reports on the first 10 months of their work.
Politics is never far from conversations in family homes and with colleagues at work.
Our fast approaching election this September comes against a backdrop of a rapidly changing world. Once we divided the world into democracies and dictatorships. Today that neat division no longer exists. Terrorism, cronyism, corruption, fake news, WikiLeaks and the galloping gap between the rich and the poor all undermine people’s faith in politics and traditional political parties.
The spirit of this initiative is to motivate each member of the SSVP to take 15 minutes every 10th, 20th and 30th day of each month to ask the intercessions of our Lady of Fatima,
The intention of the National Council of Sri Lanka is to build toilets in each conference starting the second half of 2017 by employing direct labour obtained from the villages themselves under the supervision of a competent engineer or suitable person/s. Fellow Vincentians will also be involved and will oversee the project.
SSVP International President General’s Visit to New Zealand
MESSAGE FOR LENT 2017
The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us.
Father Robert Maloney, CM – International Spiritual Advisor of CGI/SSVP
St. Vincent always regarded 1617 as the birthday of his Family. Even though his three principal foundations had distinct juridical birth dates – the Confraternities of Charity in 1617, the Congregation of the Mission in 1625, and the Daughters of Charity in 1633 – Vincent consistently looked back at 1617 as the year when everything began.... Read More