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350 years

Responsible for a legacy

They encourage us to unite ourselves with Christ and bring Love and Hope to a divided world.

Remembering Vincent and Louise: two great prophets of charity

Celebrations are a collective remembering of events that are significant for groups and communities.

They bring together within a given moment the past, the present and the future.

They evoke gratitude for the past, strengthen commitment to the present and generate hope for the future.

Rekindling the fire

Vincent and Louise were icons of charity. They show in a remarkable way, how the power of grace can transform fragile earthen vessels into efficacious instruments of the divine project.

Celebrating the anniversary of their death rekindles this fire in us. It turns the past into a living present that transforms.

The fire of After 350 years, Vincent andtheir charity still blazes and ignites many others. Louise continue to touch and inspire generations.

They Dared to dream

They dreamt of giving themselves completely to following Christ by evangelizing and serving the poor of their time.

This dream was like the North Star that guided every decision they made and every step they took

Gradually, Vincent and Louise discovered the meaning of these events that seemed to turn them away from the fulfillment of their dream. They were in reality Gods mysterious ways of revealing to them their vocation in life.

Vincent and Louise were open to this revelation and allowed themselves to be led by the Spirit.

An experience of illumination for Louise

and a firm resolve by Vincent to serve the poor changed the course of their lives. They were blazing new trails that contributed to renewing the Church and the society of the 17th in France and beyond

Keeping their dream alive today!

As we remember Vincent and Louise, we are grateful for the charism that God gave to them a charism that as founders they transmitted to the Vincentian Family as a gift to the Church and to the world.

Creative fidelity is the other face of gratitude for the gift of Vincent and Louise. This fidelity sends us back to the origins of the Vincentian Story invites us to read the present in the light of their dream to reread their dream in light of today.

In a world that has generated new forms of poverty, new faces of the poor, what and who should be our priorities.

Forging ahead together

Fidelity to their legacy urges us to forge ahead together to be prophets of charity in todays world. It challenges us to become a family of prophets.

Vincent and Louise impel us to form networks of charity

Attentive to events and to the poor

Creative and audacious in their responses

For us, Vincentian Family, this celebration of the 350th death anniversary of Vincent and Louise is indeed a time of grace, a propitious moment to sink deep our roots in charity and spread wide our branches in mission to be prophetic and to generate hope.

It is certain that when charity dwells in a soul. it takes possession of all its powers; it gives it no rest; it is a fire thats constantly active; once a person is inflamed by it, it hold him spellbound. Saint Vincent de Paul

Please continue to serve our dear masters with great gentleness, respect and cordiality, always seeing God in them. Saint Louise de Marillac

Lord God Almighty, Father of the poor, you give us the grace to celebrate this year the 350th anniversary of the death of St. Vincent and St. Louise. We thank you for this immense grace. Through their intercession grant that we allow ourselves to be transformed more fully by the Spirit you gave them. May the Spirit of Charity so fill our hearts and minds that our love for our brothers and sisters, who are marginalized and rejected by society, be gentle, attentive, compassionate, pro-active and inventive unto infinity. Make us rediscover the audacity of Vincent and Louise, the diligence and sweetness of an ever-renewed love of the poor that may help them change their lives in earnest. Help us make our faith strong and humble in a world that seems so far away from you yet that thirsts so much for you. Make us become a sign of hope for many, as were Vincent and Louise, companions in life. Grant that we do not back down in the face of difficulties but be ready to dirty our hands in favor of the poor, our masters. Help us learn from them to become your true sons and daughters, worthy heirs of the charism you have entrusted to Vincent and Louise for the good of the Church and of all humanity. May this jubilee year be for our Vincentian Family a year of grace and conversion, and for those we love a year of many blessings. Amen.


Sor Mara Vicenta H.C