What’s on the Pope’s Mind?… Our minds?

What’s on the Pope’s mind?  His message for a New Year!

His message for a New Year… “Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace”  The most important question … Will it be a message for a better world for those seeking refuge and peace? The answer to that question will be found in our personal examination of conscience and what it leads us to do.

What he said

“Among these whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers,I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees.”

He reminds us that “Pope Benedict XVI, my beloved predecessor, spoke of them as “men and women, children, young and elderly people, who are searching for somewhere to live in peace.”[2]

They are willing to pay the ultimate price In order to find that peace.

“They are willing to risk their lives on a journey that is often long and perilous, to endure hardships and suffering, and to encounter fences and walls built to keep them far from their goal.
In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.

He says that it is not enough to open our hearts to the suffering of others. Much more remains to be done before our brothers and sisters can once again live peacefully in a safe home.

“Welcoming others requires

  • concrete commitment,
  • a network of assistance and goodwill,
  • vigilant and sympathetic attention,
  • the responsible management of new and complex situations that at times compound numerous existing problems,
  • to say nothing of resources, which are always limited.”

What he asks us to do.

He points to some practical milestones.Offering asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of human trafficking an opportunity to find the peace they seek requires a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.[12]
“Welcoming” calls for expanding legal pathways for entry and no longer pushing migrants and displaced people towards countries where they face persecution and violence. It also demands balancing our concerns about national security with concern for fundamental human rights. Scripture reminds us: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”[13]
“Protecting” has to do with our duty to recognize and defend the inviolable dignity of those who flee real dangers in search of asylum and security, and to prevent their being exploited. I think in particular of women and children who find themselves in situations that expose them to risks and abuses that can even amount to enslavement. God does not discriminate: “The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the orphan and the widow.””[14]
“Promoting” entails supporting the integral human development of migrants and refugees. Among many possible means of doing so, I would stress the importance of ensuring access to all levels of education for children and young people. This will enable them not only to cultivate and realize their potential, but also better equip them to encounter others and to foster a spirit of dialogue rather than rejection or confrontation. The Bible teaches that God “loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”[15]
“Integrating”, lastly, means allowing refugees and migrants to participate fully in the life of the society that welcomes them, as part of a process of mutual enrichment and fruitful cooperation in service of the integral human development of the local community. Saint Paul expresses it in these words: “You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people.””[16]

He further specifies


The Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has published a set of twenty action points that provide concrete leads for implementing these four verbs in public policy and in the attitudes and activities of Christian communities.[17]

The most important question

What will you and I do to make this a better world for those seeking refuge and peace?

Vincentians Continue Tradition of Innovative Evangelization

Continuing a tradition of innovative evangelization, Fr. Ron Hoye, C.M., director of the Catholic Home Study (CHS), is offering online enrichment in Catholic teaching to people who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.
Sponsored by the Congregation of the Mission and the Knights of Columbus, Missouri Council, this opportunity comes at no cost and no obligation to those who participate.

This is an outgrowth and updating of a program that started June 21, 1935. Fr. Lester Fallon, a Vincentian priest and theology professor, traveled to Southern Missouri to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. It was called the “Motor Mission” because he witnessed the faith from a portable pulpit secured to the back of a truck. Soon other Vincentian priests joined the ministry in Texas and beyond.


There were few Catholics and no priests in these towns, and residents knew little about the Catholic Church. Fathers Fallon and McIntyre would put up posters to announce their coming. They would arrive in a truck equipped with a pulpit and public address system and would preach for several evenings in front of the post office, courthouse, or general store. They explained Catholic doctrine and answered questions.

From their website:

The study consists of 9 books (and quizzes) that highlight the major tenets of the Catholic faith. Topics such as the Mass, the Bible, Mary and prayer are explained in an easy and relatable style that appeals to people of all ages. You will have online support and tutors to answer your questions and address your concerns. The completion of each book will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith.

For information about the courses or to enroll, go to our web site: www.catholichomestudy.org.

If you have questions, call us at 573-547-4084 or email us at questions.chs@gmail.com. May Jesus bless you, and may our Lady of the Miraculous Medal keep you close to her Son.

See related pioneering effort of the confreres in Brazil who have been ministering to truckers with their chapel on wheels for more than three decade 

How a Vincentian Education changed a CEO’s life… and the world

Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities

A Vincentian Education taught the CEO of Changing Our World that his goal was not just to make a living bu to enable others to make their way in life.

In a special edition of The Journal of Vincentian Social Action, we learn how a CEO, educated and changed by the Vincentian charism at St. John’s University, became who he is today. Below  is a reflection by Brian Crimmins, MBA, Class of 2001. Brian writes how the Vincentian charism  in education helped him realize that his main goal in life goal was not just to make a living, but to enable others to make their way. He was recenty honored by Catholic Charities at its 2017 Dinner.

Here is Brian’s  story.

At Changing our World, I found myself in a  very collaborative environment. We were not only responding to the changes around us, but actually driving change. Ten  years later, I  was named its Chief Executive Officer. I have worked alongside some of the most influential people in the philanthropic sector and served clients in the faith-based, education, human service, healthcare, and the corporate sectors….

Looking back, I never thought working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Institutional Advancement at St. John’s would have such an impact on my future. I didn’t realize at first that what my parents were saying and doing as I grew up—namely the importance of the Vincentian mission—would ring true in my life in such a profound and lasting  manner, day in and day out. It is this — a Vincentian education in the way of service that gave me the foundation to succeed. To this very day, it guides and helps  me  grow  personally and professionally. This, in turn, helps my clients make a difference in the world. It is all this, that I am grateful for.

Read the full story…An Alumnus Learns and Serves

PS Changing Our World iis part of Omnicom, a Fortune 200 company, consisting of world-class public relations, communications, marketing, branding, digital, research and advertising experts. It is a full-service fundraising consulting group, working with our nonprofit clients to strengthen revenue strategies, develop innovative partnerships and grow to meet changing needs.

Incarnation as the Mother of all Systemic Changes

Mothering as a Systemic Change

I never thought of mothers as masters of the process of systemic change. Yet they certainly are!

Think of it. Mothers everywhere are key agents of the transformation of helpless newborns into independent adults. Mothers help children not only visualize their dreams. Mothers help them realize their full potential so that their lives will be much better. Mothers generally take pride when their children hit milestones and deliver significant achievements in life. Mothers are role models. How many of us still live by things that our mothers taught us by word and example?

Incarnation as world-changing systemic change

To this day I recall my mother saying “Don’t make me come down and show you.” Perhaps this flashback came because I had just read the following story.

A few years ago I was trying to help my friend put together a new cabinet in the basement of her new house. She was upstairs unpacking something else, so when I called up asking her how a certain piece was supposed to connect, she started calling down directions. After several minutes of frustration with minimal success, my friend said, “Never mind, I’ll just come down and show you.”

That got me thinking about the systemic change modeled by the Incarnation. The passage in Hebrews  1:1-2 immediately came to mind.

“In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe.

This passage says to me God has been calling down directions for millennia!

That led to another realization, actually a question. Did the Word become flesh, suffer and die to change God’s mind or to change our minds? After all, God has first loved us! Even when we were furthest away. The more I thought about it the more I realized Jesus came to change our minds, not God’s!

What was his basic message? “Repent! The kingdom of God is at hand.” The root meaning of the Greek word metanoia is change, change your way of thinking. Philippians 2:5 says it clearly. “Have this mind in you that was in Christ Jesus!”   Jesus spelled it out even more clearly. “I am the Way!” “I have come to bring good news to the poor. (Luke 4) . “Whatever you do to the least of these you do unto me. (Mt. 25), He came to teach us that we are all sons and daughters called to live as a Trinitarian community.

The Word became flesh to show us what God’s message and way of thinking looks like when lived humanly. Jesus is the living model of world-changing systemic change.

We are called to live the systemic change of the Incarnation

Jesus is the model of living in the kingdom of God. We need only look at the lessons of his life and death. “Do this in memory of me!” “Wash one another’s feet as I have washed yours.”

This is putting on the mind of Christ. How different this mind is from the mind of the world that implicitly lives by “a me first mentality”, grasping power, comfort and security.

“Keep Christ in Christmas” is more than a slogan of the culture wars. It is a challenge to live with the mind of Christ. “Put on the mind of Christ.”

Vincent had his own practical way of expressing this systemic change of our way of thinking. “Let us love God, brothers, let us love God, but let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brows” We have many contemporary ways of saying it. Among them, “Put your money where your mouth is!”

Let us buy into the systemic change of thinking Jesus came to show us.

Reflection questions changing my mind


  • Do I understand the Incarnation as God coming among us to teach us how to live in the Kingdom?
  • Do I understand the Incarnation as a call to put on the mind of Christ?
  • How willing am I to radically change my way of thinking?

This post first appeared on FamVin.

Christmas Greeting from the General Curia of the Congregation of the Mission

The latest edition of NUNTIA, the bulletin of the General Curia of the Congregation of the Mission, sends Christmas and New Years greetings to the confreres of the Congregation of the Mission and the whole Vincentian Family, with a few words from the members of the community of the General Curia.



At the bottom of this page you will find the links to download this NUNTIA number in PDF version or to read it online at Scribd.com, in several languages.

Fr. TOMAŽ MAVRIČ CM – Superior General

Love is inventive unto infinity and as a result we find everything that we need in the Eucharist!

When we participate in the Eucharist, when we adore and contemplate Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, when we meditate, listen to and speak to Jesus present in the tabernacle, it is then that we encounter Jesus in the different moments of his life … that is we encounter Jesus at the time of his conception, at the time that he lived in the womb of his mother, Mary, at the time of his birth … yes, it is an opportunity to encounter Jesus.

May this Christmas season unite us more intimately to God’s love. Vincent stated, love is inventive unto infinity; and God great love is revealed in the manner in which God loves all people, all men and women.

May we search for the child Jesus in the Eucharist, in our adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and as we pray before the tabernacle … Jesus awaits us with an infinite love that knows no boundaries!

Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!

Fr. JAVIER ÁLVAREZ CM– Vicar General

May the mystery of the Incarnation enable us to understand the greatness of our vocation!! Blessed Christmas!!

Fr. MATHEW KALLAMMAKAL CM – Assistant General

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all peace and joy in this joyous season.

Fr. AARÓN GUTIÉRREZ CM – Assistant General

I believe that all of us, like Vincent, want to see our hearts transformed. My prayer is that all of us will have experienced a profound conversion during the season of Advent and that therefore, during this Christmas season we are filled with great joy and happiness that enables us, like Jesus, to incarnate ourselves into the world of the poor. Let us then walk with the poor in their struggle for liberation, and as we proclaim in the Eucharist, let us do this for Christ, with Christ and in Christ.

Fr. MILES HEINEN CM – Assistant General

The Lord came as one of us to show us that we can trust the love of God! May it free us to love the poor!

Fr. ZERACRISTOS JOSIEF CM – Assistant General

Dear Brother/Sister

Where and how should I receive the King of Peace? The Baby Jesus is a naked King who “sits in the dust” in the silence of Bethlehem. He is a “King without a throne” coming to visit you as poor to be hospitalized and accepted.

Fr. GIUSEPPE TURATI CM – Secretario General

May this Christmas season find us more and more like the One who came among us to save us … may it find us more simple, more humble, more holy, more charitable and happier … filled with God’s love. Indeed, may this Christmas season enable us to draw closer to the poor and to do so with the same tenderness that we would express when holding a new born child in our arms.

Fr. GIUSEPPE GUERRA CM – Postulator General

The Nativity is not some action that occurred long ago. Jesus is always coming to us and we have experienced that during this Jubilee Year as we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the origin of our charism … yes, Jesus is our light and our peace!


The mystery of the Incarnation becomes present to us through Jesus’ coming among us.  May  this Christmas season fill us with many blessing.

Merry Christmas!!

Fr. GIUSEPPE CARULLI CM – Superior at the Curia General

This is a very special Christmas for all Vincentians, especially as we approach the conclusion of the Jubilee Year during which time we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the origin of our charism. The feast of the Nativity is also a special celebration because we recall in the manner in which “the least of God’s children” are cared for, for example, foreigners and refugees (the Curia is going to initiate a new project and the land surrounding the residence is going to be used in order to offer greater care to refugees). Therefore, this Christmas season becomes a time to extend a welcome to the least among us. My hope is that all will enjoy a blessed Christmas as they come to a deeper understanding of openness and welcoming. Merry Christmas.

Feliz Navidad 2017.

Fr. PAUL PARACKAL CM – Econome General

Christmas is God giving God to us in human form. We celebrate this great gift. May the new born bless us with peace, joy and lots of happiness.


May the spirit of the Christmas fill your life with peace, joy and love. I wish you all merry Christmas and Happy new year.

Br. MARTIAL TATCHIM FOTSO CM – Librarian, Archivist

May Our Lord, who has chosen to be born in a manger, gives every Vincentian the graces of humility and simplicity in our relationships between us, for the sake of the Church and salvation of humanity.

Fr. JORGE LUIS RODRIGUEZ CM – Director of the Communications Office
A star shining brightly in the heaven proclaims to the world that today is Christmas.May the celebration of the birth of Our Savior fill our hearts with joy and peace and generosity and increase in us a desire for service and love on behalf of our brothers and sister. Merry Christmas!!

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Evergreen Vincentian Resources at Christmas

nativityThere are plenty of fine spiritually nourishing resources making the rounds.

The list keeps growing. Here are some places to start.

If Jesus is the reason…

Video Reflections

Vincentian approaches to gift-giving


FamVin  posts of Christmas past





Christmas Greeting from Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM to the Vincentian Family

Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and successor of St. Vincent de Paul, congratulates the entire Vincentian Family on these important dates, when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and conclude the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian charism:

Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM asks “How can we not be grateful to the Lord for this year 2017 when we were able to celebrate our Jubilee for the 400 years of our Vincentian Charism?”

The Birth of Jesus in Interfaith Perspective

By Deutsch: Werkstatt Sebastian Winterhalder, Rötenbach, Schwarzwald ; edited by Eugenio Hansen, OFS, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30023280

An Interfaith perspective on the birth of Jesus: A Woman’s Tale of a Radical Reliance on Nothing but God


 4th in a Series on Mary & Interfaith Dialogue offered by Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick, CSJ, Ph.D.




No Wisemen, No Shepherds, No Joseph! …


Both the Bible and the Quran record the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. However, the accounts are radically different. We as Catholics are well-versed in the details surrounding the nativity – complete with shepherds, wisemen, sheep and of course, Joseph – the doting husband! We are comforted by Christmas cards showing the support group surrounding Mary as she welcomes Jesus into the world! Over the centuries, the scant information given to us by Matthew and Luke have become so embellished that we can even picture the “Little Drummer Boy” – in the background offering his music as a gift to the newborn child.


Yet, the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in the Quran are radically different. In the Muslim tradition – Mary is totally alone! The Quran tells us that when Mary knew her time had come – she left the comfortable surroundings of the temple – and “Went off to a distant land to be alone!”


The Birth of Jesus


“When her time came, she withdrew to a remote place” (Surah 19:22). [Surah is the term for a chapter of the Qur’an.]


 One can only wonder why? Why didn’t she stay in the comfort of her temple enclosure and call for her cousin Elizabeth or Hannah, her Mother to come help her at such a difficult time? Could it be that Mary was keenly aware of the scandal that would emerge once word spread that she was with child? Was it fear of being stoned to death for the crime of being unchaste? Was it the realization of her own inadequacy? We will never know what motivated Mary to seek refuge in the isolation of the desert. But we do know that she had complete faith that God would not abandon her.


The Humanity of Mary – The Quran speaks of Labor Pains!


The Quran is silent as to the “Why” she chose to be totally alone. However, Muslim scripture gives us an additional insight into Mary’s humanity which the Christian scriptures fail to mention!. The Quran records that Mary actually cried out due to the intensity of the labor pains that she was experiencing!  “And the pangs of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. Mary cried out: ‘I wish I had died before this and I had become something totally forgotten”. (Surah 19:23)

[Editor’s note – cf Rev 12:2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.]


So there she is – a young girl – maybe 15 or 16 years of age – in the middle of an arid desert. We – who live in an age with state of the art Labor & Delivery rooms – complete with Labor Coaches and epidural sedatives cannot even begin to conceive of such a trying ordeal. Against a stark and arid landscape, this young girl cries out to Allah for assistance and a voice from heaven brings solace by inviting her to eat from the date tree under which she has found shade ….


 Not only did God provide food – but – like the miracle at Lourdes, – a spring of water miraculously gushes forth to soothe her parched lips and those of her son.


Then she heard words of solace that her prayers to Allah had been answered: “Do not grieve Mary! Your Lord has placed a spring beneath you. Shake the trunk of this palm tree and it will let fall fresh dates upon which are to eat.” (Surah 19: 24-25)


Can one even begin to fathom what must have been going thru her mind at that moment? Repeatedly in the Quran, Mary expresses her complete dependence upon divine providence – and her faith has been rewarded.  “For I testify that God provides for whom He will – without limit” (Surah 3:37)


 One does not know how long Mary stayed secluded in the desert – but the Quran and the Hadiths speculate that it was her fear of returning to her people – with a child in her arms and no husband to defend her honor that caused her great trepidation. Why?


 We assume that Mary was well aware of the Laws of Moses which stipulated that the punishment for certain sexual sins was stoning to death. How was she going to explain the events that brought about the birth of this child? The Quran simply states that Mary left the desert with her child and returned to her people – where – as suspected – she was harassed and ridiculed and – once again – possessed little in her own defense except a radical belief that God would perform another miracle – which he did! (Stay tuned – to the next chapter in this series) – where the infant Jesus – performs his first miracle – while in his Mother’s arms!


Questions for Interfaith Dialogue


1. Ponder the birth narratives as recorded in the Bible and the Quran. What parallels do you find? What startles you the most?
2. Reflect on Mary’s confidence that God would not abandon her during this critical period when she almost gave way to the forces of despair (i.e. “I wish I had died before this and I had become something totally forgotten”. (Surah 19:23).
3. Read aloud the words recorded in “The Magnificat”, one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns and perhaps the earliest Marian hymn. Ask yourself “Is this not a prayer that BOTH Christians and Muslims can pray in unison”?


The Canticle of Mary


“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. / He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and His children forever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, / as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

How a Vincentian University Can Impact Its Neighbors

Fr.James Maher, President of Niagara University announces collabration to revitalize the South End of Niagara Falls.

Historically, the relationship between neighbors figuratively symbolized by “Town” and “Gown” have been mixed. The following tells the story of the positive impact of a collaborative relationship between a Vincentian University and the town of Niagara Falls. It is also a story that illustrates how the Eastern Province of the Vincentians in the United States experiences collaboration and systemic change, current emphases of the Vincentian Family as it celebrates 400 years its charism.

A brighter future is ahead for the South End of Niagara Falls, according to revitalization plans announced today by Niagara University, the city of Niagara Falls and several community partners.

The university’s Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement is leading a charge to convene several community entities in an effort to rehabilitate dilapidated housing and expand the potential for mixed-use development in designated areas of the city. (Frequent visitors to this website recognize Fr. Levesque as the former President of Niagara University and also a former Provincial of the Eastern Province of the Vincentians in the United States.)

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara’s president, said that the university is fundamentally committed to leveraging its resources and encouraging key community partners to pledge theirs as a collective means of methodically reinvigorating Niagara Falls’ main economic corridor.

“This project, consistent with our Catholic and Vincentian mission, is intended to represent a seismic shift in improving communities for our great neighbors in Niagara Falls,” Father Maher said. “We are excited to collaborate with Mayor Dyster, as well as local businesses, organizations, and city residents to buoy the economic, educational and social stability of this area.”

A U.S. Census Bureau report indicated that 42 percent of people in the 14301 zip code were living in poverty, the most in Niagara County and among the highest rates in the state.

“Time is critical to elevate the housing stock in the South End to complement and support current and committed economic development efforts in the area,” noted Patti Wrobel, executive director of the Levesque Institute. “We are absolutely intent on working with so many of our community partners and residents to recreate vibrant neighborhoods in Niagara Falls.”

The three-phase model of collective impact, incorporating 25-plus partners, will restore housing from Fourth Street to Portage Road, within the surrounding perimeter from Niagara Street to Pine Avenue. Organizers contend that the refurbishment of this corridor of homes will enhance curb appeal for potential homeowners and investors, thus spurring economic development in the city’s South End.

“At the core of our collaboration is our recognition that the three pillars for a region’s economic growth and stability are housing, education and healthcare,” said Joseph A. Ruffolo, president and CEO of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, which hosted Thursday’s press event. “Between the university and the medical center, we have the first two pillars in place. We are now pleased to join with other community partners to address the third.”

Among the many 2018 initiatives that are already planned as part of the program are a Niagara University Freshmen Day of Service that will clean up the South End’s business district on April 21; a May 16 “Rock the Block Day,” which will mobilize crews to overhaul facades and landscaping from Fourth Street to Eighth Street; and an analysis of vacant or dilapidated properties that could be fixed up and sold to employees of some of the area’s largest employers, such as Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the Niagara Falls City School District, Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara University.

Source: Niagara University


Translating the charism of Vincent – Journal of Vincentian Social Action

Fr. John Maher introduces the most recent edition of the Journal of Vincentian Social Action. He writes of this journal which seeks to translate the charism of Vincent…
“this special edition is meant to highlight two crucial factors any study of St. Vincent de Paul should manifest:  First, that Vincent’s vision and mission came from a profound spiritual experience that guided his life and work; and the Vincentian charism is a living, organic reality in today’s world. Hopefully, readers will  find this to be the case. St. Vincent offered his followers a succinct, lasting message on the meaning, purpose, and effect of what became his charism: “Love is creative unto infinity.”
In this special issue, the reader will be given a glimpse of the core meaning of the charism, its development in history, and ways it has grown,  ourished, and impacts the world, the Church, and St. John’s University.”

Journal of Vincentian Social Action (JoVSA) is a biannual peer reviewed scholarly publication engaging the local, national and global community on issues of poverty and social injustice in the service of the disadvantaged. Rooted in the Catholic and Vincentian tradition, we are dedicated to active research and direct service to those most in need. We seek to publish insight into the causes and consequences of poverty and believe that these actions can help alleviate suffering. We welcome novel research, conference proceedings, case studies, and position papers on contemporary topics that shed light on a direct route to help those in need.

Current Issue: Volume 2, Issue 3 (2017) 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism

Special Editor: John T. Maher, C.M.


Journal of Vincentian Social Action, November 2017
John T. Maher

FIRE WITHIN: The Spirituality that Sparked the Works of St. Vincent de Paul
Robert P. Maloney

Vincentian Social Justice: A Work in Progress
John E. Rybolt

Vincent de Paul and the Empowerment of Women
Louise Sullivan

Charism that Lives: Translating the Message of St. Vincent de Paul for Today’s Teacher Education
Donald McClure and Judith F. Mangione

An Alumnus Learns and Serves: Vincentian Mission in Education
Brian Crimmins

Articles submitted before February 15, 2018 will be considered for our Spring 2018 issue. Please contact Dr. Marc Gillespie, editor in chief (gillespm@stjohns.edu) if you have any questions about the submission process. An overview of the journal can be found at http://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/. Author guidelines can be found at http://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/policies.html.