What Is the Vincentian Family’s Best kept Secret?

Best kept secrets

Who can forget the “treasure map” of  Robert Louis Stenson’s Treasure Island? There are certainly lots of best-kept secrets. They range from the secret ingredient in Coco-Cola to how to fold the Hapsburg Napkin pictured below. And who can forget the “treasure map” of Treasure Island?

The “Hapsburg Napkin” – Do you know how to fold this?

The way napkins are folded at Austrian state events is a closely guarded secret that only two people know who pass it on to someone else before they die.

Closer to home… for many years we have referred to the Church’s Social Teaching as its best-kept secret.

Sssh! The Vincentian Family is not without its best-kept secrets.

Many people were surprised that the Eastern Province Miraculous Medal Facebook page has 3 million followers.

Here is another major secret.

Rather than read about it in words just look at the following treasure map. Click on the picture to open the map to this treasure trove of readily accessible insights about what makes Vincentians tick.

A picture worth a thousand links

Just click on the graphic to access this treasure map! (Please be sure to bookmark it or you may not be able to find it again!)

Click on the graphic to be taken into the cave of treasures!

Vincentian Impact In Brooklyn Officially Recognized

The President of the Borough of Brooklyn New York officially recognized and thanked the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers of the Eastern Province for impacting the communities of the Borough of Brooklyn.

Whereas, on behalf of all Brooklynites, I salute the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers of the Eastern Province for serving a myriad of ministries along the eastern United States coast, from Maine to Panama, for 170 years; I applaud the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers of the Eastern Province for impacting our communities through education in New York City, as well as for their work with immigrants and the care of the poor and marginalized of society, including their many charitable ministries in the name of  St. Vincent de Paul, especially in Brooklyn; I commend the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers of the Eastern Province for making a positive impact on the lives of others; and I thank everyone for all that you have done to touch and improve the lives of many, helping to move out communities forward as One Brooklyn.

The official citation took place on the occasion of the Vincentian community receiving the Paul O’Dwyer Award. The award was presented by Brian O’Dwyer, son of the late Paul O’Dwyer. Brian O’Dwyer will be serving as Grand Marshall of the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The award, given to people who have exemplified outstanding service, faith, and integrity in New York. The celebration ceremony was hosted in Borough Hall by the Irish-American Heritage Committee and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President.

Fr. Joseph Foley, CM, who hails from County Sligo, Ireland accepted the award in the names of Fr. Stephen Grozio, CM the current Provincial.. He’s a great promoter of Irish Culture—with an affinity for Irish literature and traditional Irish music. Fr. Foley has also acted as the United Nations Representative for the international community of Vincentians.

Fr. Foley exhibiting his classic Irish wit

Learn more about one of the major ministries celebrated in this award.

Following the spirit of their founder, St. Vincent de Paul, the Vincentians are engaged in many forms of ministry to the poor, marginalized, and abandoned throughout the state of New York—and well beyond its borders. From serving diverse communities of faith—Latin American, Vietnamese, and even the indigenous Ngäbe in the Panamanian forest—to championing the needs of the underserved, the Vincentians of the Eastern Province have been sharing the good news of Christ, living amongst and serving the poor, for more than 170 years.

 

Vincentian Education Changed a CEO’s life… and is Changing Our World

The experience of Vincentian Education helped Brian Crimmins, CEO of Changing Our World, discover that he was seeking not just to make a living but to enable others to make their way in life. It is a story that carries echos of Vincent who changed his life goal… and changed the lives of countless of others.

Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities
Mr. Brian Crimmins, an accomplished SJU alumnus, is the Chief Executive Officer of Changing our World, a leading philanthropic fund-raising consulting firm. He generously shares his own story of how his parents’ values and the Vincentian charism at St. John’s University moved him from a goal for a career in sports management to leadership in philanthropic fund-raising in the human services sector of non-profit organizations. Brian has much experience assisting non-profits develop strategic plans and fund-raising for their stability and growth. His ideas are in line with how Vincent de Paul assisted groups delivering service to the poor, encouraging them to do so with competence, consistency, and compassion.

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

Changing Our World is 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.

PS I consider myself privileged to have known Brian and his late father during my years teaching at St.John’s University.

Mary Knew the Ordinariness of Life

Recently I was called on to preach the Monday Miraculous Medal Novena. The topic assigned was Mary and the Poor. My first inclination was to focus on her amazing Magnificat.  As I prepared my reflections I remembered that Mary knew the ordinariness of life. Yes, she is the mother of Jesus. But we can not forget that she was a mother in the historical circumstances of her day. She was poor and because of that her faith and yeses are all the more a model for us today.

Mary lived an ordinary life and responded with extraordinary faith! (Image from FreeBibleImages)

Mary and the Poor – Let’s not forget Mary WAS poor

I am often in the sanctuary of the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. Lately, I find myself distracted by the 20-foot paintings of Mary at the Annunciation and the Birth of Jesus above the tabernacle wall and the amazing replica of the Pieta when I look to my left.

In the two huge paintings nothing is out of place. Mary looks completely at peace. There are no wrinkles in her robes. Even the shepherds/peasants seem dressed up.

One could be forgiven for thinking that Mary lived a simple life of relative ease and had everything under control

When I turn to the Pieta, I see a mother who has not aged in thirty years! I wonder whether she might have had an “immaculate complexion”… But she is clearly in pain at the suffering and death of her son.

In both directions, Mary is frozen in time, a time sometime in the late Middle Ages or the Renaissance.  Or, more to my point today, she seems to be outside time and the messiness of life. Is that why such paintings are used on Christmas cards?

It then dawned on me that the artist pictured Mary in the circumstance of his imagination rather than the circumstances of a young Jewish teenager 2000 years ago.

Then it hit me. She was herself poor! She faced what so many of us face in life, she was a real person.

The scriptures give us some wonderful insights into her spirituality, but it is only recently that we have we gotten a sense of the historical Mary, the Mary who lived in poverty… just as so many do in the world today.

The circumstances of her life

She belonged to the peasant class. Their life was grinding, with a triple tax burden: to Rome, to Herod the Great and to the temple.

She was probably about 13 or so but she certainly did not have a cell phone or someone to drive her to visit her cousin Elizabeth.

She was a peasant. We forget she walked the hill country of Judea by herself while pregnant, gave birth in a stable using a feeding trough as a crib, as today poor refugees use cardboard boxes and other homemade artifacts as makeshift beds for newborn infants.

When she made a four- or five-day journey on foot to Jerusalem once a year or so, she slept in the open country like other pilgrims. At home she struggled to make do.

She was a mother who lived through the ordinary trials of raising a young boy. (Yes, Jesus was once a young boy who had to grow… in wisdom, age and grace!)

Her mother’s heart may have been bursting with pride that he was drawing people to follow him as he preached the good news of the kingdom to her friends and neighbors. But her mother’s heart broke as she watched him plotted against by the church of her day, unjustly accused, beaten mercilessly … and nailed to a cross.

What did she feel when she saw a confused bunch of men hiding in an upper room while trying to make sense of their disappointment?

All of these forgotten truths about Mary do not show up in most artists imagination.

As I prayed about her real life, I realized more clearly than ever her amazing faith!

She was not a daughter of privilege in her life. I can see clearly now that she knew the messiness and stress of life… she was human, one of us.

She was an ordinary teenager who God looked on in very her ordinariness and choose to be the mother of Jesus. Just as her Son, she had to grow in wisdom, age and grace.

She was not unlike so many women in thousands of villages as they exist today in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Her daily life and labor were hard. With Joseph, she raised Jesus in oppressive circumstances, struggling to pay the taxes by which the rich became richer at the expense of the poor. As with the vast majority of people in world history, most of Mary’s difficult life went unrecorded.

Knowing all this I feel closer to her.

What was different about her? What was different about her was that when God called in the ordinariness of life, she answered with deep faith… not knowing what it would mean and how much her mother’s heart would be broken.

She was one of us. She lived in messy times, she did not understand but she trusted in her God in the ordinary and extraordinary events of her life.

Looking beyond the Christmas card Mary allows me to see more clearly that she is not only the mother of Jesus but why the church constantly reminds us she is a model of faith for today in the messiness of our lives.

Mary and the Poor. Let’s remember that Mary was poor… like us… and models for us responses to God’s call in the ordinariness of our lives.

Mary was faithful in the midst of the ordinariness and confusion of her life.

She said yes in her confusion at the Annunciation… and countless other yeses in the midst of her life.

That both comfortsand challenges me in the ordinariness and confusion of my life.

(For a more in-depth expression of these ideas, visit an article written by former Superior General Robert Maloney, CM in America Magazine. “The Historical Mary”)

 

Niagara Faculty Member’s Mission to Explain Vincentian Saints

A Niagara Faculty member seems to have anticipated a recent letter from the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission urging Vincentians world-wide to renew and deepen their relationship with Vincentian Saints, Blessed, Venerable, and Servants of God of the Vincentian Family around the world as models of the Vincentian charism and spirituality. 

In a recent article in the National Catholic Register, Saints You Should Know About, Kevin Di Camillo writes

One of the blessings of teaching at Niagara University, founded by the Vincentian Fathers, is that one is surrounded by buildings named after saints—and not surprisingly, more often than not, these saints are Vincentians.

Niagara’s central building is “Saint Vincent’s Hall” after the founder of the Lazarists (yet another name for the Vincentians), Saint Vincent de Paul. I’ve written about him here. The nearby De Marillac Hall is named after St. Louise de Marillac, his co-foundress of the Daughters of Charity.

He then goes on to explain other buildings on campus whose namesakes may not be as well-known.

St. Francis Regis Clet

But there are other buildings on campus whose namesakes are not as well-known. For example, Clet Hall was named for Saint Francis Regis Clet (pronounced “Clay”)… he sought and was granted permission to travel to China—that most impenetrable of anti-Christian countries—to bring the Good News.

Fr. Clet adopted the dress and mien of the locals, going so far as to grow a “Fu-Manchu” beard-and-moustache in order to embed himself in his adopted Chinese culture—a culture he lived in for three decades. From 1790-1820—nearly a full generation—Fr. Clet worked unceasingly to bring the Christian message to China…

St. Catherine Labouré

Also on Niagara’s campus is Laboure Hall, named after Saint Catherine Labouré (1806-1876), who was known the world over for her visions and the “Miraculous Medal.”

It’s been said that, until the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, no sacramental since the Holy Rosary itself had had such an immediate and far-reaching impact on the Church—and none had ever been diffused in such incredible numbers, with tens of millions of medal wearers all over the world…

St. John Gabriel Perboyre

Another building named for a Vincentian Saint is Perboyre Hall, after St. John Gabriel Perboyre, (1802-1840). Like St. Francis Regis Clet, St. John was a Frenchman who became a missionary to China. He followed both his brother, Louis, and his Uncle, Jacques, into the Congregation of the Mission….

The impact of a Niagra education on two future saints.

He concludes by pointing out that there is Our Lady of the Angels Chapel—the very chapel where two classmates, Ven. Nelson H. Baker and Ven. Michael McGivney (the founder of the Knights of Columbus)—prayed. Though they are not members of the Vincentians, they are alumni who are perhaps en route to canonization as I wrote of here.

[Kevin Di Camillo writes regularly for The National Catholic Register and is a Lecturer in English Literature at Niagara University. His latest book is Now Chiefly Poetical, and with Rev. Lawrence Boadt he edited John Paul II in the Holy Land: In His Own Words. His work has been anthologized in Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian-Americana, and he was awarded the Foley Poetry Prize from America Magazine. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he regularly attends Yale University’s School of Management Publishing Course.]

The “Rock” on the St. John’s University Bench

The “Rock” on the bench during an exciting, but also stormy, season for the St. John’s University men’s basketball team has been Fr. Richie  Rock, CM of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission.

An article in the Brooklyn Tablet, “St. John’s Priest Is a ‘Rock’ for Athletes” profiles Fr. Richie Rock, CM. After pointing out that he sits on the bench with some very high profile Hall of Fame coaches, the article describes Fr. Richie sitting at the other end of the bench as a “guiding influence, watching and praying enthusiastically for the student-athletes to do their best.”

Father Richard Rock, C.M., leads the St. John’s men’s basketball team in prayer before a game. (Photo courtesy Father Richard Rock)

The insightful article by Jim Mancari captures his contribution well.

The team’s spiritual “rock” is Father Richard Rock, C.M., is the campus minister for athletics at St. John’s. As a Vincentian, he weaves the college’s mission of serving the poor into his daily interactions with the Red Storm student-athletes.

Some further highlights from the article…

His day-to-day responsibilities are centered on establishing relationships with the student-athletes to show them what St. John’s University is all about as a Catholic, Vincentian, faith-based university…

He tries to spend as much time as possible with all the Red Storm teams. During basketball season, he travels with the men’s team. Not only does he get to sit on the bench, but he also addresses the team in prayer during either their pregame meal for home games or on the team bus for away games…

In his pregame talks, his message to the players is usually a simple one: Always be thankful for your coaches, teammates, supporters of the university and the opportunity to play high-level Division I college basketball on the national stage…

“I remind them that talent is a God-given gift,” Father Rock said. “I say that to all the athletes and coaches. I also say that we are at our best when we’re thankful for what God gave us.”…

Just like he did in Philadelphia, Father Rock has made it his mission to work with the poor. He involves the student-athletes in community service projects, such as visiting the soup kitchen at St. John’s Bread & Life, Bedford-Stuyvesant…

“It’s not about charity; it’s about doing justice,” he said. “I tell them that every person – even the poorest person they meet – has a name, has a face and has a history. I always remind them to never forget about the homeless people in New York.”

All of us associated in any way with the Mission of the Eastern Province draw comfort that this “rock” who sits on the bench is always about the mission.

For more about Father Richie visit the full article in the Brooklyn Tablet “St. John’s Priest Is a ‘Rock’ for Athletes”

“Heart, Love & Soul” and the Vincentian Mission in Niagara Falls

 Before “Vincentian Family” and “collaboration” were Vincentian buzzwords, people in the city of Niagara Falls knew that collaboration was the only effective response. That response was “Heart, Love & Soul.”

 

A community-led, collaborative response to hunger and poverty that was begun 40 years ago by local lay leaders, and joined by area religious including Vincentian priests, brothers, seminarians, the Daughters of Charity and staff and students of Niagara University is moving to a new level of transformative service.

Watch as Fr. Joseph Levesque, CM President Emeritus of Niagara University makes the Vincentian Connection

 

A February 15 press conference announced the launch of a capital campaign to support Heart, Love & Soul (HLS) and its planned Daybreak program.

HLS’s “Daybreak” will build upon current HLS services – including a food pantry, daily meal service, case management, and care coordination – expanding the collaboration by providing additional basic services and dedicated space for partner agencies to deliver client services directly onsite.

“We are excited to move forward on this needed initiative that is the result of years of planning by many service agencies in the Niagara Falls community,” said Sr. Beth Brosmer, Executive Director of HLS. “By bringing a variety of services together in one accessible location, we can improve the effectiveness of our efforts and make a greater collective impact on our community and individuals in need.”

Fr. Grozio Reflects On His Experience at World Youth Day

Father Stephen Grozio, CM,  the Visitor of the USA Eastern Province shares with us his letter to Confreres of his Province after the conclusion of the Vincentian Youth Meeting (EJV). It took place from January 18 to 20 in Panama prior to the World Youth Day (JMJ).  As has already been published on this site, our confrere Joe Fitzgerald play a major role and commended by name by the Pope.

January 29, 2019

Dear Confreres,

Although I was not able to stay in Panama and participate in all of the World Youth Day (WYD) events, the experience was impressive. From the moment one arrived in Panama, it was obvious that the entire country was filled with expectation and enthusiasm. Everyone you spoke with was excited by the Pope’s visit, and signs for JMJ 2019 (Jornada Mundial de Jovenes = WYD) were everywhere. Even businesses had signs in their windows, some indicating that they were sponsors or benefactors of the event.

As was mentioned in last week’s letter, St. Mary’s Parish was a registration center for some 4,000 pilgrims arriving for WYD. Special recognition must be given to the parishioners, who formed a well-trained and well-coordinated team of about 30-40 volunteers. They greeted everyone with warmth and joy, and competently solved every problem the pilgrims had. They worked long hours without complaining. On Monday night, after most of the volunteers had gone home, another busload of pilgrims arrived and the remaining volunteers stayed to help them until about 2:30 a.m. Their welcoming attitude, strong sense of mission, dedication to the task, competent preparation, and joyful spirit were evident in all of the volunteers for the WYD and contributed to the unity, joy, and faith shared by all.

Since Pope Francis did not arrive until Wednesday evening, Teodoro Justavino and I helped to staff the Vincentian Family exhibit at the Vocation Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. It was an opportunity to meet many people and speak with them one-on-one. A few were seriously considering religious life. The fair was located in a large city park which was also the site for concerts, conversation, cultural exhibits, confessions, and Eucharistic Adoration. A special joy of being at the fair was bumping into youth who were at the Vincentian and Indigenous gatherings. They all felt welcome at our Vincentian Family exhibit, rightly so, since they are members.

On Wednesday evening, the confreres in Balboa watched the Pope’s motorcade on television, but the parish volunteers took a short walk to a nearby highway to see our Pontiff pass by. This was very important for them because, as a television commentator pointed out, this will be the only opportunity most of the Panamanian people will ever have to see the Pope.

The Pope’s visit was also having an effect on our confreres in Panama and on the pilgrims. One of the pilgrims from St. John’s University who attended the Vincentian WYD told me that she only knew the people there for two days, but she felt that they had been friends for a long time. A confrere from Panama admitted that he had not been enthused about the prospect of WYD, but after seeing how parishioners, especially the youth, were energized by the event, he was going to help them keep that “fire” alive and to encourage them to raise funds to send parish youth leaders to the next WYD. Another confrere, Teddy Rios, mentioned that several Protestant churches in the area had generously hosted pilgrims who had come to his parish. He envisions collaborating with those churches on future projects.

By leaving Panama on Thursday, I was able to join the confreres for Friday’s celebration of Foundation Day in the Shrine. Daughters of Charity, members of the Vincentian family, affiliates, and employees of CAMM joined with us in the Eucharist. Greg Cozzubbo presided and John Freund was the homilist. Afterwards, we all went downstairs for a light luncheon. Later that evening, we had a special Feast Day meal in the refectory. On these special occasions, the confreres from St. Catherine’s Infirmary come over and join the confreres at St. Vincent’s. It is one of the ways the house promotes community living.

Some final notes. Emmet Nolan wrote that preparations are going well for the interprovincial internal seminary in Guatemala. Please keep in touch with him and keep him in your prayers. Also, here is a link to a picture from the Pope’s luncheon with youth leaders on Friday. The young woman on his right is Emilda Santo Montezuma. She is a youth leader from St. Vincent’s Parish in Soloy and wearing the traditional garb of her indigenous people. Her presence at the luncheon is an important recognition of indigenous youth by the Pope. Also included in this Notebook are pictures and a summary of events from Joe Fitzgerald.

Your brother in St. Vincent,

Fr. Stephen M. Grozio, CM
Visitor of the USA Eastern Province

A Seed Cultivated 48 Years Ago

Fr. John Maher of the Eastern Province tells the story of a seed of vocation cultivated 48 years ago by Fathers Gleason and Brandenberger. His encounter reminds us that what one sows another reaps.

Frs. Gleason and Brandenberger. (See below to enlarge this page from the booklet celebrating 100 years of our service in Panama.)

(After one of the World Youth Day Programs in Panama) I ran into Sr. Lourdes, a Daughter of Charity who is in charge of Hogar de San Jose, which serves disabled and abandoned children. Beaming with quiet joy, she told me how grateful she was to be a Daughter of Charity, and how she loved this ministry. I asked Sister how she came to know the Daughters. She pointed to me and said, “Mi vocación vino a través de tus hermanos vicentinos!”  “My vocation came through your brothers- the Vincentians!”

Sr. Lourdes said that as a young girl, both Fathers Jim Gleason and Bob Brandenberger took an interest in her when she was a member of our parish in Puerto Armuelles, They encouraged her to go to school and introduced her to Daughters who worked in a nearby health center. Forty-eight years later, Sr. Lourdes can look back with gratitude not only at her life of service as a Daughter of Charity, but to the inspiration and encouragement she received from two Eastern Province Vincentians who seemed to know something of promoting a culture of vocations why back when!

Further context

The Vincentian Youth Encounter, held January 18-20 at Hogar de San Jose, Malambo, Panama before World Youth Day (WYD) had as a goal to promote a culture of vocations for young people gathered from across the world. This is the theme developed by Fr. Tomaz Mavric, C.M. Superior General of the Vincentian Family. He has written and spoken on the need for a culture of vocations in the Congregation of the Mission, Daughters of Charity, and branches of the Vincentian Family.

There was a panel discussion devoted to this topic at the Vincentian Youth Encounter. A group made up of a Vincentian priest, a Daughter of Charity, an AIC member (Ladies of Charity), Society of St. Vincent DePaul, and MISEVI members all shared ideas and insights on a vocation based on the Vincentian charism of following Christ in the poor. They answered questions and overall, it was a worthwhile time of discussion and reflection.

After the program, I ran into Sr. Lourdes, a Daughter of Charity who is in charge of Hogar de San Jose, which serves disabled and abandoned children. Beaming with quiet joy, she told me how grateful she was to be a Daughter of Charity, and how she loved this ministry. I asked Sister how she came to know the Daughters. She pointed to me and said, “Mi vocación vino a través de tus hermanos vicentinos!”  “My vocation came through your brothers- the Vincentians!”

Sr. Lourdes said that as a young girl, both Fathers Jim Gleason and Bob Brandenberger took an interest in her when she was a member of our parish in Puerto Armuelles, They encouraged her to go to school and introduced her to Daughters who worked in a nearby health center. Forty-eight years later, Sr. Lourdes can look back with gratitude not only at her life of service as a Daughter of Charity, but to the inspiration and encouragement she received from two Eastern Province Vincentians who seemed to know something of promoting a culture of vocations why back when!

-John Maher, C.M.

Niagara University Confrere Assists International Famvin Homeless Alliance

Fr. Aidan R. Rooney, C.M., Vice-president for Mission Integration at Niagara University, presented “Using Data Well: Crafting a Solution to the Worldwide Homelessness Problem” to the Famvin Homeless Alliance conference in Rome November 28.

Fr. Rooney CM Shares at the Famvin Homeless Alliance in Rome.

His presentation unveiled the global component of Niagara’s commitment to the efforts of the international Vincentian Family. It complements Niagara’s local commitment to the eradication of street homelessness in collaboration with the Niagara County Coalition of Homeless Services and the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, which is spearheaded by Dr. Kevin Blair, and the housing stabilization efforts of the Levesque Institute facilitated Niagara Falls South End Housing Initiative.

Fr. Rooney introduced the Vincentian Family Digital Mapping project that he is working on with Dr. Yonghong Tong, assistant professor in the Computer Information Sciences Department. Given to an assembly representing 30 countries where the Vincentian Family serves, his presentation outlined the need for the collection of current data, and how the group will utilize the data for diagnosis, collaboration, response and shared learning. The data collection phase, assisted by College of Hospitality and Tourism student Camila Alvarado, begins in the Spring 2019 semester.

This work parallels the ongoing service commitments of groups of Niagara University students at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, as well as the university’s Vincentian Scholars who work at a number of community homeless service providers like Heart, Love and Soul; the St. George’s Soup Kitchen; and Community Missions. Find out more about the Vincentian Family’s FamVin Homeless Alliance at http://vfhomelessalliance.org.

Source: Niagara University