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September 28th, 2008

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06:07 am - Vincentians
When Vincent de Paul founded communities of priests, brothers, and sisters, he did so with the firm belief that they were to be active, vibrant forces for good in the Church and society. The shared life of prayer and community gives depth and strength to the mission of service to the poor in Jesus’ name. Unlike monastic and cloistered communities set apart from society, Vincent saw the wisdom of strength in numbers: “Let us love God, my brothers, but let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brow.”

The mission- “to preach the Good News to the poor”- is both challenge and reward of community life. It is a constant challenge to be ready to serve Jesus in the poor wherever one is called to go forth. It is a reward to have brothers who join you in prayer, work, and community life as a support for living out that mission.

What binds Vincentians together in living this mission are vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The vows are a promise to God as well as a pledge to the community to trust totally in God and to support one another in prayer, ministry, and community life. Like community life, the vows are also for mission, as they include a promise that “I will spend the rest of my life evangelizing the poor.”

We serve Christ’s poor in our ministries of preaching, teaching, seminary and missionary work, wherever the Lord calls us. We serve in North/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. God has provided our community with faith-filled priests and brothers to bring Jesus’ Good News of God’s love. But there is much more to do. We need to form men of prayer and action to continue the work of Jesus. Allow Jesus to touch your heart and you will do great things! (source)

To learn more about the Vincentians, please visit their website.

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