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April 4 2015

Happy Easter


April 1 2015

Spiritual Reflection for April

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section: Easter 2015

As I look back on the many early Easter mornings, when, after rubbing sleep out of my eyes, I opened the parish church to inaugurate the radiant Easter morning, the liturgies of Good Friday were in the past, much like a bad dream.

To read more, please click on this link: Easter-2015

March 29 2015


On Thursday, March 26, 2015, John Chin of Edmonton passed away peacefully with family and friends by his side, at the age of 74 years. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Jacqueline (Bill) Cheavins and her mom Angela Chelliah; brother Sebastian and family as well as nieces, nephews and many dear friends. 

John was a devoted father and deeply enjoyed helping those in need through his charitable works with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

John has been with SSVP since it’s early start up in Edmonton almost 20 years ago. He served as President of the Basilica Conference, Chairman of the Grants Committee, Chairman of the Building Committee, and most recently Co Chair of the SSVP National AGA in Edmonton in 2014. 

A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Joseph's Basilica, 10044-113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta. 

For those who wish, charitable donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Edmonton Central Council Building Fund, PO Box 11532 Station Main, Edmonton, AB T5J 3K7. 

March 7 2015

SSVP Twinning - Facebook Group

If you have a Facebook page, we invite you to join our Twinning group on Facebook. Please click on this link:

Or type the following words in Facebook's seach: SSVP Canada Twinning-Jumelage

We created this group so that Vincentians can exchange their twinning experiences and photos. This group is an interactive social network. If possibile, invite your twins to join this group. This group is an additional tool and will not replace the regular correspondence between the National Council of Canada and its conferences.

March 6 2015

The Season of Lent

During this Holiest of all seasons most of us try and do something special in remembrance of what the Father has done for us. Many “give up” something we enjoy in respect of the season. I am confident that our God is pleased that we make these scarifies. Our God of love and compassion would also want us to give to one another and to love one another. One way to show that love is to pray for one another. There are many people who are suffering and being persecuted in our world and we need to pray for them. We are asking all members to take time each day and remember and pray for all who are suffering.

May the Peace of Christ be with all of us and may He hold all of us in the palm of His hand.

March 5 2015

Emmanuel Bailly Scholarship

It is now time to select another recipient for the Emmanuel Bailly Scholarship.

The Emmanuel Bailly Scholarship is an initiative of the National Council of Canada of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. It was created to reward young Vincentians who have to combine their studies and volunteer work. In addition to attending school and often working part time, young Vincentians find time and energy to help the less privileged of their community.  The National Council of Canada wishes to reward them, for exceptional contribution, by offering a bursary of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) in Canadian currency and a merit certificate.

The scholarship is awarded to a Vincentian student who clearly stood out during the year.  The bursary is to help the recipient pursue his/her studies and fulfil professional ambitions. 

The National Council must receive all application materials by March 31 of each year.

Applications are accepted by mail to the National Council office or email to Applications submitted by email are to be sent as a PDF document. 

For information and application, please download PDF document: APPLICATION


March 3 2015

Spiritual Reflection for March

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section:


When the first conferences of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul were established in France, the religious context was not much more faith oriented than it is today. Frederic Ozanam and his companions, in response to political and religious turmoil of his time, and finding inspiration in the gestures and actions of Saint Vincent de Paul, give the Christian faith meaning and a place, thus participating in a new evangelization through charitable service.

To read more, please click on this link: March-2015

March 2 2015

Registration AGA 2015 - Hamilton ON

You can now register online for the AGA 2015 in Hamilton.

Please click on this link: Registration-AGA

February 25 2015


Please click on this link to read the Newsletter: ICG-Jan-Feb-2015
And this link to read Pope Francis Lent 2015 letter : Lent-2015


February 2 2015

Spiritual Reflection for February - The Look… part 2

Here is the second text of the serie « The Look »: Servien in Spe, Through eyes of: Joy, Justice, and Charity. 

Are my welcome and my compassion, attitudes of joy and hope, or are they an inquisitive look that make me act as a judge of conformity with established standards and procedures?

How do I look at foreigners? How did Vincent de Paul, Frederic Ozanam and his companions, as well as Rosalie Rendu welcome the others and sympathize with their suffering?

And Jesus, how was he welcoming, compassionate towards those who suffer?

To read the entire text, please click on this link: The Look… 2