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October 2 2015

New documents

New documents, submitted by two committees, were posted on our Web site.
Please click the links to view the concerned sections:

Social justice
Strategic planning

October 1 2015

Spiritual reflection for October

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section: Frederic Ozanam - The Gospel is also a Social Teaching:

“Christianity took pity on our nature: it took two rays from heaven, one is called faith and the other charity. Together they are one flame; but one is light and the other, warmth. 

To read more, please click on this link: Spiritual-Reflection-October

September 25 2015

Father Gregory Gay C.M. adresses a letter for the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul

Dear Members of the Vincentian Family,

May the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you!

On this feast of Saint Vincent de Paul I join with you in giving thanks to God for the blessing of serving God’s beloved people, especially those men and women excluded from participation in society, those people living on the peripheries, our lords and masters. We are called to serve these men and women and to find Christ in them. We are continually exhorted to not only lend our voices to their causes, but also to listen to them and to speak for them. Hopefully, as a result of our identification with them, they invite us to be their friends (cf., Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #198).

As we respond to this call to participate in the process of the New Evangelization, we, as Vincentians have a unique contribution to offer. First, during this Year of Collaboration we are presented with an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and solidarity among the almost three hundred branches of the Vincentian Family. In places where those bonds might be weak or non-existent, we are challenged to explore ways in order to establish such bonds. Such collaboration is essential if we are to continue to give witness to the reality that we are all one People of God, one Vincentian Family.

Vincent de Paul often spoke about an affective and effective process of evangelization. Our effort to make greater collaboration a reality in our midst is the best means to insure a more affective and effective outreach to the forgotten members of society.

Furthermore, I believe we have another important contribution to offer the Church as we engage in the process of the New Evangelization. In recent years we have seen different branches of the Vincentian Family join together in order to change oppressive and unjust structures that prevent people from living in a dignified manner. Our involvement in these collaborative processes of systemic change enables us to be Vincentian missionary-disciples.

Let us continue to work together in creative processes of collaborative systemic change, remembering that the final word of hope belongs to the Book of Revelation: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more (Revelation 21:1) … and may God bless us today and all the days of our life.

Your brother in Saint Vincent de Paul,
Rev. G. Gregory Gay, C.M.
Superior General


September 21 2015

Vincentian Activities group on Facebook

If you have a Facebook page, we invite you to join our Vincentian Activities group on Facebook.

Or type the following words in Facebook's seach: SSVP Canada Activities/Activités

We created this interactive social group so that Vincentians can exchange experiences and photos of their Vincentian activities. We invite you to share: home visit experiences; activities at your store or outlet - food bank - community kitchen… and any other Vincentian activity, while respecting the anonymity of those whom we serve.

Joins us and tell us how will you celebrate St. Vincent’s feast?

September 1 2015

Spiritual Reflection for September

A new spiritual reflection is available in the Spirituality section - The Face of Jesus:

A number of years ago, two of our Vincentians were making a home visit in a very poor neighbourhood. They sat and chatted with the family for quite some time. It was a wonderful visit. As they were leaving, they handed the mother a voucher for food, with a little extra as one of the children was having a birthday. Mom thanked the Vincentians. As they were about to leave the little boy ran up to them and said “Jesus doesn't come to our house, but Saint Vincent de Paul does”.

To read more, please click on this link: Spiritual-Reflection-September

August 31 2015

Our Vincenpaul-Canada will now feature a new column

Do you have questions on any topic regarding our Society?

Contact us and we will forward your questions to the appropriate committee, who will reply in a future issue.

Moreover, the Education and Formation Committee will publish an article in every issue of the magazine. If you have ideas on topics that you would like to read about, we would like to hear from you. Via e-mail at, regular mail at Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, National Council of Canada, 2463 Innes Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1B 3K3, or by fax at 613 837-7375.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Your cooperation is much appreciated. 

July 23 2015

AGA 2015 - Photos

Click on this link to view the AGA 2015 photo album:

AGA-2015 Photo-Album

July 20 2015

PowerPoint Presentation - Twinning-Peru

A workshop on The Benefits of Twinning was presented at the 2015 National AGA held at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON  in June. The workshop was drafted and delivered by Sr. Carmela Addante, Coordinator, ICG Twinning Commission – Americas. The workshop included a PPP segment given by an invitee, Mrs. Rosalbina (‘Vina’), member of the Conferencia Medalla Milagrosa, Lima, Peru. This conference is twinned with a conference in Hamilton, Ontario.  Participants were very touched par Vina’s presentation and convinced of the benefits of twinning. A French version of the workshop was presented separately by Bro. Clermont Fortin. The video with sound of Vina’s presentation is available here: Twinning-Workshop-Peru

If your conference or council is interested by an External Twinning with any of our designated receiver countries (Antigua, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago) please fill this form: Application for Twinning.

July 8 2015

The Year of Vincentian Collaboration: Let's Get Started

Fr. Greg Gay has invited the Vincentian Family to celebrate a “Year of Collaboration” from the Feast of Pentecost, May 24, 2015 to the Feast of Pentecost, May 15, 2016. Our theme is “Together in Christ we Vincentians make a Difference.”

Here are some new materials published recently on the famvin network.


June 9 2015

AGA registration

Online registration will be closed Friday.

Once the online registration is closed, please contact Jason Hunt at or 519-722-3374 to register.