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December 8 2014

Prayers needed Marie Hunter

Don Hunter has been a pillar in SSVP.  Don was urged by his wife Marie to join St. Cecilia’s SSVP in Calgary.  Don was instrumental in expanding the Society.  He served as President on three levels.  He was such a part of the Vincentian family and enjoyed his term on National as Western Regional President.  He fought for Calgary, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Territories to become a Regional and won after much persuasion.  He worked well with National even after his retirement from leadership he continued to do home visits.  Don and Marie have been great Advocates for the poor.  He was asked to sit on the committee to rewrite the Rule and Canadian Statutes.  He worked diligently.  He has served us well.

Now in this time of need, his dear wife has 4th stage cancer and has been diagnosed terminal and has not much time.  She inspired Don and all of us in Calgary with her compassion.  Ironically she volunteered for Palliative care and comforted those who were dying.  Please pray for Marie to have a peaceful passing and enjoy the room God has prepared for her.  Also pray for Don, and the family.  May Marie and Don feel the gentle caress of Jesus during this time of need.

December 8 2014

Prayers needed - Eva Bédard

Claude Bédard's wife, Eva, has been ill for about eight weeks now. It started out with a severe bout of diverticulitis and a hiatus hernia. She could not eat and suffered from a loss of energy and weight (40 pounds). She underwent a CT-scan on December 4th along with major blood work, and she was finally taken to the emergency on December 5th. She received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer that had already spread to her stomach. More tests were required, including a biopsy, to confirm if cancer has spread further. Her doctor is trying to arrange for a bed in Victoria. Bro. Marek visited her to administer the sacraments, Anointing of the sick and the Eucharist.

Please keep her in your prayers.

Claude Bédard is National Council Vice President.

December 1 2014

Spiritual reflection for December

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section:  A proper celebration of Christmas

Near Annapolis Royal in the province of Nova Scotia is located the National Historic Park of Port Royal. It is fair to say that the first truly Christmas celebration in what was to become Canada took place in 1605 at the newly constructed fort, Port Royal. 

To read more, please click on this link: Spiritual Reflection December 2014

November 3 2014

Spiritual Reflection for November

Jesus calls us to love one another as He loves us. Friendship is the most spiritual of loves. Jesus told the Apostles that he did not consider them as serpents but as friends. Friendship is characterized by mutual caring and usually involves loyal support and a shared view of the world. Friends help each other achieve what is good. Ultimately, friends help us find God because the love between friends is from God who is love.

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

October 22 2014

International General Council's Newsletter

Please click on this link to read the Newsletter: CGI-Sept-Oct-2014-Eng

October 20 2014

Strategic Planning Survey

We invite all Vincentiens to complete a brief survey that will help the Strategic Plan Committee in developing a five-year plan to be presented at the 2015 AGA, in Hamilton.

Once completed, please send it to our Ottawa office before November 16, 2014, to the address indicated on the form or by email (

This survey is published in the Fall edition of the Vincenpaul-Canada, available soon.

You may also complete the survey electronically; click on the survey link below.  You can save the document and send it by email ( or click on the ‘’Send by Email’’ button on the top of the PDF page.  

Strategic Planning Survey

Thank you!

October 2 2014

Spiritual Reflection for October

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

THE WORD “LOOK”… IN GENERAL - As a verb, it refers to the act of directing the eyes towards an object, a location, a person to observe. As a name, it refers to the expression in the eyes of someone, the way that person looks at people and things.

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

September 29 2014

Healthy Eating Out of a Food Bank

The Fall edition of the "Healthy Eating Out of a Food Bank" pamphlet is now available on our website under "Vincentian Life" in the "Special Projects" section.

Follow this link: Healthy-Eating-Fall-2014

September 26 2014

Canada Revenue Agency

Several conferences have contacted us about the letter from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) concerning the new Canada not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act). Note that this letter was sent to all charities in Canada, whether incorporated under a federal law or not. So the fact of receiving this type of letter does not mean in itself that the charity does not comply. Only the National Council of Canada is incorporated nationally. Conferences do not have to send documents to the CRA regarding this application. 

September 22 2014

Commissioning Ceremony

St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day, September 27, would be the ideal time to renew the commission of all the members of your Conference or Council “to go to the poor with love”.  Please click this link: Commissioning Ceremony to download the Commissioning Ceremony leaflet.