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November 26 2015

Message from Fr. Gregory Gay, C.M. for Advent 2015

We invite you to read the Message from Fr. Gregory Gay, Superior General, CM, for the Advent 2015 now on Council General International's website. Just click the link below :

November 24 2015


Our country is going through an exceptional challenge.

Canada is getting ready to welcome 25,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees, presently languishing in camps located in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The governments of Canada, the provinces and territories are currently organizing that large social and humanitarian project. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul must, with no reservation, support and contribute to that national endeavour.

Pope Francis is asking us to do so and one of the values associated to our Mission is to help in all possible ways. The Society is called first to help the poorest of the poor. Those refugees who have fled death and destruction and are scarred psychologically by the horror of civil war and terrorism are amongst the neediest right now.

I ask all councils and conferences, stores, outlets, as well as soup kitchens to come forward and advise their parish, diocese, town authorities  and local communities that the SSVP is ready to participate in welcoming the strangers that the Lord is sending our way, and facilitating their integration. 

I know that all Vincentians are very busy at this time of the year. However, we are living a particular moment of our long history, we are needed. I am asking you to organize and allocate resources to this vast national project.

Many thanks for all the work accomplished since the beginning of the year and for collaborating to this new project.

May God bless you,

Jean-Noël Cormier
National President 

November 18 2015

Saint Paul University and SSVP bursary

Congratulations to Hannah MacFarlane, recipient of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul $5,000 bursary 

OTTAWA - Saint Paul University (SPU) and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) proudly congratulate Ms. Hannah MacFarlane on receiving a $5,000 bursary to study at SPU.

The bursary is awarded annually to an Ottawa Catholic School Board or Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario graduate who exemplifies the spirit of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. It honours students who demonstrate Catholic leadership at their school and are involved in parish activities and social justice and/or community service initiatives. Hannah MacFarlane, a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic High School (Kanata), is now a full time student at SPU in the Conflict Studies program.

We congratulate Ms. MacFarlane and wish her every success in her studies.

Saint Paul University (1848) is the founding college of the University of Ottawa, with which it has been federated since 1965. Bilingual and on a human scale, it offers programs in social communication, counselling and psychotherapy, canon law, public ethics, conflict studies, philosophy, human relations, and theology.

Photo - from left to right: Pierre Hubert, President of the Board, SSVP Central Council; Dr. Chantal Beauvais, Rector, Saint Paul University; Dick Hudson, President of the Board, SSVP Store Ottawa; James Strate, Executive Director, SSVP Store Ottawa; Hannah MacFarlane; Paul Dole, Vice-President of the Board, SSVP Store Ottawa and Bryan de Pape, Vice-President of Ottawa Central Council. 

November 16 2015

Prayer Request

Prayers are requested for Michael Burke who is dealing with a serious illness.

Vincentians here in Canada know Michael very well.  In fact Michael is well known within the entire Vincentian community through out the world.  Michael was National Vice President from 1995 to 2001 and was National President from 2001 to 2007.  In both of these positions, and as someone who knew and worked with Michael, I can assure you that Michael's first priority was to serve Christ's poor every where he went.

Please keep Michael and his family in your prayers.

Maureen MacIsaac, Chair
National Spirituality Committee 

November 10 2015

SSVP Bracelets

New bracelets with SSVP logo available at National's office.  Cost $1.00.
Please click on this link to order:
Tel: (613) 837-4363
Toll-free: 1-866-997-7787 (1-866-997-SSVP)

November 9 2015

SSVP USB Flash Drive 2.0 8BG

You can now order a USB Flash Drive 2.0 8BG with the SSVP logo from our office. Please click on this link to order:
Tel: (613) 837-4363
Toll-free: 1-866-997-7787 (1-866-997-SSVP)

November 1 2015

Spiritual Reflection for November

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section: No matter the storm, when you are with God there's always a rainbow waiting.

Hello everyone, my name is Sophia Mutuc and this is my first reflection for the SSVP website. I wanted to write something extraordinary and something that will really speak to the majority of people but I can’t do that, I can’t focus on how to improve others because my journey will not be that same as yours. So instead I will write about how I improved myself in hopes that it will affect you the same way it affected me.

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

October 30 2015

Centennial Pilgrimage to France

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Vancouver Island Invites you to join us in Celebrating our Centennial year: Walk in the Footsteps of Saint Vincent - Centennial Pilgrimage to France

Date: March 14 to 22, 2016
$3,939 per person with airfare from Victoria B.C
$2629 Land price

including double occupancy, breakfast and dinner & guided tours
Deadline: January 15, 2016.  Space is limited book now.
To reserve a seat please contact 1-250-727-0007
Click on this link for more information and itinerary: Centennial Pilgrimage  

October 27 2015

Sr. Lucille Nantel

Several Vincentians have asked me for news of Sister Lucille Nantel. Here is what I learned from one of the sisters at the Soeurs Sainte-Croix infirmary. 

Sister Nantel will be 96 in October therefore it is not surprising that some of her faculties are somewhat reduced. She broke a few ribs last fall when she fell in her bedroom and her general condition has diminished since then. She still remains energetic but her mobility is greatly reduced. Communication is very difficult: deafness in spite of a hearing aid… unable to answer the phone… conversation not always coherent...

Always a willful person, Sister Lucille believes she is still autonomous and one must not interfere with her. Fortunately the medical staffs take good care of her. She has good moments, but remains unpredictable. She sleeps at length during the day, and roams the hallways at night.  She still has a lot of physical energy! Do not try to control her wheelchair!

Here are a few pictures of Sister Nantel, taken at various AGAs.

October 14 2015

Saint Vincent de Paul statue

Now available at our National office:
Statue of Saint Vincent de Paul from BACCI SARL (France)

Decor wood tone; approximate height of 20 cm. Those statues made of HYDRACAL acrylic resin, a material that looks like plaster, but is much more resistant, like a resin.   $ 55