Our Blessed Mother Mary first appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous man, living in Mexico on December 9th, 1531. This date is also designated by the Catholic church in Canada as the National Day of Prayer in solidarity with indigenous peoples. I would remind all Vincentians to please pray for solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers as we continue to grow in our knowledge and awareness of the culture, traditions and faith of indigenous people in Canada. While our recent efforts with our North of 60 with the Inuit people and our 1st Nations efforts in Cadotte Lake and James Bay are examples of how we work collaboratively there is much more we can and should do to improve relations. Please join us in prayer on December 12th for future solidarity with indigenous people.
Jim Paddon, Chair, National Social Justice Committee
The International Communications Commission of the SSVP Council General International is very much pleased to present to you and your council the 3rd edition of the Ozanam Network (Newsletter #03/2017). Click on title to read more.
Fellow Vincentians; As one of my duties as chair of our national social justice committee, I take part in monthly conference calls with social justice reps from various branches of the Vincentian family. Please click on title to read more.
We regret to inform you of the passing of a long time faithful and active member of the Society, Nick Volk. He was Vice-President of the National Council from 1995 to 2001 and then President of the Regional Council of Ontario from 2001 to 2006. Nick was instrumental in the establishment of Gower Park Place and worked tirelessly in his efforts to ensure persons and families had access to affordable housing. Sincere condolences to his family, his friends and the Vincentian family.
We are sorry to announce the passing of Thomas O’Flynn, former President of the British-Columbia & Yukon Regional Council. He left us on July 19th. Thomas was an active and devoted Vincentian in his city of Vancouver. Sincere condolences to his family, his friends and the entire Vincentian family.
Second edition of the Ozanam Network’s newsletter of this year (# 02/2017), including a number of important articles, projects and information about the initiatives of the International General Council (CGI). Please click on title to read more.
On the occasion of the International General Council Meeting last June, a new program was launched, proposing a common prayer for all those who share in the Vincentian vocation. Click on title to read more.
“Resonate Music school and studio”, in collaboration with song writer Terry Harris, are initiating a fundraiser featuring the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul’s North of 60 Project as one of three designated charities for visitors to support. Please click on title to read more.