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Extended participation in Vincentian Family Leadership Meeting

ACVENGIn a memo dated June 2, 2015 Fr. Gregory Gay, CM announced significant changes in the participation at the annual meeting of the Vincentian Family.   In the light of our focus on our mutual collaboration, we extend an invitation to the national leaders of the Vincentian Family as well as more changes to Vincentian Family structure and leadership. The major changes include the addition of three more branches to the Vincentian Family Executive Committee.

Every two years, the leadership of the international Vincentian Family gathers for fellowship, formation, mutual support, and information sharing. The next meeting will be in Rome, Italy from 7:00 PM Friday evening, January 22nd to 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon, January 24th, 2016 at Casa Maria Immacolata, Via Ezio 28 (belonging to the Daughters of Charity).

Memo

To: The International and National Leaders of the Vincentian Family

From: V. Rev. G. Gregory Gay, C.M.

Re: International Meeting in Rome, January 22 – 24, 2016

May the grace and peace of Christ fill your heart now and forever!

As you know from my Pentecost letter (May 24, 2015) there have been significant changes made to the organizational structure of the Vincentian Family. If you have not had an opportunity to read it, you can find it on famvin.org at:

http://famvin.org/en/2015/05/23/significant-changes-for-the-vincentian-family/

I would like to begin by thanking Fr. Jorge Rodriguez, C.M., who has so generously served us in the office in Rome over the past few years. He will now assume the role of Director of Communications for the Congregation of the Mission. Please join me in gratitude and in prayer that the Lord will bless him in his new ministry.

I also want to thank Fr. Joseph Agostino, CM for assuming the coordinator’s role of the newly constituted Vincentian Family Office based in Philadelphia, Pa., USA. Please join me in prayerful support for him as he begins this new work on our behalf.

I wish to take this opportunity to welcome the three new branches of the Vincentian Family who will be serving on the newly expanded Vincentian Family Executive Committee:

Sisters of Charity Federation, Strasbourg: Sisters Blandine Klein and Veronika Häusler;

Brothers of Mercy: Bro. Lawrence Obiko, CMM (and another to be determined);

Sisters of Charity Federation, North America: Sr. Julie Cutter (and another to be determined).

We thank them for their willingness to help us strengthen our collaborative efforts for the sake of those living in poverty.

Every two years, the leadership of the international Vincentian Family gathers for fellowship, formation, mutual support, and information sharing. Our next meeting will be in Rome, Italy from 7:00 PM Friday evening, January 22nd to 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon, January 24th, 2016 at Casa Maria Immacolata, Via Ezio 28 (belonging to the Daughters of Charity).

Our theme follows that of this year which celebrates Vincentian Family Collaboration: Together in Christ we Vincentians make a difference!

In light of this focus on our mutual collaboration, we also extend an invitation to the national leaders of the Vincentian Family. It is especially on the local and national levels of the Vincentian Family where collaboration is most evident, as we join arms in our common battle against the many forms of poverty rampant in our world today. There is much to learn from each other and even more to do together as we strive to make a difference!

SAVE THE DATE! More information will be coming to you shortly.

I hope you will be able to join us in Rome next year.

Your brother in St. Vincent,

Gregory Gay, C.M.

Superior General

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