Taking advantage of the beautiful environment around the Curia house in Rome, as well as the magnificent weather at the beginning of this summer season, Father Tomaž Mavrič, superior general, together with the other members of the curia, convoked the members of the Vincentian Family in Rome to come together on June 9th. This was a time for prayer and sharing and fellowship on the occasion of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the origin of the Vincentian charism.
This time together began with prayer that was led by Father Javier Álvarez (vicar-general). After a hymn in honor of Saint Vincent there was a presentation of the project: let us promote integration … a project that will be undertaken by the Vincentian Family in Italy.
All the participants shared a meal on the same premises where this project will be carried out. Present were the Daughters of Charity from the Provincial house and other houses in Rome, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne Antide, some students of the Congregtion of the Mission whose country of origin is India, the Vincentian Volunteers from Italy, members of the AIC, the Vincent de Paul Society, the Frederic Ozanam Foundation of Saint Vincent de Paul, Sisters of the Holy Redeemer who live in the House at Nocietta, Italian missionaries, confreres studying in Rome, and many other friends connected with the Vincentian Family.
Project: let us promote integration
The theme of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian charism is welcome the stranger and what better way to engage in this celebration than to initiate a project from the General Curia with the support of the Vincentian Family. The coordination of the project is the responsibility of the Vincentian Volunteers, (the president of the volunteers in Rome and the regional president of the volunteers). In addition, the program will be advised by experts in the field of agronomy, members of the Linearia Foundation (an Italian organization that promotes care for the planet earth in an urban area). Another group will provide their expertise is “Le tre fontane”, (this groups is responsible for accompanying the refugees in Italy). The objective of the project is to help people, who have obtained or who are in the process of obtaining legal status as political refugees … to help these individuals obtain employment. The natural resources of the curia will be utilized, that is, the orchard, a specialized nursery and a greenhouse where fruits will be grown. These products will then have to be marketed. The project will also provide training to ten young people, of whom four will be selected to carry out the project. As a representative of the Curia to the project, Father Giuseppe Carulli, CM, superior of the local community, will be in charge.