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    • 1. VINCENTIAN FAMILY WORLDWIDE EXPANDING THE CIRCLE OF SOLIDARITY
    • 2. INTRODUCTION
    • 3. INTRODUCTION 1. Globalization and the World of the Poor 2. Vincentian Family: A Circle of Solidarity 3. Vincentian Charism: Fire at the Center of the Circle 4. The Vincentian Family in the US: An Agent for Expanded Solidarity Worldwide 5. Ways of Expanding the Circle of Solidarity
    • 4. 1. GLOBALIZATION AND THE WORLD OF THE POOR GLOBALIZATION: “simultaneous expansion and compression of time and space” (Francis Cardinal George, OMI)
    • 5. 1. GLOBALIZATION AND THE WORLD OF THE POOR Some Effects of Globalization: • Expanded the scope of communication • Increased opportunity for development • Limited government control • Widened gap between rich and poor
    • 6. 1. GLOBALIZATION AND THE WORLD OF THE POOR “The challenge is to ensure a globalization in solidarity, a globalization without marginalization.” (John Paul II, 1998)
    • 7. THE WORLD OF THE POOR (100 PEOPLE) 21 Europeans 57 Asians 14 Americans (North and South) 8 Africans
    • 8. THE WORLD OF THE POOR (100 PEOPLE) 52 women, 48 men 70 colored, 30 Caucasians 6 own 59% of resources 80 with bad living conditions 70 uneducated, 1 with higher education 50 underfed
    • 9. THE WORLD OF THE POOR 1 million will not survive next week 500 million experience war, prison, torture, hunger 3 million do not have religious freedom
    • 10. THE WORLD OF THE POOR 75% of the world do not have food, shoes, clothes, homes 8% are considered well-to-do 200 million cannot read
    • 11. 2. VINCENTIAN FAMILY A CIRCLE OF SOLIDARITY
    • 12. VF Nigeria VF WORLDWIDE
    • 13. VF Brazil VF Local Council VF Regional Coordinating Council VF National Coordinating Council
    • 14. VF Philippines SSVP OTHER VF BRANCHES LOCAL DC DIOCESES SCHOOL ALUMNI CM OTHER VF GROUPS LOCAL GOVERNMENT ABROAD
    • 15. VINCENTIAN FAMILY WORLDWIDE 2006: 305 Congregation of the Daughters of GROUPS Mission Charity Sisters of Charity Religious of St. Vincent Society of St. Vincentian Lay Vincent de Paul Missionaries Vincentian Association of the Marian Youth Miraculous Medal 1633: 4 GROUPS Confraternity of Charity: Ladies of Charity, Association International of Charity
    • 16. VINCENTIAN FAMILY WORLDWIDE Hospitals, schools, home for elderly & sick, youth camps, peace and justice, migrants, missions, clergy formation, parishes, community development, savings projects, assistance to AIDS victims, etc.
    • 17. VINCENTIAN FAMILY WORLDWIDE Hospitals, schools, home for elderly & sick, youth camps, peace and justice, migrants, missions, clergy formation, parishes, community development, savings projects, assistance to AIDS victims, etc.
    • 18. VINCENTIAN FAMILY WORLDWIDE International Projects: (2001) Globalization of Charity (2003) Political Campaign against Malaria (2004) Aid to Tsunami Victims (2005) DREAM PROJECT of DC and C. of St. Egidio
    • 19. VINCENTIAN FAMILY WORLDWIDE International Assemblies: SSVP (June 2005) JMV (August 2005) AMM (October 2005) MISEVI (Dec 2005) AIC (March 2007)
    • 20. VINCENTIAN FAMILY WORLDWIDE Representation before: UNITED NATIONS UNESCO UNICEF ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) OIC (International Catholic Organizations) EAPN (European Anti-Poverty Network), and Other Pontifical Councils
    • 21. OUR PROJECTS • Are direct, concrete, creative work for the poor • Recognize the poor’s evangelizing capability • Emphasize partnership, collaboration and solidarity with others
    • 22. What distinguishes the Vincentian Family from other networks of social service providers, from other groups who work also for the poor and their development?
    • 23. 3. VINCENTIAN CHARISM THE FIRE AT THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE OF SOLIDARITY
    • 24. Christ says: “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me . . .” (Mt 25:31- 46)
    • 25. “The poor are our lords and masters” (SV) Contact with the poor: an experience with God • selflessness • mutuality, interdependence, solidarity A Trinitarian experience: bedrock of solidarity and partnership
    • 26. “The passion of Vincent, a passion for justice, a passion for Jesus’ poor” (G. Gregory Gay CM, Superior General)
    • 27. 4. VINCENTIAN FAMILY IN THE U.S. - AGENT FOR EXPANDED SOLIDARITY WORLDWIDE
    • 28. “The world is literally reorganizing itself around us, and that reorganization is affecting the poor greatly. That reorganization requires its own set of responses to the needs of the poor. Or, if we don’t, we will be accused of feeding a few poor who we know by name, while letting the world’s shifts create new poor around us.” (Dennis Holtschneider CM)
    • 29. “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is a human creation and it can be overcome and eradicated by actions of human beings.” (Nelson Mandela)
    • 30. “From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)
    • 31. 5. WAYS OF EXPANDING SOLIDARITY Three Guidelines • Direct, concrete work • Creative partnership • Poor as protagonist
    • 32. TWINNING PROGRAMS • SSVP Hong Kong and Singapore with SSVP Cambodia • AIC, CM, DC Ukraine with De Paul Trust
    • 33. ADVOCACY • Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (Ireland) • AIC International Assembly 2007 (Rome): Women and Poverty in the Diversity of Cultures • USA: National Visibility for the Poor
    • 34. FORMATION • Reflection on Vincentian Spirituality • Translation of Formation Manuals • Access to Formation Materials on the Internet (www.vinformation.famvin.org)
    • 35. YOUTH • 64 % under 25 • Share the Vincentian charism • Give motivation and guidance • Bring them into the circle of solidarity • Recruit them for the mission
    • 36. CONCLUSION Change of persons precedes change of structures Experience with the poor
    • 37. CONCLUSION How Vincent expanded the circle of solidarity: • rely on God’s transforming power • allow God to change attitudes and persons • thereby usher the possibility of changing society’s structures
    • 38. St. Vincent tells us “Let us ask (the Divine Majesty) to grant us the grace of corresponding in this spirit to the plans God has for each of us in particular and for the (Family) in general, and to inspire everywhere this spirit of fervor for the charity of Jesus Christ, in order to merit that God may shed it abundantly on us and, by helping us to produce the effects of it in this world, may make us eternally pleasing to God His Father in the next.”

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