Vincentian Family History with Systemic Change Caroljean Willie, SC, Ph.D. NGO at the United Nations Sisters of Charity Federation
The Beginnings…• In 2006 Fr. Greg Gay, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, named a Commission for Promoting Systemic Change.• Mandate: “To help bring about systemic change through the apostolates of the members of the Vincentian Family, especially those ministering to the oppressed poor.”
Commission Members(l-r) Patricia Nava, AIC, Gene Smith, SSVP, RobertMaloney, CM, Joe Foley, CM, Ellen Flynn, DC, PedroOpeka, CM, Norberto Carcellar, CM (not pictured)
• In 2007 the Commission gave a presentation to the Vincentian Family leaders gathered in Rome.• The leaders chose “Systemic Change” as their focus for three to five years.• Since then, all the branches have been working on this theme actively.
Seeds of Hope: Stories of Systemic ChangeAlso available in Spanish, Portuguese, French and is being translatedinto Korean, Italian and Vietnamese.
Homeless Peoples’ Federation of the Philippines
Goals of Workshops• To educate people on the basic concepts of Systemic Change, and/or to share information about what the Vincentian Family is doing world-wide
• To provide a catalyst/opportunity for Vincentian Family members to think creatively about what types of systemic change projects could be started within their local community/service area
• To think critically about an existing ministry in light of the Systemic Change concepts and/or to work on effecting a change within the existing service model of a particular project
A Tool Kit• A 2 gigabyte memory stick containing all the materials from the workshops so that those who receive it can modify the materials to fit their own culture. Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Collaboration in national vaccination andprevention programs
A meal a day to more than 5000children in the 14 AIC centers
The TSIRY or SEED PROJECT•Alphabetization and training for illiterate adult and non-schooled children in remote villages
THE GREEN DIOCESE PROGRAM• Education on environment protection and reforestation in schools and communities. Active participation of civil society and youth in reforestation• Sustainable and reasonable management of the environment through the permanent fight against forest destruction by fire and overexploitation.
Increase of productivity for smallfarms through reforestation
Ethiopia• Invited to give a workshop in Ethiopia, not just for the Vincentian Family, but for other priests and religious; date to be determined.
Systemic Change in works among those livingin poverty aims beyond providing food, clothingand shelter to alleviate immediate needs andenables people themselves to engage in theidentification of the root causes of their povertyand to create strategies to change thosestructures which keep them in poverty. Thisalso requires changing attitudes that havecaused the problem. (working definition for North America)
New Features Added to U.S. Workshops• A compilation by Mary Ann Dantuano of ministries already employing systemic change principles from various branches of the Vincentian Family.• Workshops at the Belleville gathering on a variety of ministries already implementing systemic change principles throughout the United States and Canada.
North American Follow-up• Multiple workshops presented to staffs, boards and other audiences on systemic change• In the United States: Indiana, Texas, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, and Ohio• In Canada: Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Ontario, New Brunswick, Montreal, Antigonish, and Edmonton• Presentation to Ladies of Charity of the United States
UN Orientations• Systemic change presentations are given bi-annually to all who attend the Vincentian Family UN Orientations in New York. The Vincentian Family at the United Nations (Joe Foley, CM, Pat Connolly, DC, Caroljean Willie, SC, Faith Colligan, DC and Germaine Price, DC)
Europe• Three workshops in different languages; the first one was in October 2012 in Italy.
famvin.org• For articles on systemic change: http://famvin.org/en News• For formation materials on systemic change: http://vinformation.famvin.org