Reflections

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Black Lives Matter at St. Vincent’s

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“What does it mean to be Black and Catholic? It means that I come to my church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten you, does it? I come to my church fully functioning. I bring myself, my Black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become. I bring my […]

Vincentian Virtues Pledge

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent DePaul, and the 200th anniversary of the Vincentian Mission in America, the congregation of St. Vincent DePaul took the following pledge. At this celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent DePaul, in this 200th year of Vincentian presence in the United States, we commit ourselves as a […]

Meekness (by Mairin McDonnell)

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The book definition of meekness states that “it is an attribute of human nature and behavior. It has been defined several ways: righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering.” As a Christian, meekness is an attribute of a true disciple. The Apostle Paul gave us an example of meek behavior when he was writing to […]

Meekness (by Sister Michelle Loisel, DC)

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“Meekness,” for Vincent does not convey the full meaning in English. More adequate might be “firm gentleness,” meaning the right balance between being gently strong and strongly gentle. This is a trait Vincent sees in Jesus and often advises his followers to put into practice. A servant who would gain the confidence of the poor […]

Mortification (by Christine Eberle)

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As a cantor and someone who considers herself a “recovering perfectionist,” I have yet to experience a perfect Mass—to finish one liturgy without a single missed cue, wrong word, or abandoned harmony.  I used to cringe at every mistake, but I have come to appreciate the distinction between feeling mortified and experiencing mortification—by which I simply […]

Opening Prayer for the Capital Campaign

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John Trudeau composed this lovely prayer for the opening of one of our Capital Campaign meetings. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen Loving God, we are gathered this evening to discuss and plan for the   future of our beloved St Vincent De Paul parish. Please rain down your grace […]

More than a Building of Stone and Wood

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by Frank Palmieri As I turned off Germantown Avenue onto Price Street traveling up the hill towards old St. Vincent’s, hoping to see the last of the three new trusses that are part of the restoration work set into place, I saw the center of the roof splayed open and peeled back to accept the new […]

Community Based Healing, Not Unconstitutional Roadblocks

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The Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN) is a coalition that worked with the Mayor’s administration and local advocates to successfully end all Philadelphia Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds in April 2014. We are immigrant community leaders and young people, documented and undocumented, allies, grassroots immigrant organizations, advocates for the needs of victims and witnesses […]