The Vincentian parishes are few in number. But how do you know a Vincentian parish? What defines a Vincentian parish and differentiates it from a diocesan parish?
Vincentians are called in a special way to minister to the poor. You will not find us in the more affluent areas.
“Our inheritance, gentlemen and my brothers, is the poor, the poor; pauperibus evangelizare misit me. What happiness, gentlemen, what happiness! To do what our Lord came from heaven to earth to do, and by means of which we too shall go from earth to heaven, to continue the work of God.” St. Vincent de Paul
There is a need in today’s world for clear instruction on the Church’s teaching. As the Congregation of the Mission, where we work in parishes, as a community through simple and humble preaching we try to evangelise.
Always where St. Vincent de Paul gave a mission, he set up confraternities. So too in our parishes we strive to establish charities such as Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Ladies of Charity. Groups such as the Association of the Miraculous Medal help promote the Vincentian spirituality and educate through the catechism. Quite often in today’s society, there is a need for clear instruction on the Church’s teachings. As priests of the Congregation of the Mission, where we work in parishes, as a community, through simple and humble preaching we try to evangelise.