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June – July 2014

The Superior General’s Month of June

We report on the Superior General’s activities. On 7 and 8 June, he travelled to the Region of Puglia in Italy together with Giuseppe Carulli, for a meeting of the Vincentian Family of southern Italy. Father Gregory showed his delight at the presence of such a large turnout – 770 persons met – and invited them to follow in Saint Vincent’s footsteps, which have not lost their relevance. Today he continues being our inspiration in the service to the Church, Father Gregory affirmed in his talk. During the meeting there was a pleasant dialog, in which, the Superior General responded to concerns related to the Vincentian Family and invited its members to make our spirituality present in today’s world, keeping the reality of the poor in Italy in mind in a special way. The dialog also took other topics into account, such as systemic change; the importance of living charity; not giving alms, but giving a hand in order that the person assume his own situation of poverty.

Father Gregory also spoke about the importance of collaboration among the different branches of the Vincentian Family, adding that, all over the world, we share the history and tradition of a great family. For this reason, we cannot lose sight of the inheritance that we have received from our holy founders and of being servants of our lords and masters, those who live in situations of poverty. It is important that the value of trust grow among us, he insisted, especially so that the poor invite us to be their friends and we can establish another type of relationship based on love.

The day concluded by celebrating Pentecost with a festive Eucharist. At that time there was a great moment of prayer asking for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but especially beseeching that the Vincentian Family be filled with love, peace, and truth.

Later he took part in a meeting in Paris organized for the Vincentian Family Collaborative Action Program (VFCAP). From there, Father Gregory went to Angola in Africa, from the 16 th to the 19 th , to visit the international mission, where there are three confreres: José María Nieto, José Ramírez Martínez, and Jason Cristian Soto Herrera. The Congregation has been present in this region for more than a year already and it was the first visit made there. On 29 June, Bishop Benjamin Ramaroson received the archiepiscopal pallium from the hands of Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Benjamin Ramaroson received the archiepiscopal pallium from the hands of Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Basilica
That same day we bid farewell to Giuseppe Carulli, who served as administrator of the
That same day we bid farewell to Giuseppe Carulli, who
served as administrator of the General Curia for the past three
years. At the same time we welcomed Mario di Carlo, who takes
up this role for the upcoming period. In the celebration of the
Eucharist and the lunch that followed, the Superior General,
expressed his gratitude to Father Giuseppe for his good service
to the Curia during these three years, and conveyed his welcome
to Father Mario.
That same day, in the evening, Father Gregory left for
Lizzano in Belvedere to a house of the Daughters of Charity, to
make his annual spiritual retreat together with Jorge Luis
Rodríguez. This activity extended into the first week of July.
Vincentian Family Collaborative Action Program
Supported by the Vincentian Family Collaboration Commission (CCFV), the Vincentian Family Collaborative
Action Program was held in Paris from 8-14 June in the Motherhouse of the Congregation of the Mission.
The goal of the VFCAP was to facilitate and strengthen the process of collaboration among the branches of the
Vincentian Family in service of persons living in poverty situations. The intended results were to increase
awareness among participants of the urgent need to collaborate, as well as providing the necessary skills to do so
more effectively.
Taking part were 53 people from 35 countries belonging to the following branches: AIC, SSVP, DC, CM,
MISEVI, JMV, AMM, Daughters of Charity of Zagreb, VFHI (Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative), Sisters of
Charity of Saint Joan Antida, Adamson University, Depaul International, All Hallows, Niagara University, St.
John’s University, Sisters of Charity Federation, Sisters of Charity of Strasbourg.
In the preparation and development of the program, the specialized personnel of the Vincentian Universities,
who have been supporting the program, were involved in the design of the thematic approach, proposed
methodology, and final realization.
Three language teams (Portuguese, Spanish, and English) were formed. These will be responsible for adapting
and expanding the knowledge acquired in their regions and promoting collaboration as an alternative integration of
the Vincentian Family in favor of the poor.
Let us look at some testimonies Katarina Mazúrová, Slovakia, JMV I feel very lucky to
Let us look at some testimonies
Katarina Mazúrová, Slovakia, JMV
I feel very lucky to have been able to participate in this collaboration program, because I can
share it with other branches of the Vincentian Family in my country. I think it is true that we
can improve collaboration and we have much to learn. This experience has helped me a lot
to understand that collaboration plans can be developed and how to do it. I believe that we
can serve better when we collaborate among ourselves.
Ribel Elias, Lebanon, MISEVI
As a member of MISEVI in Lebanon and on the international level, this program was very
enlightening and useful in terms of collaboration with respect to the richness existing in the
branches of Vincentian Family and how essential it is to collaborate at regional, national,
and international levels to work for the poor. So what I learned here is that if we want to
work effectively for the poor we have to know and grow more in the spirit of collaboration
and use the local resources we have in our community and also in ourselves.
Bernadette Ah-Moy Ramaroson, Madagascar, AIC
I am very happy to have been here for the session because I have learned a lot of things, some
things that I had already known, but now there is a better understanding of these things. And
secondly is that I could visit some places where St. Vincent and other people who have
worked with him have gone and it is an encouragement for me to go ahead. And I think the
session will help me to become a trainer and then I can help others to understand better that
our goal in our mission is to make a better life for all the people we are in charge of.
Rafael Isharianto, Indonesia, CM
I am helped to find the way to be more creative and more visible in my service for those
people who live in poverty. And I feel enriched by the skills offered by the community
to be more effective in serving our brothers and sisters who live in such poverty.
Genevieve Bonny, Haiti, VFHI – JMV
This week was very enlightening for me from the work through our heritage going back to our
roots and from the way the training was designed and especially from all the participants, who
are from diverse cultures, different countries, and different backgrounds and experience, and it
was very enlightening to me and it really gives me more capacity so that I can continue the
mission and be able to serve those that are in need of our help. Really going back home, going
back to my region, in my mission, it will be very different. This training not only changed my
way of seeing things, and my mission, but also in my professional and personal life. So I am
very grateful for having the chance to share that with others and to take it from others and to
put it into my mission.
Margarita Henao, Colombia, SSVP
The meeting of the Vincentian Family in Paris had a special importance for the SSVP
because it brought us closer to other branches of the Family and together we learned
more about our roots. It was very exciting and significant to have it come from the hand
of the priests and the Vincentian University professors to where not only the tomb of
Frederick Ozanam is, but also part of the origins of our Society. I am sure that the work
of Vincentian formation we plan to do together from now on will have a great impact on
the people we serve in the world and especially in Central and South America.
Vincentian Family day in Puglia In the headquarters of the Port Authority of Brindisi, on
In the headquarters of the Port Authority of Brindisi, on Sunday, 8 June, the members of the Vincentian Family
of southern Italy, the Region of Puglia, met to experience a day of reflection and conviviality, with the theme,
“Does Saint Vincent still inspire us today in the service of the Church?” The 750 participants came from the
different centers of the region and also enjoyed the participation of Gregory Gay, Superior General. It was the first
time that all the members of the branches of the Vincentian Family of Puglia were present: CM, DC, SSVP, JMV,
AMM and other groups of the Vincentian Volunteers (AIC).
After a moment of great spirituality, lived in prayer, the work of the day began under the direction of Giuseppe
Martinelli, who invited every branch to present itself. After the presentations, the Superior General took the floor
and, in his intervention, called all to joy, smiling, and sharing, but mainly to experiencing fraternal love with
infinite mercy. He values the sign of the cross, because with this gesture we indicate the unity of the love of the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Thanks to Saint Vincent, affirmed Father Gregory, the Vincentians have found Christ and the poor. The
meeting with the poor must be clearly preceded by the meeting with Christ, in the Word and in the Eucharist. To
be a Vincentian today is a way of being, he added. The seal of the Vincentian Family is Love – Charity, the real
Christian is reflected in the happiness of love. Only the dimension of love can make us happy because each of us is
a revelation of the infinite love of God and of his tenderness. Christ, continued Father Gregory, must become the
protagonist of our history. Faith must never be absent among the members of the Vincentian Family and in God;
we must bear in mind our own history, which helps to enrich us, and always be good news for those in difficulty.
Finally, Father Gregory answered some questions formulated by the different branches present. After sharing a
fraternal lunch, the meeting concluded with the Eucharistic celebration.
Maria Donata, AMM, Italy
On 14-15 June, the meeting of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries was held in Quercianella in the region of
Livorno, Italy, using the topic “Go to serve without fear,” with representatives from Sardinia, Campania, Tuscany,
Lazio, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Eritrea, Brazil, and Venezuela.
The meeting began with the greeting of Eli Chaves Dos Santos, Assistant for the Vincentian Family, who, in the
name of Father Gregory, presented the hope that this event might be part of the Vincentian way and could be the
beginning of the establishment of MISEVI Italy.
The reflections were guided by Zeracristos Yosief, Eli Chaves, and Nicola Albanesi. Each of them
The reflections were guided by Zeracristos Yosief, Eli Chaves, and Nicola Albanesi. Each of them delivered his
message bearing in mind the audience composed of young and adult laity with missionary experience, together
with Daughters of Charity and priests. The aim of the meeting was: To think about MISEVI with an Italian face.
The Vincentian Family is by nature missionary; it has a charism and a spirituality and, especially, a common
inheritance: the poor. It is the poor who give a face to the Vincentian Family and, in finding them, we find Jesus
Christ. To find them it is necessary to walk and to walk we must go out and, as Pope Francis says, to go out it is
necessary to go through the streets of the world in search of the most remote and excluded and this is done by the
tenderness of which the Vincentian Family has become a bearer.
The lay Vincentian, who embraces a missionary style, goes in search of being formed by Jesus, who indicates
the route to take, but above all of being, which calls for a profound witness to bring to others the love of Jesus in a
permanent state of mission. As laity, the members of MISEVI represent an awakening of the missionary spirit and,
as dedicated people, an opportunity to regenerate and to reinforce the Vincentian charism in the Vincentian Family
in Italy and in the world. MISEVI is an expression of the wealth of the Holy Spirit in the Church. It is like a great
umbrella under which the laity find themselves. They develop Vincentian formation; collaborate among
themselves in missionary work, under the umbrella of the Vincentian charism. The service of the Vincentian lay
missionaries includes the proclamation of the Word that liberates, that promotes action, prophecy, and creativity
against injustice. The missionary must always be in harmony with these three notes. The boldness for this new
missionary impulse does not come automatically, but has to be sought and found in the hearts and minds that are
not afraid of abandoning the attitude of self-preservation (it is always done like that), this boldness that leads us to
broaden our thinking to understand how much we can exert ourselves. “If we can do nothing of ourselves, we can
do everything with God.” What can the mission do? “The mission can do anything because we have in us the seeds
of the omnipotence of Jesus Christ. That’s why no one can excuse himself on the grounds of his powerlessness;
we’ll always have greater strength than is needed” (Saint Vincent, CCD, XI, 193).
We must stop being attached to rules, to setting ourselves up as relentless judges. “I would much rather a
broken Church than a sick Church.” Find the dimension of the Church by going out, as Pope Francis said to us.
Boldness makes us walk paths we do not know, but it leads us to the essence of the human and spiritual history of
the Vincentian Family through new languages and ways of serving the poor. We rediscover the mission of the
Church by going out.
Under the MISEVI umbrella, Saint Vincent is the model and inspiration of missionary service. With him we
must learn to read the reality of the poor in the light of faith and live the experience of meeting Jesus, who came to
announce the Good News to the poor, to identify his disfigured face with theirs. Let us pray that, the way followed
by MISEVI, continue with the collaboration of all: south, center, and north Italy. We all are invited to support
MISEVI Italy’s formation with courage, humility, joy, and simplicity. “There are challenges to be overcome. Let
us be realistic, but without losing joy, boldness, and dedication full of hope! Let us not destroy missionary
strength!” (Pope Francis).
Lucia Scrimali
Association: At the Well of Sychar
On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, His Holiness, Pope Francis, imposed the archiepiscopal pallium
on our confrere, Bishop Benjamin Marc Balthason Ramaroson of Antsiranana, Madagascar.
Bishop Ramaroson was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Farafangana on 26 November 2005 and
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Antsiranana on 27 November 2013 by Pope Francis. He took possession on
25 January of the present year. The Archdiocese has an area of 37,924 sq. km.; 1,532,457 inhabitants, 404,393
Catholics, 60 diocesan priests.
At the ceremony, 23 other metropolitan Archbishops received the pallium together with Bishop Benjamin.
In his homily, Pope Francis invited the Bishops not to be afraid, but to put complete confidence in the Lord:
“We, – affirmed the Pope – dear brother bishops, are we afraid? Of what are we afraid? And if
we are, do we seek refuge in our pastoral life for security? Do we look maybe for the
support of those who have power in this world? Or do we deceive ourselves by pride
that seeks gratification and recognition, and there we seem to be safe? Dear brother
bishops, in what do we put our security?
The testimony of the Apostle Peter – the Pope added – reminds us that our true refuge
is confidence in God: it dispels all fear and makes us free from slavery and all worldly
temptation. Today, the Bishop of Rome and other bishops, especially the Metropolitans
who have received the pallium, are challenged by the example of Peter to verify our trust
in the Lord,” he said in his homily.
Farewell to Giuseppe Carulli and welcome to
Mario Di Carlo
On 29 June, there was a Eucharist, followed by a farewell luncheon for Giuseppe Carulli, who will assume
the mission in Cagliari, Province of Sardinia. At the same time, a welcome was extended to Father Mario,
from the Province of Rome, who already had been administrator of the General Curia in another period and is
repeating this service for a second time. Most recently, he was at the house in Florence.
Meeting of COVIAM From 30 June to 5 July the annual meeting of COVIAM, the
Meeting of COVIAM
From 30 June to 5 July the annual meeting of COVIAM, the Conference of Visitors of Africa and
Madagascar, was held in Alexandria, Egypt. Taking part were: three Visitors (Ethiopia, Nigeria, and
Madagascar); one Vice-Visitor (Mozambique); two Regional Superiors (Cameroon of Paris and Rwanda-
Burundi of Colombia), and one Mission Superior (Kenya of the Western USA). Absent were: the Visitors of
Eritrea and Congo and the Regional Superior of Tanzania (of South India). We had the company of
Zeracristos Yosief, Assistant General.
The three topics treated were: first, the project of common theology for all the Vincentian seminarians of
Africa and Madagascar; for various reasons it will not be held in Kenya, but in Nigeria, where it will begin
with the first year in September 2015; second, the formation of formators will be held in the Cameroon in
2015 and will consist of six continuous weeks and not of four in two consecutive years, as has been carried
out until now; third, the mission in Chad, which is the responsibility of COVIAM through the Visitor of
P. Néstor Gómez, CM – Rwanda Burundi
Typhoon Glenda, Philippines
(16 July). Impressive and magnificent, the storm “Glenda” rushed at some regions of the Philippines and
came to the community of De Paul House where the theologate is. These storms always are extraordinary, due
to their force and tenacity. It had been announced for Metro Manila between 4:00-9:00 a.m. and the timeframe
was almost exact. Although it turned and came down the West Philippine Sea, still it did much damage in the
region of Bicol and Southern Tagalog and some in Metro Manila. For approximately an hour, its impressive
howling winds roamed, like a huge and angry animal. It was magnificent in the form in which it was moving
to and fro and making the trees dance, knocking some of them to the ground. Our dear “Narra Tree” (national
tree), which was just opposite the house, fought bravely for approximately 45 minutes, but it succumbed to
Glenda’s impressive and magnificent strength and, finally, the tree was ripped from the ground by the wind.
The Sanctuary was struck with minimal damage to its ceiling, but a big investment has to be made for the
repair. Other houses turned out to be slightly affected by “Glenda”; in Thirteen Martyrs it also knocked down
some trees; Angón is without trees too; the beautiful Tower of the Miraculous Medal (Sucat) was lightly
damaged. Our Mission Center in Cadlan was slightly damaged and the road from Cadlan to Manila remained
full of rubble.
P. Rolando Delagoza, CM, Philippines
The Superior General’s Activities in the Month of July After the week of spiritual retreat,
The Superior General’s Activities in the Month of July
After the week of spiritual retreat, the Superior General was in Paris from 15-22 July at the Meeting of the
Advisors, who accompany the young people of the Vincentian Marian Youth. Present were Daughters of Charity,
Missionaries, and laity who carry out this role in many places where they find the JMV present. After this event,
JMV’s International Council had its meeting, initiating with it the preparation for its General Assembly, which will
be held in 2015.
On 30 July, Father Gregory travelled to the United States for his vacation, accompanied by Brother Iván
Hueichán who will spend one week with him before traveling to Chile, his province of origin. Brother Iván served
for three years in the General Curia. The Superior General expressed his gratitude to Brother and to the Province of
Chile for allowing his presence in the Curia during these years.
During the vacation period, Father Gregory will carry out other activities too and take part in some important
acts of the Congregation and the Vincentian Family in the United States. On 31 July, he will preside at the
Eucharist opening the Internal Seminary, in the Provincial House of the Eastern Province; this stage of formation
opens with four seminarians and is under the direction of Orlando de Jesús Cardona, originally from Colombia and
who belongs to this province.
On Sunday, 3 August, Father Gregory will celebrate the Eucharist in two parishes of the city of Baltimore:
Immaculate Concepcion, which is the first parish in the United States dedicated to Our Lady under this title, and
Saint Cecilia; both parishes are the responsibility of the confreres of the Eastern Province.
On 15 August, he will visit Emmitsburg to celebrate the Eucharist in the Basilica of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
for the Feast of the Assumption. From the 22 nd to the 24 th , he will be in Chicago at De Paul University for a
meeting with some confreres of the United States; a confrere from Nicaragua; and a Daughter of Charity from
Guatemala, who is studying English; as well as taking the occasion to participate in the granting of a degree to a
confrere from Ethiopia, who is finishing his doctorate at this University.
At the end of his vacation, Father Gregory will begin, on 29 August, a tour to visit the Daughters of Charity in
South Korea and the confreres and Daughters of Charity in Japan.
From 15-20 July 2014, the First International Meeting of JMV Advisors was held in Paris, France, with the
aim of encouraging, forming, and orienting the lay and religious advisers in this wonderful ministry of
advising. There were participants from 34 countries of America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
We began with words of welcome from Yasmine Cajuste, JMV’s International President; Sister Evelyne Franc,
We began with words of welcome from Yasmine Cajuste, JMV’s International President; Sister Evelyne Franc,
Superioress General of the Daughters of Charity; and Gregory Gay, JMV’s International Director. The 92
participants of this meeting started the day with Eucharist in the Chapel of the Apparitions of Our Lady of the
Miraculous Medal, continued with presentations, and, in the afternoon, had workshops. The formation topics
included: Lay Advising, Art and Accompaniment, Formation and Lay Advising in JMV, and How to Respond to
the Challenges of Youth. These were complemented with workshops in which personal experiences from one’s
reality were shared. All the days of work were very rich.
The grace of this meeting was to be able to participate in an Experience of Marian Spirituality during the Vigil
of 18 July in the place where the history of the Sons and Daughters of Mary began. It was a moment of great
feeling on finding ourselves from different parts of the world at the feet of the Virgin. It was also a moment of
renewal so as to try each day to respond to the mission entrusted by our Mother as Saint Catherine Labouré did.
Another point that helped in the formation was to visit Vincentian places and to understand, as advisors of new
generations, the work that our saints did in their epoch. The night before the closing we had a fraternal sharing
among all the delegations: every country’s participant presented a cultural act. On Sunday morning we did an
evaluation and a final document, at which we all will work until the next International Assembly in Salamanca in
2015. We gave thanks to God at the Eucharist for this time of formation.
Carito Mena, JMV, International Secretariat
July 29 to August 1, 2014
Proposed theme of the meeting, although quite broad, was "The universality of the Congregation of
Proposed theme of the meeting, although quite broad, was "The universality of the Congregation of the
Mission." The first approach to this goal we had in the morning, July 29 during the conference by Father
Stanislav Zontak, Assistant General on the situation of the Congregation of the Mission in the world. With
Italian humor and adequate knowledge of reality, Fr. Zontak brought our feet on the ground to let us know the
places where the Congregation is currently present and some future projects.
We had another conference in the morning, „Saint Vincent, the Prophet of Universality” by Father Pawel
Holc, Rector of the Institute of Theology (Vincentian major seminary) and Superior of the Provincial House.
The presentation helped us understand the term of „universality” basing on the notions of prophecy and
mission, the dimensions proper to the Congregation of the Mission which require to manifest if it wants to
meet various cultures and Church realities in the word.
Morning conferences took us to work in groups with the topic: „What does it mean to be a spiritual son of
Saint Vincent in the world today?” Responses were given in various languages of the participants, what
proved the „universality” of our Congregation. Spanish and Italian were official languages of the meeting
since philosophical and theological formation of most of the Confreres was in Italian and many of them
learned Spanish participating in missions in Latin American countries.
Young Confreres from Eastern European provinces and their will to go on the mission surprised other
participants. We listened to Visitor of Poland who said: „I have set the contract with God. I will send a
missionary to the farthest part of the world and He will give me two vocations… Until now, two dyed our
Wednesday, July 30, was a busy and interesting day. „Collaboration between provinces” was the topic of
the conference. This presentation took into account reconfiguration processes under way in some provinces in
the world and the way the projects focused on consolidating strength and simplifying processes of sharing
experiences, structures and difficulties. While this conference echoed the first one by Father Zontak we found
that collaboration has some limits, especially when we discuss the issue of common interprovincial Internal
Seminary and theologate. There is a vision of things in the air, but only when the provinces decide to continue
various common projects to evaluate and correct errors, which have been made so far.
In the afternoon of July 30 we visited the Shrine of Devine Mercy and John Paul II Center as well as the
„Good News” educational center in Piekary near Krakow, a magnificent work in service of the youth, children
and families and beautiful education goal – for the best of the Poor. In the evening we visited „Vincentinum”
retreat center in Krzeszowice, not far away form Krakow, too. There we had a party time celebration.
Thursday, July 31 was marked by the conference of Giuseppe Turati, Secretary General on „systemic
change, a universal methodology”. We were given some examples enabling us to use this method in the work
with the Poor.
On Friday, August 1, the final day of the meeting we were pleased to have the conference by Fr. Claudio
Santangelo on „Universality of the Congregation of the Mission: a dialog with other religions”. Fr. Claudio
lead us to take part in his reflection on dialog with Islam based on St. Vincent’s attitude and his ability to see
another face of Christ.
At the end of that morning, Fr. Pavle Novak, Visitor of Slovenia and the President of CEVIM invited us to
continue the reflection and grow up in our Vincentian vocation. At the end of our meeting we visited the salt
mine in Wieliczka. The ink in the pen could describe many events, but as always something must be left for
another time.
Alexis Cerquera, CM, París
People of God “People of God” is a TV Spanish channel, which broadcast the program,
People of God
“People of God” is a TV Spanish channel, which broadcast the program, started by one very famous priest
Father José Luis Martìn Descalzo. The channel “People of God” gives informations and documentary about
the work done bye people and institutions of Catholic Church inside and outside the Spanish borders.
In a Christian perspective, the program talks about different topics and takes into account four criteria:
social criticism, respect of the socials excluded, testimony of people working with the disadvantaged
convinced that it’s possible to build a better world.
“People of God” wants to show how far have gone the missionary activity of Catholic Church, the sense
of religious vocation, the importance of volunteering and the fate of economic aid from Spanish solidarity
across different religious institutions.
Throughout these years, the “People of God” has visited the poorest countries on five continents. It
featured the testimony of more than 5000 people interviewed during this time: missionaries, volunteers and
donors who share their life with the protagonists of our stories.
In the link
you can watch what the Spanish TV
documentary has made for our mission of Mozambique, for the Daughters of Charity and Vincentians
missionaries working in that country.
The program are in Spanish and also available in the web site.
Mario di Carlo’s 40th anniversary
On 20 July in the General Curia, we
celebrated, one day in advance, the priestly
anniversary of Mario di Carlo. During a heartfelt
ceremony, he shared with the present
community, using the Word of God, his
testimony of these 40 years of ministerial life in
the Congregation and his diverse ministries
among which he highlighted being Visitor of the
Province of Rome and Director of the Daughters
of Charity. He also shared the challenge of the
new mission that has been entrusted to him. The
event culminated with a simple appetizer and a
delicious, very Italian, lunch.
Farewell and Welcome On Sunday, 27 July, we gathered to bid farewell to Brother José
Farewell and Welcome
On Sunday, 27 July, we gathered to bid
farewell to Brother José Iván Hueichán
Sánchez, of the Province of Chile. As
already mentioned, he served in the
General Curia for the last three years. With
the Eucharist and a tasty lunch, we
expressed gratitude and best wishes to our
Chilean companion on his return to his
native country. We take advantage of this
occasion to welcome Brother Gerardo
Fajardo from the Province of the
Philippines, who takes up the mission that
Brother Iván covered. To both of them,
thank you very much for your availability
and dedication.
B. Iván Huehichán, CM
B. Gerardo Fajardo, CM
The Vincentian Translation Project was begun in 1973 at the insistence of the then Superior General,
James W. Richardson. He encouraged the Visitors of the United States to see to the translation and
publication of Pierre Coste’s French collection of the Correspondence, Conferences, and Documents relating
to Saint Vincent de Paul.
The project struggled to get off the ground, but it was eventually decided to begin with the letters, which
had been roughly translated, but never published. The first volume of Correspondence finally appeared in
1985. Unfortunately the editor died and the project was slowed again. The second volume of Correspondence
was published in 1989 and the remaining six volumes came out over the next decade. It was then decided to
work on the volume of Documents, which had never been translated, whereas
the Conferences to the Vincentians and Daughters of Charity already had been
translated and published by a British confrere, but would need updating. With
the addition of many previously unpublished documents, this volume appeared
in print as two books (13A and 13B) in 2003. After that, the two two-volume
sets of Conferences to the Daughters of Charity and the Congregation of the
Mission were published between 2004 and 2010. For the past five years, work
has been proceeding on the final volume, the annotated Index of the previous 13
The series is not a simple translation of the original French. Much scholarly
research went into determining the location of the existing correspondence and
updating the footnotes so as to make 17 th century French people, places, and
terminology comprehensible to the English-speaking world of the 20 th and 21 st
Father John Carven (Eastern Province USA) took on that latter task and carried it through
Father John Carven (Eastern Province USA) took on that latter task and carried it through from beginning
to end. Sister Marie Poole, DC, has been involved in the translation of all the volumes and has served as editor
of Volumes 2-14. A number of other confreres and Daughters of Charity worked on the project over the years,
serving as consultants, translators, readers, and editorial assistants. The project was initially financed by the
ten provinces of Daughters of Charity and Vincentians in the United States, along with some contributions
from other English-speaking provinces and institutions. The National Conference of Visitors (USA) has
sponsored this work from the outset and has seen to the funding necessary to draw it to completion.
The final volume of the English edition of Saint Vincent de Paul: Correspondence, Conferences,
Documents is now available. Volume 14, the annotated Index of all previous volumes of the series, completes
the set, which is newly translated, edited, and annotated from the French edition of Pierre Coste, C.M.
Published by New City Press (Hyde Park, New York) it can be obtained through the translation office:
Vincentian Translation Project; 333 S Seton Ave; Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727; USA;
Movements of June
Nominationes / Confirmationes
D’AMICO Roberto
Director DC Naples
Visitor Toulouse
Visitor Philippines
Ordinationes sacerdotales
ILVA MACHADO Antonio José da
Necrologium Nomen Cond. Dies ob. Prov. Aet. Voc. CAWLEY John P. Sac 31/03/2014 Occ 75
Dies ob.
Prov. Aet. Voc.
ERMERS Jacques Mathieu
MACKAY* Gordon
Movements of July
Nominationes / Confirmationes
Superior Regional Albania
Director DC Río de
Ordinationes sacerdotales
CHIBUEZE NWALOKA Emmanuel Sac Nig 11/07/2014 EZE Kenneth Sac Nig 11/07/2014 EZENWA Peter Emeka Sac
EZE Kenneth
EZENWA Peter Emeka
IGBANGI Richard Terfa Albert
Dies ob.
CURTIN Cornelius
MELITO Ignatius M.
VAN LIN Guilherme Lino