Growing in Vincentian Spirituality
Vincentian spirituality was formed through the lived experience of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and Blessed Rosalie Rendu. Together, they give us a heart so that people experiencing poverty might find the goodness of God in us.
There exists a hunger, a profound and authentic desire for wholeness in the midst of fragmentation, for community in the face of isolation, for meaning in life, for values that endure. Growing in Vincentian Spirituality is one way to satisfy that hunger and those desires.
Vincentians are called to be contemplatives in action and apostles in prayer, expecting that God comes in the unexpected: in unexpected people, times, ways and places. God wears a human face.
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St. Vincent de Paul identifies five virtues that are characteristic of his spirituality: simplicity, humility, gentleness, self-sacrifice, and zeal. These five virtues support us in our efforts to live out this vision in our ministry while we make our home visits.
Serving in Hope is a the spiritual formation program developed by the National Office, for the Conference and Council level. Vincentians must be accustomed to “serving in hope,” because we are called to bring the love of God to those who are poor and suffering. Therefore, all Vincentians must become rooted in the spirituality that is at the heart and soul of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Materials from the National Council.
The National Council offers an entire toolkit of resources for Vincentian Spirituality and Formation, including weekly bulletin announcements based on that week’s scripture, Vincentian Reflections for use at meetings and discussions, Vincentian Prayers, and Vincentian Liturgies — including a guide for preparation of Liturgies.
Seattle King County Council Loaner Library
We have a variety of Vincentian Spirituality books on hand for our use! Titles include The Spirituality of the Home Visit: A Journal, A Heart on Fire: Apostolic Reflection with Sister Rosalie Rendu, prayer resources, and more.
Please contact the Mission Renewal team at VincentianSupport@svdpseattle.org if you would like additional information, or to drop by and browse our shelves.