Tracing its roots to St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac in 17th century France, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Community is part of a worldwide movement known today as the Vincentian Family Movement. St. Vincent’s vision began this movement that has fostered a new international dynamism today – the joint efforts of men and women, ordained, religious and lay, to combat the forces of poverty both in individual lives as well as in societal structures that perpetuate it.
The Vincentian charism (spirit) sees God in persons who are poor and commits to serve them and work to eliminate the root causes of poverty. Internationally, there are more than 4 million people following in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul. The Vincentian Family is large, multicultural, multilingual and prophetic. There are more than 150 branches across the world – religious congregations and charitable and youth organizations.
The Vincentian Family Movement – represented by the new FamVin logo – strives “to ignite the flame of collaboration among the branches of the family.” The work of the Vincentian Family is coordinated by the Vincentian Family Executive Committee (VFEC) of which Sister Eileen Haynes, SCL Councilor (left), is a member. The Vincentian Family Office is located in Philadelphia.