You Are a Partner in Our Mission

Thanks to the prayerful support of our donors and friends, the Vincentians of the Western Province have accomplished much in service to the poor this past year. Their generosity touches in the lives of those served in our parishes and schools, in soup kitchens and retreat centers, and in villages and towns outside Nairobi, Kenya.

Here are a few of the ways the support of our donors has impacted the lives of those in need:

  • You helped the Vincentians provide additional housing options for more than 60 homeless people in St. Louis, MO, through a partnership with Depaul USA.
  • You helped Sacred Heart in Patterson, CA, reach out to the migrant community through the newly established Pastoral Migratoria program.
  • You supported a mother in Nairobi with assistance to start a modest sewing business in order to send her children to school.
  • You provided resources to serve Hispanic families at St. Vincent Parish in Perryville, MO, spreading the joyful message of Jesus to thousands.

Now more than ever, our partnerships with lay leaders, volunteers, donors and the entire Vincentian Family help to enliven our work. As the number of priests and brothers declines, we look to people like you to carry out the work of St. Vincent.

As a partner in our mission, you share the Vincentian charism and play a central role in advancing our work with the poor. Thank you for making these works of mercy possible for those we serve.

Click here to view our 2017 Annual Report.

 

Fr. Toshio Sato, C.M., Becomes U.S. Citizen

He grew up a farm boy in a rural area of Japan, 150 miles north of Tokyo. The nearest city is Fukushima the site of the nuclear reactor disaster caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people.

His father was a leader at the local Buddhist temple. Every morning his grandmother faithfully said her prayers and invited the boy to sit next to her as she chanted before the Buddhist shrine in her home.  This family was a traditional rural farming family growing rice.

The boy’s name is Toshio Sato. He was an excellent student who finished 5th in the local English speech competition narrowly missing qualifying for the Japanese national competition. As a seventh grade boy he was fascinated by the American DJ and radio personality Casey Kasem making weekly charts of the Top 40 rock and roll songs.

Toshio had a goal of studying international economics and enjoying the riches that come with a successful career. He came to Chicago in 1996 to work at the Japanese consulate, and found his way to DePaul University. As a student he had no idea who the Vincentians were but the influence of one priest changed his life. He attributes his conversion to the influence of his devout Buddhist family who instilled a distinctive spirituality in him and the powerful witness of the Vincentians. He converted to Catholicism in 2004 and was ordained in 2013.

“Freedom,” he says, “comes at a price and I feel a responsibility to be a good citizen and recognize the value of liberty for all.”

Most recently Toshio has completed the requirements for citizenship in the United States. “Freedom,” he says, “comes at a price and I feel a responsibility to be a good citizen and recognize the value of liberty for all.” Fr. Toshio has responded to the worldwide Vincentian call for international missionaries and will be serving the poor in Bolivia. Toshio encourages other young men around the world to listen to the call to serve.

Toshio Sato, CM. A Japanese boy. A servant of the poor in South America. An American citizen. A Vincentian priest of Jesus Christ.

New Director of Formation In Kenya

Fr. Pat McDevitt, C.M., recently was assigned to the Vincentian Region in Kenya, where he serves as Director of Formation. In his new role, Fr. Pat oversees and supports the education and formation of more than 30 seminarians at the DePaul Centre in Nairobi. Since his ordination in 1986, he has been involved in parish ministry, seminary formation, spiritual direction, counseling, teaching and preaching retreats. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, Masters of Divinity, Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Psychology.

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