SERVICE TO THE POOR
We must “keep in mind in this work of evangelization which the Congregation proposes to carry out: attention to the realities of present-day society, especially to the factors that cause an unequal distribution of the world’s goods, so that we can better carry out our prophetic task of evangelization.”
Jesus sought out the poor. Time after time in the Gospel we find him with ordinary people, outcasts, the blind and lame, sinners and sinister characters. Vincentians seek out and announce the Good News of the Gospel – peace and mercy – to those on the margins, those who are rejected by the world.
To follow Christ is to “evangelize” the poor. This is the fundamental idea that gives life and unity to the Congregation of the Mission and to the spirituality of those who have committed themselves to continue the mission of Jesus. It is our desire to achieve the perfection of charity.
Today the Vincentians lead vibrant ministries to the poor throughout the Western Province, including:
- DePaul University student outreach to the poor, to teach the Vincentian charism to new generations. Lifelong habits of charity grow from these experiences.
- The Rebuild Center in New Orleans, not only to rebuild but also create systemic change following Hurricane Katrina.
- Ministry on Native American Reservations, to reach people who have lived on the periphery for generations.
- Legal Services for immigrants, to provide assistance in a sometimes challenging environment.