Province News

Deep Vincentian Roots

“Growing up, we attended the novena every Monday night at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal,” Rita Esselman recalls. “Our faith and the Vincentian ‘way’ were central to our family life – I wanted to pass it on to our children.” Born and raised in Perryville, Mo., Rita and her future husband, Eugene Esselman, knew Vincentian priests and brothers since their early childhood days. Eugene worked at the local newspaper and, in his free time, helped to publish the seminary paper, The DeAndrein. Rita was active in the parish and school, and worked as a full-time mother – instilling a […]

A Voice for the Voiceless

In 1988, Martin and Madeline White began attending Holy Trinity, a Vincentian parish in Dallas, Texas. The couple was immediately drawn to the Vincentian outreach
ministry that 
was central to 
parish life. As a physician, Martin saw firsthand the overwhelming and pressing needs of many people in his local community.
 He began searching for ways to meet these needs outside of his medical practice. Promoting social justice and advocating for underserved populations became his passion. “Madeline and I had such a wonderful life,” recalls Martin. “We wanted to find ways to share our gifts with those in need.” After retiring from […]

Blessed Frederic Ozanam – A Vincentian Family Man

Antoine-Frederic Ozanam was an ordinary guy with extraordinary talent who lived an ordinary life but loved in extraordinary ways. St. Vincent de Paul was Frederic’s inspiration, exemplar, patron and star. Frederic was born in Milan, Italy, on April 23, 1813, but he was thoroughly French. He grew up in Lyon, France, was homeschooled until nine, and then attended the Royal Academy of Lyon. There Frederic started to write prose and poetry on a wide range of subjects. Frederic suffered a crisis of faith between 15 and 16 years old. The doubts disappeared when he dedicated his life to the service […]

Companions on a Journey

“We see ourselves as companions on a journey with those we serve,” says Mary Frances Jaster, co-director of Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. “Our volunteers learn to see the face of Jesus in everyone they meet, especially the poor and the marginalized.” This Vincentian ministry, established 30 years ago, provides faith formation opportunities to young adults from across the country, while they serve in the Denver area. The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers has received generous support from the Western Province in the form of grants, donations and, above all, the selfless service of priests and brothers. Since the beginning, the Vincentian charism has […]

200 Years of Service: Vincentians, Then and Now

When the Vincentians first arrived in the United States in 1816, the nation consisted of only 19 states and Abraham Lincoln was only seven years old. Within a year of their arrival, the Vincentian pioneers had made their way to Bardstown, Kentucky, and by 1818 they had established their home in Perryville, Missouri. A small country town on the American frontier, Perryville proved to be a spiritual hub for the Vincentians in the United States. Before long, a vibrant ministry to the poor took root from coast to coast and from border to border. Vincentian priests and brothers established colleges […]

Association of the Miraculous Medal Celebrates 100th Anniversary

In 2018, the Association of the Miraculous Medal will celebrate its 100th anniversary. With more than 300,000 members currently and 36,000 prayer requests each year, the Association is a powerful witness of faithful dedication. “Many of the people we serve are searching for Christ’s mercy – for themselves and for their loved ones. They begin by sending prayer requests for others, but soon realize that they’ve been transformed as well,” says Don Fulford, Director of the Association of the Miraculous Medal. Since its founding in 1918, the ministry has encouraged countless people to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through […]

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 […]