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In Memoriam-2023

January 2024

We remember the Vincentians that we lost in 2023: Bro. Richard Hermann, C.M., and Fr. Michael Mulhearn, C.M., in this beautiful video produced by Catholic Teamworks and The God Minute. 

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Miles Heinen, C.M.

November 2023

Fr. Miles Heinen, C.M., who served for several years as the executive director of the Vincentian Solidarity Office in Rome, is now a senior priest in service at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Los Angeles and talks about the process of discerning a religious vocation and also the unexpected stops in his journey where he found himself saying, “yes.”

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. John Rybolt, C.M.

October 2023

Fr. John Rybolt, C.M., Vincentian Scholar at DePaul University in Chicago, tells about assembling the six-volume general history of the Congregation of the Mission and working in the literal presence of St. Vincent de Paul.

Tom Mangogna–Apostle of Charity

October 2023

Tom Mangogna, longtime supporter of the Vincentians of the Western Province, talks about his connection to the Congregation of the Mission and why being a monthly sustainer is his preferred way to support the Vincentians’ work.

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. J. Patrick Murphy, C.M.

September 2023

Fr. J. Patrick Murphy, C.M., is values director for DePaul International and also a Professor Emeritus at DePaul University, where he had a distinguished career as a teacher, faculty leader, and administrator. He discusses his entry into the Vincentian community as a product of his admiration for the Vincentians he met as a young man, as well as his commitment to the DePaul students and his own continued learning.

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Joseph Williams, C.M.

August 2023

Fr. Joe Williams, C.M., pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Chicago, Illinois, discusses his early Vincentian education and its role in his later decision to become a Vincentian priest, as well as the process he underwent to learn to love the poor.

Conversations with Confreres-Bro. Mark Elder, C.M.

July 2023

Bro. Mark Elder, Art Professor and muralist at DePaul University in Chicago, discusses the role of providence in his joining the Congregation of the Mission, as well as how he as an artist serves the Vincentian mission.

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Guillermo Campuzano, C.M.

June 2023

Fr. Guillermo Campuzano, C.M., Vice President of Mission and Ministry at DePaul University in Chicago, talks about joining the Congregation of the Mission in his native Colombia after meeting the Vincentians while working in a custodial position. He also shares a story of having to leave Colombia because of political persecution, an experience he says wounded him physically and in his heart.  

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Derek Swanson, C.M.

May 2023

Fr. Derek Swanson, C.M., says that he was inspired to join the Vincentians by the writings of St. Vincent de Paul himself and that two groups of lay ministers and parishioners provided inspiration about what it means to be a Vincentian. 

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Milton Ryan, C.M.

April 2023

Fr. Milton Ryan, C.M., Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Dallas, TX, discusses his conversion to Catholicism and his entry into the seminary more than 40 years ago, including a story about a mission trip and a moment that served as a turning point in his journey toward becoming a Vincentian. 

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Toshio Sato, C.M.

March 2023

Fr. Toshio Sato, C.M., Vocation Director for the Congregation of the Mission Western Province, talks about his conversion to Catholicism and shares a fond memory from his years of ministry in the March 2023 installment of our video series, Conversations with Confreres. He also offers some simple but valuable advice for anyone discerning a vocation to religious life.

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Michael Mulhearn, C.M.

February 2023

Fr. Michael Mulhearn, C.M., talks about his introduction to the Vincentians and remembers his ordination day as a wedding day.

FY 23 Annual Appeal ‘Thank You’

January 2023

Donors to the Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Appeal for the Congregation of the Mission Western Province help support the Vincentians’ work on behalf of the poor, including for the Walking with the Poor Program, which helped fund Vincentian Marian Youth SEMO’s upcoming mission trip to New Orleans.

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Joseph Geders, C.M.

January 2023

Fr. Joseph Geders, C.M., pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Perryville, MO, discusses evangelization by meeting people where they are.

Conversations with Confreres-Fr. Richard Wehrmeyer, C.M.

December 2022

Fr. Rich Wehrmeyer, C.M., Director of Formation for the Congregation of the Mission Western Province, stresses the importance of quiet times, whether discerning a calling or at any other times in our increasingly busy lives.