A NEW CENTURY OF SERVICE
We invite you to celebrate with us a new century of faith. Our beloved Pope Francis is the first pope elected from the “New World.” More than half of Catholics under the age of 18 in the United States are Latino. The poor and the marginalized are, as Jesus taught, still with us! And we are blessed to serve them in our third century in America.
CELEBRATING THE DAWN OF OUR THIRD CENTURY IN AMERICA!
In January 1818, the people of the parish at the Barrens Settlement, now Perryville, Missouri, pledged $900 to purchase 640 acres of land and $1,500 for the construction of a seminary. A Vincentian priest from Italy, Fr. Joseph Rosati, C.M., the first rector, began the school with 10 seminarians. Rosati would become the first superior of the Vincentian mission in America and the first bishop of a new diocese: St. Louis.
OUR WORK CONTINUES TODAY
That was 200 years ago. As we, the fathers and brothers of the Western Province, begin our third century of service to the poor in America, there are still Vincentians in Perryville – many living in retirement. We still educate and form future priests. We still evangelize the poor, as did the Vincentians of the 1800s who demonstrated their care for slaves and Native Americans.
Our work continues today. Just as that few hundred dollars raised in 1818 yielded fruit a hundredfold, your gift will be a blessing multiplied many times over to those it reaches. Please prayerfully consider supporting the Vincentian priests and brothers and those they serve throughout the United States and Kenya, East Africa. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
|Walking with the Poor Program: Direct Service in the U.S.||$100,000|
|Grants awarded June 2017:|
|Hotel Hope in New Orleans|
|Vincent Grey Academy, East St. Louis|
|St. Jude Church, Tuba City|
|Welcome the Stranger||$20,000|
|Collaborative program with the Daughters of Charity to meet the immediate needs of the poor in Kenya|
|Care of Senior Vincentians||$775,900|
|Special patient lifts||$17,000|
|End of life expenses||$12,000|
|Medical costs for seniors in Perryville||$746,900|
|Education and Formation||$215,875>|
|Summer service among the poor||$12,600|
|Tuition in Kenya for one year||$58,275|
|Transportation for 35 seminarians to serve in parishes, hospitals, jails and slums||$70,000|
|Formation in the U.S. in the U.S.||$75,000|
Please make your gift today to support the Vincentian priests and brothers and those they serve throughout the United States and Kenya, East Africa. Thank you in advance for your generosity!