On November 30, 2019, holy relics (hallows) of St. Vincent de Paul arrived at the Church of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, belonging to a convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent and located on 11 Zalizniak Street in Lviv. A solemn ceremony of bringing the hallows into the church took place, and the Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Andrii Rak, protohegumen of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Fr. Petro Baran, CSsR, and Fr. Stanislav Irisik, CM, were concelebrants at the Mass.
A sermon was delivered by Fr. Stanislav, superior of a community of the Fathers of the Mission in Perechyn, Zakarpattia region. In his homily, Fr. Stanislav pointed out several happenings of St. Vincent’s life that had become landmark events changing the life of that saint. One of such moments in his life was the year 1617, when priest Vincent realized that works of charity needed organized actions. That year was a starting point in establishing a community of women of charity that in our days became known all over the whole world as the International Associations of Charities (AIC). Later on, the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Fathers) and the Daughters of Charity were founded. Pope Benedict XIII declared Vincent blessed on August 13, 1729, and Pope Clement XII canonized him on June 16, 1737. To the present day Catholic youth, St. Vincent ranks the first in the top 10 world known saints. That French priest, who had devoted his life to serving the poor, sick and the most deprived, became a symbol of charity for Christian believers in all continents. It is after him that the most of hospitals, care and nursing centers have been named.
Presently, ten branches of the Vincentian Family work in Ukraine: five of them are monastic congregations and the rest five are lay organizations. The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the one and only Congregation of the Eastern Rite in Ukraine possessing the charism of St. Vincent. Following the example of St. Vincent, the Sisters take care of orphans, sick persons, elderly people and the most destitute. Currently, the Sisters carry out their mission in four regions of Ukraine. Thus, on that day we were extremely grateful to God for that splendid moment of unity between the Eastern and Western Churches by St. Vincent de Paul.
We ask St. Vincent to grant us the grace of even more ardent serving God and witnessing with our humble ministry in the world that nowadays so badly needs it. These relics will be hosted in our church till the end of December. So, we invite everyone to visit them and to beg St. Vincent for graces for yourselves, your families, and friends and for all people you know and do not know. With his personal example, Vincent teaches us to be merciful to each other, and it does not matter what kind of person our neighbor is, because God is merciful to all people.
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