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INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF SEMINARIANS OF CONGREGATION OF MISSION OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL FROM EUROPE

A meeting took place on August 25-30 in France’s town Villebon. During those days, seminarians visited the places where St. Vincent de Paul had worked and actually discovered his vocation. Surely, the program of meetings and conferences was rich and fascinating. There were talks about identity as being part of the Congregation, about the vocation and the reasons of losing it. Moreover, they covered the topics of living in a community, ministry and missions. The future of the Congregation of the Mission, formation of new vocations among both religious and lay people, of those joining the Vincentian Family to serve to the poor in spirit of the Vincentian charism were discussed as well. That was important back in the times of St. Vincent de Paul, and the formation of lay people is crucial nowadays as well. In order to fill the Church with people, we need to try to provide a formation for them. We must take care of their mental world and be good shepherds for them just like Jesus Christ used to.

Nowadays, our Congregation is present in over 90 countries, and there is hope this number will grow in a few years. The Vincentian Family has about 200 branches. For this reason, our cooperation should be international. To strengthen our unity, we need to have a dialogue between the branches of the Vincentian Family. This dialogue must be local, in a certain province or a country, as well as it should be fostered in the international direction. The appeal of General Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM, addressed to the seminarians was: “Learn languages! My predecessor spoke of one language at least, and I say you should know two languages.” A command of foreign languages will help us maintain the dialogue between provinces.

The Internet can help us improve our international cooperation. Nowadays, living in the 21st century, we can keep track of all events using Internet resources. Everyone can find lots of information about the activity of the Vincentian Family in the world at our website Famvin.global. One of the problems of this website and other international websites is our lack of translators and our modest facilities to introduce new languages and to enhance language resources of these webpages. Thus, the new possible forms of communication and spreading the Vincentian charism are mass media, social networks and webpages.

Seminarians can help in keeping social network pages. “Since seminarians are young and have better opportunities for communication with the youth, do not be afraid to spread the Vincentian charism through social networks as well.” What if social networks could be another area to win new vocations?

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