Those of us who follow in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul are called to serve Christ in all people. We do this through our words and works. Our motto is “He has sent me to evangelize the poor” (Luke 4:18).

For more than 400 years, Vincentians have found joy in serving the underserved in many places around the world. The work of St. Vincent has continued here in the United States for 200 years, and in the Eastern Province of the United States for 170 years.

We meet the people, enter their world, learn their stories, and accompany them as they walk through the trials and joys of their lives. We recognize and acknowledge the dignity of all people as being created in the image and likeness of God. We live the call of Pope Francis, who tells us to “be shepherds, living with the smell of the sheep… as shepherds among your flock.”

St. Vincent taught us to accompany people as they journey through their lives—some just beginning, others further down the path. Sometimes, we are the ones in need of some help; other times we are the ones who can lend a helping hand.

These posts open a window to view the world through the eyes of Vincentians and the women, men, and children we serve on a spiritual and practical level. As we live out our calling, we realize that when we encounter Christ in everyone we meet, we can’t help but be changed by Him and our service to those we are assisting. Hearing these stories inspires us to do more.

What makes Vincentians different is our shared responsibilities to work together in our missions. The need is great, and to better serve the needs of people in a community, we are often helped by laypeople and organizations as we minister to the people for the greater good.

Oftentimes, we inspire those we serve to, in turn, become volunteers to help their community. Their success inspires others to make the leap, and allows everyone to be involved in serving their community, even as they are being ministered to as well.

This is what it means to walk the path with us in ministry, to hear and respond to the call of Christ.

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