Vincentian Family Gathering

Posted by Dana Hinton

May 16, 2023

Michaelette Pavlik, SCN, and Corrine Giel, SCN, are part of the planning committee that organized this event. Along with Sister Michaelette and Sister Corrine, Denise Hibel, SCN, and Cecilia Ann Fatula, SCN, attended the event.

Compassionate Hearts ~ Generous Hands
Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pennsylvania

The day began at 9:30 am with prayer, including the Vincentian Litany and two Vincentian Formation presentations (Vincentian Table and Systemic Change in the Vincentian Charism). A highlight was viewing the Gen Verde music video “Walk on Holy Ground,” which was an invitation to attend the National Vincentian Family Gathering this Oct. in Chicago. Dr. James Withers, MD, who inaugurated Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net in Pittsburgh, which brings medical care and social services directly to the unsheltered homeless, gave the keynote presentation. Dr. Withers also helped create the Street Medicine Institute to promote the global practice of street medicine. His presentation was titled “Go to the People.” The program included presentations by an additional five direct service ministries. Through the presentations about Mary House, the Uniontown Ladies of Charity’s Children’s Closet and Ministry with Penn State Uniontown Campus, P.O.W.E.R. (PA Organization for Women in Early Recovery), St. Joseph House of Hospitality, and the Red Door Ministry (feeding people since the time of the Depression – 90+ years), all learned about the uniqueness of each of these direct service organizations and how we might collaborate and support one another in service.

Upon registration, each participant was invited to bring with them suggested donations to the ministry/ies of their choice. These donations were placed on designated tables before the opening prayer. Later, participants boxed/bagged the tables of donations for the organizations. Times for questions and answers, reflection, and sharing at tables helped participants mine their experiences. The end-of-day table sharing invited comment on our shared experience by responding to one of four questions: 1. What did you see? 2. What did you hear? 3. What did you feel? 4. Where did you see the face of Christ? Departure around 3:00 followed reciting together the Prayer of the Vincentian Family. It was a rich and uplifting day shared with “the Family.”

For reference purposes, see these documents from the gathering:


1 Comment

  1. Linda Soltis, SCN

    From what I read it was an enriching and inspiring event. How good it is to witness the power of working together to help bring about the reign of God.


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