Project of Rediscovering Vincentian Heritage

HPIM0520[Province of Belo Horizonte – Brazil] Some Sisters who lived the joy of going to the Motherhouse to attend Vincentian Sessions came together in 2009 and asked themselves: Why did we go? What for? What do we bring as a contribution to the Sisters? So at that time, the outline “Inventiveness” was begun to start a reflection on those questions and concerns.

In 2010, as a result of the proposition of CIEV (International Center of Vincentian Studies) in Bogotá (Colombia) to think about a Project for your own Province, the Project “Rediscovering the Vincentian Heritage” began to deepen our knowledge of the Founders in a systematic way.

Among other activities, the Project created a course called: “Revisiting our Roots” whose main goal is to deepen the Vincentian Heritage and to pass it on with consistency, highlighting its meaning and actuality. Thirty one Daughters of Charity registered.

September 3-5, 2013, at the Day care and Kindergarten Menino Jesus, in the city of Belo Horizonte, those Daughters attended the first module with the theme: “Vincent – Son of a History”. The course has 3 modules that should be taken with the same group of Sisters who began the first one and who need to save time to study and research in order to read and deepen the bibliography.

The chosen methodology was working in workshops for personal and group study on the important events for the life of the Company: Folleville and Châtillon-les-Dombes. It was done in 3 steps:

  1. Historical background where Saint Vincent de Paul lived.
  2. Insights into Vincent de Paul.
  3. Interpretation. Configuration of our identity and projection of insights for today.

There was an expository panel about the experiences lived in the International Vincentian Sessions and in other modalities of study offered by the Motherhouse.

Those days contributed a lot to enrich our faithful and creative living of our charism and Vincentian action. From this experience, the Daughters of Charity should be witnesses and builders today.

Sister Maria Amélia Ferreira Ribeiro, DC

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