[Province of Fortaleza – Brazil] The VII Interprovincial Meeting of the Vincentian Vocation Ministry of the Provinces of Brazil took place in October 7-12, 2014 at the Provincial House of the Daughters of Charity of the Province of Fortaleza. The theme was “Promoting a Vocational Culture to a better service of the poor”. Besides all 6 Visitatrixes of Brazil, the participants were Daughters of Charity, Congregation of the Mission (members from their 3 Provinces), Religious of Saint Vincent de Paul, and Sisters of Saint Vincent de Paul of Gysegem; 73 people in total.
Sister Neriuza Franco, from the Province of Curitiba, made a presentation on the vocational path of our Founders, Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac, highlighting that “the vocational discernment made by the Founders took place in a progressive way and was characterized by tireless search for the will of God”.
Father Tito Marega, Religious of Saint Vincent de Paul, reflected on the theme “Promoting a Vocational Culture to a better of the poor” using two key words: challenges and perspectives, making references to the Church Documents as Evangelii Gaudium, Novo Millenium Ineunte and so on. From these documents, he called our attention to three strong points: sanctity, testimony and gift.
With the strong desire of “Promoting a Vocational Culture to a better service of the poor”, the participants elaborated together the following Lines of Action that will guide the Vincentian Vocational Ministry during the next 3 years:
- Vocational Culture: Revitalize the missionary zeal inside and outside of our Communities with joy and fidelity to consecration.
- Youth: Intensify our work with youth, especially with the Vincentian Youth (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Vincentian Marian Youth, Miraculous Medal Association) and other branches of the Vincentian Family.
- Formation: Provide the means to a formation based on the pedagogy of Jesus Christ, in his option for the Kingdom according to the understanding of our Founders.
The meeting happened in an atmosphere of joy, friendship, sharing of experiences, dynamism and prayer services whose summit was the Eucharist. Everything contributed to days full of joy and fidelity to God as people in love for their vocation and for the Kingdom of God.
As vocational animators, we should have the same regard of Vincent and Louise to accompany the Young people who reach us.
Sister Raimunda Dias, DC