Vincentian Schools Congress in Spain 23-24 April 2016

congres logo 600[Provinces of Spain] The Vincentian Schools are one of the most important services of the Daughters of Charity in Spain for the number of works and Sisters dedicated to it.  Inspired by our founders, Vincent de Paul and Louise of Marillac, they base their efforts on social integration of students, the awareness of people in need and the value of knowledge as a means for better serving others. At the moment in Spain there are more than 140 Educational Centres, with 4,370 educators and 62,000 students. The principles that inspire the educational style of the Vincentian School are:

  1. Holistic formation of pupils according with a Christian conception of life and the world.
  2. Preferential option for the weakest in their economic level, intellectual capacity or other limitation.
  3. Experiences of Gospel values, through which we reveal that God loves us.
  4. Commitment to justice and universal solidarity, with an active participation in the transformation and improvement of the society.
  5. Relationships and educational environment based on simplicity.
  6. Respect of life and nature, fomenting responsibility in front of progress of science and technology.

“The spirit of the Company consists in giving yourselves to God to love Our Lord and to serve Him corporally and spiritually in the person of the poor in their homes or elsewhere; to instruct poor young women, children, and generally all those whom Divine Providence may send you S.V. IX, Conf. 9.02.1953.

She shall place greater importance on instructing them well in the mysteries of faith, in correct morality, and on the difference between good and evil than on progress in reading or on the memorization of a lot of facts which reveal more curiosity and vanity than solid learning which consists in understanding clearly what has been taught and putting it to good use.” (S.L. A.91 B, Office of the Schoolmistress)”.  “The best way to teach is to do (L. 29. 9.7.1640 to the Abbé de Vaux).

Our Centres have a peculiar and certain form of perceiving reality that can be synthesized in two key factors:

  • A vision of hope, critical and optimistic of what is happening in the world that generates positive expectations in people, teams and families, starting from their potential not from their deficiencies.
  • A vision from Gospel values. Just as Jesus of Nazareth we accept people with their own values and circumstances and we offer them a vital enrichment that comes from spiritual and religious formation.

The educational process is not done in isolation, but with others: family, friends, community, society and the world. So interpersonal relationships, so real in our fraternal, community, pedagogic and pastoral experience, are established based in equality and inclusion, without discrimination of any type: neither cultural, religious nor gender.

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