We are blessed to serve among very diverse populations within our multicultural Vincentian parishes, as well as serve specific populations in diocesan parishes through our “Hispanic Mission Teams.” From Latin immigrant populations in Eastern Long Island, the Vietnamese community in Greensborough, NC, to the indigenous Ngäbe in the Panamanian forest – ministering amongst multicultural communities has come to strongly define who we are as a Vincentian Province.
Beyond the fundamental ministries in communities of faith such as the sacraments, faith formation, youth ministry, and social ministry, our works among largely immigrant communities call us to advocate for immigrants’ rights and to address the many issues that surface amongst our communities. The richness of cultural and religious experience is also evident as the communities celebrate customs and feasts from their specific cultures, home countries or regions.
One sure sign that God is blessing our works is that many men from these diverse communities have entered our formation program to become Vincentian priest and brothers!
Vincent de Paul invited the priests and brothers of the congregation to see Christ present in the poor and marginalized. “Turn the coin,” he said, “and you will see by the light of faith that the Son of God, Whose will it was to be poor, is represented to us by just these people.” Our experience among diverse communities of faith continues to challenge us to grow closer to Christ ever-present among them.
Hispanic mission teams
- New York