International Symposium of the Vincentian Family

The Vincentian Family invites you to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of our charism. Scroll down and click for more information
October 12-15, 2017

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If you have not registered for the Symposium, there may still be seats available for the Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square.  However, a ticket is required to enter the area reserved for the Vincentian Family.  They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at “Istituto patristico AUGUSTINIANUM” – Via Paolo VI, 00193 Roma from 8:00 to 09:30.  There is always standing room in the Square.  All other Symposium events are at maximum capacity and therefore unavailable for additional participants.

If you have registered for the Symposium please be sure to pick up your packets at the Leonine on Wednesday or Thursday, 11 – 12 October.  Raincoats will be provided in each one in case of inclement weather.  If for some reason you are arriving on Friday, and have no one to pick up the packets for you, they may be picked up at each of the six venues in which the language groups will meet on 13 October.  In case of emergency, they may also be picked up at St. Peter’s Square at “Istituto patristico AUGUSTINIANUM” – Via Paolo VI, 00193 Roma from 8:00 to 09:30.  Please remember: you cannot enter a Symposium event without your nametag and scarf.

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Letter to Rome Participants

18 September 2017

Dear Vincentian Family Member,

May the peace of the Lord remain always in your heart!

In a very short time we will be together in Rome to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of our Vincentian Charism. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made to join us for this historically significant event. We are proud to say that over 8,700 Vincentians from around the world will be with us in Rome – and countless others watching the festivities from home.

With this letter, we wish to share with you important details for your stay in Rome.

The full schedule for the Symposium can be found by language on the FamVin website. Please go to: http://famvin400.info/

Below are some details that will help you with your planning for the event.

1. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 – 12 October: Registration Days

Please be sure to register at the Collegio Apostolico Leoniano [Via Pompeo Magno, 21]. Registration is from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (21:00) on both days.

“Lepanto” train station, Metro Line A

You will need to pick up your backpacks, yellow scarves, a raincoat, a booklet with all useful information and conference texts, and nametags in order to participate in the events of the Symposium.

If you have any informational materials which you would like to share with your fellow Vincentian Family members from around the world, please feel free to bring copies with you to the Leonine. We will have an area set up in which you can leave them for others to see and take.

Please wear your nametags and scarves for admission into all the events of the Symposium.

2. Thursday night, 12 October

The Miraculous Medal Prayer Service will be at the Basilica of St. John Lateran [Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4] from 6:00 PM (18.00) to 7:00 PM (19.00).

“San Giovanni” train station, Metro Line A

3. Friday, 13 October

The language groups will be meeting at the following locations:

a) Italian, Spanish and English: the PalaCavicchi [Via Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, 130].

Directions from the Termini Train Station: take the train to Ciampino. You must purchase your ticket in advance at the Ticket Office. The cost is € 1,50 each way. From there, a shuttle bus service is being offered for € 3 per person (round trip). The tickets must be purchased on the bus. There will be people at the station to guide you to the buses. If you prefer to walk, it will take 30 minutes from the Ciampino train station.

By Metro: take line “A” to the terminal “Anagnina.” Take bus 503 (at the terminal) and get off at the “Bandinelli” stop (opposite PalaCavicchi). Or a shuttle bus service is being offered for € 3 per person (round trip). The tickets must be purchased on the bus. There will be people at the station to guide you.

Your session will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. We recommend that you plan to arrive an hour earlier to allow sufficient time.

b) French: Parish of S. Gregorio VII [Via Gregorio VII, 6]

c) Polish: Casa Maria Immacolata [Via Ezio, 28] “Lepanto” train station, Metro Line A

d) Portuguese: Collegio Apostolico Leoniano [Via Pompeo Magno, 21] “Lepanto” train station, Metro Line A

As you will see on the schedule, your session will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

e) Consecrated Youth and Youth: the PalaCavicchi [Via Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, 130].

Please see the separate schedule for the times of your sessions on Friday afternoon and evening.

4. Saturday, 14 October

For the Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Square will open at 8.00 AM. You MUST have your nametag to be admitted.

It is strongly advised that you not bring any large bags: the police might refuse to admit you onto the square.

You are also encouraged to wear the native garb of your country to this event. It will be a powerful demonstration of the universality of our Charism.

On Saturday evening at 7:00 PM (19.00) we will gather for prayer at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, located at Piazzale San Paolo, 1. Please allow sufficient time for travel.

“Basilica di San Paolo” train station, Metro Line B

It is strongly advised that you not bring any large bags: the police might refuse to admit you onto the square.

5. Sunday, 15 October

Again, we invite you to wear your native garb to the closing Mass of our Anniversary Celebration at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. The entrance procession will begin at 10 AM.

“Basilica di San Paolo” train station, Metro Line B

Safe journeys – till we meet in Rome.

Sincerely,

Rev. Joseph V. Agostino, CM
Coordinator

What do Vincentians celebrate during 2017?

With the words: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matthew 25:35), the worldwide Vincentian Family inaugurates a Jubilee Year … a time during which it celebrates the 400th anniversary of the origin of its charism of service on behalf of the poor.

The events that took place in Folleville and Châtillon during the year 1617 mark the origin of the Vincentian charism and for 400 years the followers of Vincent de Paul, the members of the Vincentian Family, have dedicated themselves to service on behalf of the less fortunate members of society.

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January, 1617

Vincent heard the confession of a dying man which made Vincent aware of the spiritual abandonment of the poor country people.
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January 25, 1617

Vincent preached “the first sermon of the mission” in Folleville (France).
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August, 1617

As pastor in Châtillon, Vincent experienced the material poverty and misery of his parishioners … an event that transformed him into the Saint of Charity.