Date of publication: 31/01/2020

Circular Letter – 2020

Council General International

For the fourth year in a row, our fellow member, Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16th President General of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, has published the Circular Letter, which will be addressed to all fellow members of the world, giving food for thought. 

Since 1841, the Circular Letter has become a tradition for Presidents General. The document is divided into five sections: 1) Introduction; 2) Council General’s News; 3) Recommendation for Vincentians; 4) International themed year dedicated to the founder Félix Clavé; and 5) Conclusions. In 2020’s issue, our President Renato Lima emphasizes, to name a few, the actions related to youth, the United Nations, communication, the SSVP’s expansion to new territories, the red-tape issue, the decisions made in the Councils, the value of the systemic change, the importance of social media, the prayer and fraternal correction.

“The Circular Letter is a great tool for Vincentian formation and training within the Society of Saint Vincent the Paul. The pieces of writing produced by the President General convey his thoughts on current major topics and the challenges faced by fellow members in the Conferences, Special Works and Councils. In the main, the Circular Letter is worth reading and reflecting upon, since it could help when Vincentians seek to achieve greater standards of efficiency and quality in the projects they undertake.”, stated Marisa Téllez, International Vice-president for Formation and Traning.

Given that the Circular Letter is rather lengthy (15 pages), our recommendation is to read it in parts during Conference meetings. We would like to thank the Superior Councils for collaborating with the Council General in the dissemination of the Circular Letter in their respective countries, publishing it on the Internet and discussing about it in formation/training courses and meetings. For any comment or suggestion:

Enjoy your Reading!

Circular Letter 2020 – English

Circular Letter 2020 – French

Circular Letter 2020 – Spanish

Circular Letter 2020 – Portuguese

Circular Letter 2020 – Chinese

Circular Letter – Italian (To Be Published)

Circular Letter – Arabic (To Be Published)