Dear Brothers and Sisters of the International Vincentian Family.
With joy we greet all the International Presidents of the various groups of the Vincentian Family.
We walk as pilgrims to the World Youth Days 2023 in Lisbon, but we also walk to the International Vincentian Youth Meeting. This first circular aims to give the main information so that the whole Vincentian Family can begin to organize itself. Share by the different groups and organize yourselves at the level of transmission of information by each country so that no Vincentian is left without the announcement of this international meeting.
- Who are we?
The organizing committee is composed of elements chosen by the various branches of the Vincentian Family in Portugal so that we can coordinate this great International Vincentian Youth Meeting (IVYM).
We chose as theme: “I am neither from here nor from there, but from wherever God wants me to be”, a sentence of St. Vincent de Paul to the Daughters of Charity in 1634 and which inspired us to find the following objectives: to allow an experience of the universality of the Church and the Vincentian charisma; to awaken to the Vincentian missionary vocation and its sending and to make us aware of the actuality of the Vincentian charisma today.
The meeting will take place on 29, 30 and 31 July and 1 August 2023. The last day will be for farewell and then travel to Lisbon, where the World Youth Days 2023 will be held (1 to 6 August 2023).
- Where will it take place??
The IVYM will take place in the city of Felgueiras, Porto. The city of Felgueiras was chosen because it is very representative for the branches of the Vincentian family, with a large presence of the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity. The Vincentian community in Felgueiras has a very strong representation and therefore could not stay out of this very important event.
- How can you follow us??
Through our social networks and our official email. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eijv2023 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eijv2023/ Email: [email protected]
- Next Steps
Very soon we will have our official website and the anthem of the meeting available.
The registration and places available for each country are being planned, part of it together with the organization of the World Youth Days (WYD), so as soon as we have more information we will communicate it.
Until then, the EIJV Organizing Committee counts on your collaboration and support so that this meeting takes place in the best possible way and so that this opportunity is unique in the lives of all the young people who will participate.
We invite you to follow and share our social networks.
Organizing Committee of the International Vincentian Youth Meeting 2023