The virtual event brought together Vincentian leaders from all the Uruguayan branches.
On June 19th, a virtual meeting was held to found the Vincentian Family’s National Council in Uruguay.
The meeting was a great success, and gathered leaders of the main branches of the Vincentian Family worldwide, including international guests.
The opening segment was conducted by Father Tomaz Mavric, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, with prayers and fraternal greetings to those present. Shortly afterwards, several Famvin speakers took the floor and delivered motivational speeches.
The SSVP was represented at the event. The National President, Sister Estrella Prendez, gave a beautiful speech on the history of Vincentian Conferences in Uruguay, and showed statistics and current challenges of the Vincentian action.
Renato Lima de Oliveira, the 16th President General, was also invited to the ceremony and remarked that the establishment of the Vincentian Family’s National Council in Uruguay is the “pinnacle of the Vincentian work” carried out with the poor over time. “This new Council will strengthen the Family, increase mutual collaboration, bring forward common projects and enhance our communication and formation. To my mind, this is all positive, because together we are stronger, and, hence, we can better serve those in need,” commented President Lima de Oliveira.
The SSVP is also part of Famvin National Council’s Board, with members holding the offices of Secretariat and Treasurer. The following branches are also part of the Council: Congregation of the Mission (CM), Daughters of Charity (DC), Association of the Miraculous Medal (AMM), Vincentian Lay Missionaries (MISEVI) and the Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY).
From now on and thanks to the foundation of this National Council in Uruguay, the Central Office of the Vincentian Family, based in Philadelphia (USA), will focus its efforts in the Caribbean, where it is necessary to strengthen this type of organization. The SSVP remains at the disposal of Famvin to support this upcoming challenge.
May St. Vincent, Louise de Marillac and Ozanam help us open up all possible paths for the Vincentian Family to grow in quantity and quality. Let us pray.
Click here to read sister Estrella Prendez’s full speech in Spanish.