Introduction of Vincentian Family in India

In the 90’s, based on several experiences in different countries, the major superiors of some branches met and a persistent proposal of Vincentian collaboration emerged from that. In 1991, the then Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, Very Rev. Robert P. Maloney, responded to the proposal by calling for the meeting of the major superiors/heads of the various communities of the Vincentian Family. The experience has been so rich. This gathering of the leaders of each branch continued once a year to promote the ties of unity and launch common actions on an international level. In order to realize the Vincentian Charism effectively here and now, the leaders urged the need of strengthening unity and collaboration, praying for one another, promoting specific Vincentian formation and finding ways of reaching together the poorest of the poor.

In accordance with the same spirit, the major superiors of the some of the branches of Vincentian Family were trying to form the VF in India. Many attempts were made to unite the various branches in India. One of the attempts was made by Fr. Francis Puthenthayil C.M along with Bro. Jospeh Pandian and the National Executive body of SSVP. It took place in the month of November of 2006. Fr. Francis Puthenthail C.M proposed a meeting of the major superiors and heads of Vincentian Family. Bro. Joseph Pandian the then national president of SSVP and his team whole heartedly welcomed this idea and offered full support including hoisting a meeting of the major superiors and heads of the Vincentian Family at Banglore. The first meeting was held on the last Saturday of the month of February of 2007. The experience was so enthralling. The major superiors and heads of four major branches attended the meeting (CM, DC, SCV and SSVP). Fr. Francis Puthenthayil was unanimously elected as the National Coordinator of the VF in India. There was a proposal for to have the similar type of gathering of the major superiors / heads of various branches of the VF once a year. Since the first meeting was held on last Saturday of February it was decided to have the second one on the last Saturday of February 2008.

Accordingly, the second annual gathering of the Vincentian Family was held at Kannyakumari in February 2008. Eleven various communities represented for this meeting. All felt the need of coming together and work together for the causes of the poor. In order to be effective in coordinating the Vincentian Family, an executive body has been formed. The body consisted of Fr. Francis Puthenthayil CM, Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Kallamackal CM, Sr. Salvia SCV, Sr. Rose Kidengen DC and Bro. Joseph Pandian. There was also a proposal to prepare a directory for the Vincentian Family so that those who belonged to this family could know each other. Fr. Francis Puthenthayil took up the charge of preparing the directory. He was asked to present it in the following annual gathering of 2009. All expressed sincere thanks to SSVP who met all the expenses of the gathering.

The third annual gathering was held at Mysore from 21 to 23 February 2009. The directory of VF in India was released during the get together. At this meeting there was another proposal that is to have a set of guidelines for the Vincentian Family so that it may promote better unity and collaboration among the family members. Fr. Francis Puthenthayil was asked to draft the guidelines and present to the forthcoming annual gathering for its approval and implementation. The meeting concluded with expression sincere thanks to CM Confreres of the south Indian Province who met all the expenses of the gathering.

The fourth annual gathering was held at Gopalpur-on-sea from 27 to28 February 2010. There was a representation from eight branches. At this meeting there was a proposal to have ongoing formation programme for those volunteers who undertake to coordinate the Vincentian Family in local level. Very Rev. Fr. Varghese Thottamkara CM, the Visitor of South India volunteered to contact the first such programme in collaboration with Fr. George Ayaloor CM in the month of May 2010. The General Body accepted the guidelines of the VF in India with some minor corrections. All expenses for this gathering were met by the CM confreres of North Indian Province.

The fifth annual gathering was held at Manathavady from 25 to 27 February 2011. There was a representation from nine branches. At this meeting there was a proposal to promote Vincentian Family in grass root level. Fr. George Ayaloor CM was requested to arrange a seminar on systemic change in the month of May 2010. Bro. Rajeswar Rao was elected as the secretary of VFI. There was a strong proposal to establish a secretariat at Bangalore. The Daughters of Charity of South Indian Province was requested to consider allotting some place for the same. The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at Manathavady volunteered to sponsor the food and lodging for the participants.

The Sixth annual gathering was held at Bangalore from 21 to 22 January, 2012. There was a representation from eleven branches. At this meeting there was a proposal for reconfiguration of some of the regions. Accordingly Western Region was divided into two. There was a strong proposal to start a news bulletin for VFI. The proposed name for the bulletin was vinfamindia. The Daughters of Charity of South Indian Province sponsored the programme.

The Seventh annual gathering was held at Ranchi from 23 to 27 February 2013.There were representation from eleven branches. Fr. Robert P Maloney and his team for systemic change gave the input session. There were 125 participants. At this meeting there was a proposal to think of having a common project for promoting the dignity of women. The meeting concluded with expression sincere thanks to SCN sisters of the Patna Province who met all the expenses of the gathering.

The Eighth annual gathering was held at Angamally from 22 to 23 February 2014.There were representation from eleven branches. Rev. Dr. Augustine Valloran gave the input session. There were 55 participants. At this meeting there was a proposal to constitute a commission for systemic change. There was also a strong proposal to revive the commission for promoting the dignity of women. The meeting concluded with expression of sincere thanks to VC Fathers especially the Mary Matha Province of the Vincentian Congregation (Angamaly) who met all the expenses of the gathering.

The Ninth annual gathering was held at Mysore from 21 to 22 February 2015. There was a representation from nine branches. Very Rev. Fr. Gregory G. Gay CM, the International Coordinator of Vincentian Family was present on the first day of the gathering. Fr. Gregory had enlightened the participants about the developments and activities of VF in worldwide. While appreciating the steady growth of VF in India, he called for a better collaboration among the various branches to promote the Vincentian Charism i.e., to evangelise the poorest of the poor. There was a strong proposal to establish a secretariat at Belwady in Mysore. The participants expressed their sincere thanks to the members of the South Indian Province of the Congregation of the Mission for sponsoring the food and lodging for the participants.

The Tenth Annual General Body Meeting was held at St Vincent’s Retreat cum Seminar Center, Gopalpur-on-Sea (Odisha) from 12 to 13 March, 2016. There were 43 participants from nine branches of VF. The presence of Rt. Rev. Thomas Thiruthalil CM (Bishop Emeritus of Balasore) and Rt. Rev. Simon Kaipuram C.M, Bishop of Balasore solemnized the occasion. Sr. Christo Kumari DC (Visitatrice of Northern Province), the hosting superior delivered the inaugural address. Rt. Rev. Simon Kaipuram CM and Prof. Joseph Pandian SSVP enlightened the members on the theme “Collaboration in Vincentian Family: Biblical and Lay Perspectives”. The participants appreciated the contributions and untiring works of Fr. Francis Puthenthayil CM in bringing together the various branches of VF in India. It paved the way for knowing each other and has explored the ways for collaborating with each other. In the place of Bro. Rajeswar Rao, Prof. Tomy Varghese SSVP and Mathew MC SSVP were elected secretary and joint secretary respectively. The plan of starting the VF secretariat at Belwadi, Mysore was once again reiterated. The two day meeting was concluded with the proposal of vote of thanks to all those involved, especially Sisters of the North Indian Province of the Daughters of Charity, in making the meeting meaningful and successful.

Resolutions of the various annual gatherings


1. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2007 at Bangalore, Karnataka

1. Rev. Fr. Francis Puthenthayil is unanimously elected as the coordinator to organize the Vincentian Family.
2. The SSVP quarterly bulletin REACH OUT will be sent to all the branches of the family. Each branch will order for the required number of copies. The contribution for one copy is only Rs. 25/- per year. The Family members will send NEWS & VIEWS to the bulletin. Two or three pages will be allotted for this purpose in the bulletin as per the requirement. The address of the Chief Editor of the Reach Out will be sent to the participants along with the minutes. Responsibility of collecting the news & views will be entrusted to one person from each family.
3. Copies of the minutes will be sent to the participants and the other members of the family.
4. It is decided to hold the Vincentian Family Meet once in a year, preferably on the last Saturday of February. The expenses of the meeting will be shared by the participants then and there itself. The next meeting will be held on 23.02.08 at Kanyakumari.
5. Coordination among the Vincentian families at the grass root level should be encouraged.
6. The lay Vincentians are to be supported spiritually by the Vincentian Clerics.
7. Area wise one or two days seminars on Vincentian Spirituality are to be conducted depending on the area, language etc. Once in a year before the feast of St. Vincent De Paul a seminar should be held and new forms of poverty are to be traced out.
8. The Vincentian family prayer is to be printed and circulated. Sr. Grace Moolan DC volunteered to send the copies.
9. Vincentian Marian Youth leaders are to be invited for the meetings of the family.
10. The C.C or Area Council should collect the members of the Vincentian family serving in the jurisdiction of CC or AC.

2. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2008 at Kannyakumari, Tamilnadu

1. Vincentian Family is committed to work together for the evangelisation of the poor.
2. A clear vision and mission for the Vincentian Family in India is to be articulated properly so that the members of the Vincentian Family will be in a better position to cooperate and work together for the causes of the poor. This task of articulating was entrusted to the executive body.
3. The annual meeting of the heads of the Vincentian Family will be continued. It shall be for two days in the last week of February. The first day is for input session and the second day is for sharing and planning.
4. There should be an executive body for the Vincentian Family. The participants selected the following as members of executive body: Fr. Francis Puthenthayil CM (Coordinator); Fr. Mathew Kallamackal CM (Visitor of North Indian Province), Sr. Salvia SCV (Mother General), Sr. Rose Kidangen DC (Visitatrix of South Indian Province), Sr. Sangeetha SCN (Provincial superior) and Bro. T.J. Pandian (National President of SSVP). The period of the members of the executive body is for three years. The executive body shall come together twice in a year – in February and in August.
5. When natural calamities or disasters occur, the Vincentian Family shall collaborate together so that effectively the victims could be helped. A common project could be thought of for eradicating or arresting some new forms of poverty.
6. The views and news of the Vincentian Family shall be published in “Reach Out”, the bulletin of SSVP.
7. Every year a Vincentian seminar shall be conducted for two days. The Executive body will decide the theme and the details of the said seminar.
8. A Vincentian Study center could be started where the materials of Vincentian Family could be made available.
9. A course on Vincentian Spirituality lasting two to sixteen weeks could be arranged. So that the members of the various Vincentian Family could be updated of their spiritual heritage.
10. In view of activating the local family groups, there shall be occasional gathering of the members of Vincentian Family in a zonal /regional level.
11. For knowing each in a better way a catalogue or directory of the various branches of Vincentian Family could be published. For the same a web site could be also thought of for the future.
12. The feast of St. Vincent de Paul could be arranged in such a manner that all the Vincentian Family could partake in it.
Accordingly, the second annual gathering of the Vincentian Family was held at Kannyakumari in February 2008. Eleven various communities represented for this meeting. All felt the need of coming together and work together for the causes of the poor. In order to be effective in coordinating the Vincentian Family, an executive body has been formed. The body consisted of Fr. Francis Puthenthayil CM, Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Kallamackal CM, Sr. Salvia SCV, Sr. Rose Kidengen DC and Bro. Joseph Pandian. There was also a proposal to prepare a directory for the Vincentian Family so that those who belonged to this family could know each other. Fr. Francis Puthenthayil took up the charge of preparing the directory. He was asked to present it in the following annual gathering of 2009.
The third annual gathering was held at Mysore from 21 to 23 February 2009. The directory of VF in India was released during the get together. At this meeting there was another proposal that is to have a set of guidelines for the Vincentian Family so that it may promote better unity and collaboration among the family members. Fr. Francis Puthenthayil was asked to draft the guidelines and present to the forthcoming annual gathering for its approval and implementation.

3. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2009 at Mysore, Karnataka

1. During natural calamities / riots all the branches who are present in that area could come together.
2. The executive body is expanded to seven. Bro. Shaji Bosco has been elected as the new member of the executive body.
3. The Fourth annual gathering of the major superiors/heads will be held at Gopalpur (last week of February 2010). The N. Indian Province of CM will sponsor the food and lodging.
4. An annual contribution of Rs. 1000.00 is to be collected from each branch. It could become the Corpus Fund. The administrative expense will be correspondence, travel etc.
5. The National Executive Body will take the responsibility of uniting together various branches of the Vincentian Family in different regions.
6. The National Executive Body will conduct short term programmes in three different places.
7. Since one-month programme is very long duration it may be reduced to two weeks. It could be conducted in the second week of May 2010. The executive body will fix the venue and the topic.
8. It is good to have a Vincentian Study Centre. But it is too early to think about a building exclusively for this purpose.
9. News and views of Vincentian Family could be sent to ‘Reach Out’.
10. If possible in each State there could be a team to promote the VF. The team shall be consisting of a priest, a nun and two lay people.
11. Mr. Shaji is asked to prepare Web site for VF.
12. The Executive Body will prepare statutes for VF. Rev. Fr. Francis Puthenthayil is asked to prepare the draft of it.
13. Sr. Maria Kalloorthottiyil DC volunteered to translate the booklet on the Miraculous Medal which was printed in Malayalam to English and other local languages.

The following assignments given are realized as per the request of the General Body:
1. The Directory of the VFI
2. The statutes for the VFI
3. The website for VFI


4. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2010 at Gopalpur-on-Sea, Orissa

1. THE VF STRUCTURE would be as follows:

Local Body – Regional Body – National Body
The Regions were identified and their coordinators were nominated.
1. Kerala Region: Very Rev. Fr. James Chelapuram VC.
2. Tamil Nadu Region: Bro. M. Xavier James Raj SSVP
3. Andhra Pradesh Region: N. Krupanandam SSVP
4. Eastern Region (Orissa/West Bengal/Jharkhand/Bihar): Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Kallammakal CM.
5. Northern Region (All other states not included in the list of other regions): Sr. Sangeetha SCN
6. North East Region: Rev. Fr. Basil Thottamkara CM
7. Western Region (Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat): Rev. Fr. George Ayalloor CM.

2. The next General Body meeting of all the Major Superiors/Heads would be held at SCV Generalate, Mananthavadi on the 26th and 27th of February 2011.
3. The proposed project regarding the construction of 100 houses for the Riot Victims of Khandamal District is on in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswaar..
4. Regarding the centre for the HIV Patients, DC North Indian province is asked to take the leadership to find government aid and the support of CBCI to incur the expenses.
5. Regarding the Website it will be updated time to time.
6. A seminar to be held at Mysore in May 2010. Each Branch is requested to send at least five members to participate so as to promote the active functioning of the Vincentian Family in India.


5. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2011 at Mananthavady, Kerala
1. The annual contribution from each branch is increased to Rs. 2000 per year.
2. identify other communities who are having the Vincentian Charism
3. Have the VF meeting even in the grass root level
4. To have some input sessions on ‘Systemic changes’ and ‘leadership’
5. North region is divided into two. Sr. Sangeetha SCN shall be the regional coordinator of Bihar and Jharkhand.
6. To prepare some common projects for VF in India
7. A seminar shall be conducted at Mysore in the month of May (10 to 14). Fr. George Ayalloor CM shall coordinate the seminar.
8. Bro. Rajeswar Rao is unanimously elected as the General secretary of VF
9. To look for a place for secretariat at Banglore.
10. Biography of St. Vincent be made available in local languages
11. There should be an emblem for VF
12. Lay vincentian associations are to be strengthened by establishing them where Vincentian Fathers and sisters are working

6. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2012 at Bangalore, Karnataka
1. The guidelines for the regional coordinators were approved with some corrections.
2. Western region is divided into Karnataka region and Western region.
3. Each region shall prepare a project and it shall be sent to the Executive Body for its scrutiny and recommend for start-up grants from the International Commission for Systemic Change
4. A seminar shall be conducted at Bangalore in the month of May (1 to 5). Fr. George Ayalloor CM shall coordinate the seminar. The theme shall be ‘systemic change’.
5. The news bulletin of the VFI will be published separately and no more as part of “Reach out” of SSVP. Bro. Rajeswar Rao is requested to be its chief editor. The name of bulletin shall be ‘vinfamindia’
6. Web site ‘vincentianfamilyindia.org’ will be updated.
7. In the next annual gathering, Fr. Robert P. Maloney CM shall be invited to give input session on systemic change. More members could be invited to attend it.


7. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2013 at Ranchi, Jharkhand
1. The Regions were identified and their coordinators were nominated.
  • Kerala Region: Very Rev. Fr. James Chelapuram VC.
  • Tamil Nadu Region: Bro. M. Xavier James Raj SSVP
  • Andhra Pradesh Region: N. Krupanandam SSVP.
  • Eastern Region (Orissa/West Bengal/Jharkhand/Bihar): Sr. Kumari Singh DC
  • Jharkhand-Bihar Region: Sr. Lilly Pallipurath SCJM
  • Northern Region (All other states not included in the list of other regions):
  • North East Region: Rev. Fr. Basil Thottamkara CM
  • Karnataka Region: Sr. Teresa Pegado DC
  • Western Region (Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat): Rev. Fr. Devasia Pudussery CM.
2. A seminar shall be conducted at Bangalore in the month of May (1 to 5). Fr. Simon Kaipuram CM shall coordinate the seminar. The theme shall be ‘new evangelization in the year of Faith’.
3. A common project shall be taken to promote the dignity of women. A commission consists of Fr. James Chelapurath VC, Fr. George Varekulam CM, Sr. Roselyn Karakattu SCN, and Clara Fernandez SSVP shall prepare an action plan for the promotion and implementation of the project.
4. Web site shall be updated regularly.


8. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2014 at Angamaly, Kerala
1. National Coordinator will replace the Regional Coordinators whose term of office has been completed
2. The five day Formation programme will be conducted from 1 to 5 May 2014 at Bangalore. The theme of the seminar shall be “Social Teaching of St.Vincent De Paul.”
3. Systemic Change Commission will disseminate the concept of systemic change to all the members of VFI
4. Srs. Philo SCV and Sr. Sukesini Digal DC were nominated to be the part of the women empowerment commission.
5. Regional Coordinators shall come together to plan for strengthening the zonal and local units
6. To have a model project in collaboration with various branches of VFI and decide how and where model projects are going to have.
7. Establish Office / a centre with a beautiful library.
8. Long term formation programme for one or two months could be organised. The formation team will discuss and finalise.
9. Website is to be updated.
10. Each region as well as major superiors will supply news quarterly for Vinfamindia News bulletin.
11. VF Directory to be updated.


9. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2015 at Mysore, Karnataka
1. VFI secretariat shall be established in Mysore
2. Systemic change commission shall conduct the seminar in each region.
3. Annual contribution by the branches shall be Rs. 3000.
4. The commission for the women shall be revived.
5. Update the Directory of VFI

10. The resolutions of the Annual gathering 2016 at Gopalpur-on-Sea, Odisha
1. Br. Tomy Varghese SSVP and Br. MC Mathew SSVP were elected secretary and joint secretary respectively.
2. The plan of executing the project of the Secretariat for VFI at Belwady, Mysore could be taken up with top priority.
3. The directory of VFI is to be revised at the earliest.
4. Regional Coordinators are to plan a common project in their respective regions especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
5. The theme of the Vincentian Formation Programme in the month of May 2016 shall be on “Vincentian Charism: The Year of Mercy”
6. The commission for women is to be re-organized. Sr. Roselyn SCN has been requested to be the chairperson of the commission.
7. The Regional Coordinators are requested to plan and implement at least one common systemic change project in each region.

Conclusion


Our founders, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, Blessed Frederick Ozanam, the Servant of God Jean-Léon Le Prevost, Father Kattarath, Cardinal Armand Gaston De Rohan, John Baptist Leonardi, Father John Baptist David, Mother Catherin Spalding, Mother Maria Loiusa Anglic, Pierre Joseph Triest, Mother Placide etc. were practical persons, not theoretical.
The necessities of the poor are immense. We are encumbered by a stronger commitment to the poor. The Lord is calling us to respond together. St. Vincent was conscious of the communal dimension of the service of the Gospel. He knew that by channeling our energies and growing in unity we could be more effective instruments to face the concrete needs of the poor.
Let us make the Gospel effective for the poor. Let us live with our identity as one among the Vincentian Family. Today there are new dimensions of poverty awaiting, from all of us, a response of love from God who knows them, who forgives them, who waits for them… and who loves them.

 

Statues of Vincentian Family India

Preamble

We, the members of the Vincentian Family in India, impelled by the love of Christ and inspired by the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul commit ourselves to live and serve in a spirit of communion and mutual collaboration to work for the evangelization of those who live in poverty, according to the signs of the time.

Part I
Nature and Purpose

Article 1. Name
It is called Vincentian Family, because there are common elements that unite its members together as a Family, having St. Vincent de Paul as founder, patron, inspiration, or Vincentian spirit/charism and desire to serve the people living in poverty. 

Article 2. Our Position in the Church
Responding to the call of Jesus to be at the service of people living in poverty, in a direct or indirect way, in the tradition of Vincentian Charism, we are challenged to seek effective and concrete ways to address the root causes of poverty. Although we belong to different Societies of Apostolic Life or Institutes of Consecrated Life or any Associations, public/private, we desire to organize ourselves as members of Vincentian Family, while retaining the autonomy of each group and their juridical status in the Church. The Vincentian Family in India not a new movement or a juridical organization.

Article 3. Vision
To empower people who live in poverty to realize the reign of God in their lives.

Article 4. Mission

We Are :
  1. Called to live and share the Vincentian Spirit.
  2. - Chosen to respond to God’s call to evangelise and be evangelised by people living in poverty.
  3. - Sent to the whole world to witness the compassionate love of Christ.
We Believe :
  1. In the presence of Christ in people living in poverty.
  2. In the manifestation of the love of God by being at the service of people living in poverty with affective, effective and inspiring love.
  3. That the source of our strength and unity is the Eucharist, the sacraments, the Word of God and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  4. In the strength of collaboration to bring about the reign of God here on earth.
We Intend :
  1. To be prophetic witnesses in the world in word and deed.
  2. To involve actively those who must live in poverty in transforming their lives
  3. To risk our lives and resources in this endeavour
Article 5. Objectives
  1. To promote collaboration, solidarity and networking among the branches of Vincentian Family in India.
  2. To recognize and become deeply aware of the challenging reality of the those who must live in poverty. To collect and circulate information about the present day realities, needs, hopes and fears of the people living in poverty.
  3. To develop new forms of collaboration in the formation among the members of the various branches
  4. To deepen the Vincentian charism in light of present day needs.
  5. To strengthen common apostolic endeavours among the members of the Vincentian Family.
  6. To undertake common ministries in light of the emerging realities of the people who live in poverty
Article 6. Principles
  1. Openness of each branch within an ecclesial context of service to the marginalized.
  2. Respect for the autonomy and specificity of each branch.
  3. Spirit of solidarity, mutual support and equality among the different branches.
  4. Recognition of the experience of each branch and its contribution to the Vincentian heritage.
Article 7. Priorities
  1. Promotion of the Vincentian tradition and spirituality by collaborating in the initial and ongoing formation programmes.
  2. Responding collectively in times of natural calamities and disasters.
  3. Undertaking common ministries for persons living in poverty.
Article 8. Formation programme 
  1. Formation Team
    A team of five members, excluding the chairperson shall be constituted to plan for various formation programme.
  2. Formation Chairperson
    He/she shall be elected by the General Body whose function is to conduct various programme planned by the General Body or the Executive Body. The term of office shall be for three years and could be reelected.
  3. Common Programme: 
    Common formation programme will be organized for all branches of the Vincentian Family.
  4. Special Programme 
    The National Executive Body in consultation with the Regional Executive Body will help to organize special programme for a particular branch.
  5. Each branch will share the financial expenses.

Part II
Organization

Article 9. General Body
It shall consist of the members of various branches which belong to the Vincentian Family in India. The members shall be:
  1. The executive body members will be ex-officio members
  2. The major Superiors of various Societies of Apostolic Life and Institutes of Consecrated Life, working in India
  3. National Presidents/National Executive body (not more than 6 persons) of lay associations
  4. Regional Coordinators of VFI
  5. Chair person of the various commissions and committees of VFI

2. Meeting
An annual gathering of this body will be held once a year, preferably at the last Saturday - Sunday of February.

3. Functions
a. Review and evaluate decisions and activities planned for the year. 
b. Plans for future involvements at the regional or national level
c. Decides common ministry initiatives for people living in poverty. 
d. Raises funds for common ministry endeavours and for the operational needs of the National Secretariat
e. Approves the budget for each year. 
f. Elects the National Coordinator, National Secretary and members of the Executive body for a term of three years. 
g. Approves the entire formation programme planned for the members of the Vincentian Family. 
h. Proposes amendments to the guidelines for the Vincentian Family. 
i. Resolves any conflicts that may arise. 

Article 10. National Executive Body
  1. It shall comprise of the National Coordinator, National Secretary and seven members, who shall be major superiors or presidents of associations. To facilitate a wider representation, more than two members from one branch will not be elected. There should be at least one representative from the Lay Associations.
  • Meetings The Executive Body will meet at least twice a year. The National Coordinator presides over the meeting.
Functions
a. Animates and coordinates common activities of the Vincentian Family. Communicates to the members and the General Body from time to time through annual reports, circulars, bulletins, etc 
b. Implements the resolutions of the General body. 
c. Arranges special formation program for the members. 
d. Monitors the common involvements and prepares their documentation. 
e. Appoints sub committees for the implementation of projects. 

Article 11. National Coordinator
  1. To promote and foster unity and collaboration among the various branches of the Vincentian Family, there shall be a National Coordinator.
  2. She/he shall be elected by the General Body from among the members of the Vincentian Family for a term of three years and can be re-elected. She/he need not be a major superior.

  3. Article 12. National Secretary
    1. To assist the National Coordinator, a secretary shall be elected by the General Body for a term of three years and can be re-elected. He/she will function also as treasurer of the VF.
    Functions
    1. To take minutes of the meetings of the General Body and the Executive Body
    2. To assist the National Coordinator with correspondence
    3. To keep the financial records of the VF
    4. To keep the records of the VF
    5. To collect and prepare news for the VF magazine.

    Article 13. National Secretariat 
    To facilitate the coordination of the Vincentian Family there shall be a Secretariat which will function under the direction of the National Coordinator. 

    Article 14. Regional Representative Body
    1. It shall comprise of the various branches that belong to the Vincentian Family in the region. Its members are:
    a. Major superiors of the region or their delegates 
    b. Heads of lay associations – not more than 6. (For SSVP all the CC presidents and National executive members present in the region)
    c. Regional Coordinator and secretary

    Article 15. Functions of the Regional Representative Body:
    1. Elects the regional coordinator and secretary
    2. Fosters unity and collaboration among the various branches of Vincentian Family.
    3. Implements the common activities planned by the General Body and Executive Body.
    4. Gathers and circulates information on present day realities, needs, hopes and fears of the persons who live in poverty and makes proposals to the General Body.
    5. Monitor the functions of the zonal and local bodies.
    6. Gather news from the branches for publication in the magazine as well as on the website.
    Meetings: Twice a year preferably in the last week of January and July.

    Article 16. Regional Coordinator
    Coordinates and promotes the unity and collaboration among the branches of the Vincentian Family in each region. She/he shall be elected by the Regional Representative Body for a term of three years and can be reelected. She/he need not be a major superior but shall be a member of the Vincentian Family. 

    Article 17. Requisites for the Regional Coordinator:
    1. He/she shall be a member of the Vincentian Family but need not be a major superior.
    2. He/she should have sufficient knowledge about the Vincentian Family and Vincentian charism.
    3. He/she should have the necessary qualities of a good leader.
    4. He/she must have a genuine interest for the causes of the poor.
    5. He/she must be truly outstanding in integrity, charity and transparency.

    Article 19. Functions:
    1. Coordinates and promotes the unity and collaboration among the branches of the Vincentian Family in the region in accordance with the direction given by the General Body and Regional Body.
    2. Arranges seminars, prayer services, recollections, common feast day celebrations etc. in order to deepen Vincentian Charism as well as unity among the various branches.
    3. Conduct the meetings of the regional body and presides over it.
    4. Implements the resolutions of the General Body.
    5. Promotes and coordinates the Vincentian Family in the zonal and local level.
    6. Identifying the urgent needs of the poor of the region which are to be recommended for common action.
    7. Reporting to the General Body about the various activities conducted in the respective region.

    Article 20. Regional secretary cum Treasurer:
    1. Helps the Coordinator for the correspondence to various branches when needed.
    2. Prepares agenda for the meeting and takes minutes of the meeting.
    3. Maintains proper network with various branches.
    4. Collects news for the National magazine.
    5. Maintains the files and documents of the Vincentian Family of their respective region.
    6. Collects information regarding causes of poverty.
    7. Presents report in the regional and national meetings.

    Article 21. Zonal Bodies.
    In order to realize the Vincentian Family in grass root level, the regional coordinators shall form zonal bodies.


    Article 22. Members:
    The zonal body consists of all the local superiors/heads of the various branches of Vincentian Family (for SSVP all the presidents of the AC and the local Conference).


    Article 23. Meetings:
    Will be conducted twice a year and will be presided over by the zonal Coordinator.


    Article 24. Functions:
    1. Elects the zonal coordinator and secretary
    2. Fosters unity and collaboration among the various branches of Vincentian Family.
    3. Collects and circulates information on present day realities, needs, hopes and fears of the people who live in poverty and makes proposals to the Regional Coordinator.
    4. Organizes common celebration of feasts of the Saints and Blesseds of the Vincentian Family.
    5. Evaluates common endeavours and presents future plans.
    6. Organizes prayer services / recollection for special occasions.

    Article 25. Requisites for the zonal Coordinator:
    1. He//She shall be a member of the Vincentian Family.
    2. He/she should have sufficient knowledge about the Vincentian Family and Vincentian charism.
    3. He/she must have a genuine interest for the causes of the poor.
    4. He/she must be truly outstanding in integrity, charity and transparency.

    Article 26. Term of Office:
    1. He/she shall be elected for a term of three years and can be re-elected.
    2. He/she should not be removed except for grave reasons.
    3. He/she can resign by submitting his/her resignation in writing to the Regional Body.
    4. Acceptance by the Regional Body is required for the resignation to become effective.

    Article 27. Functions:
    1. Coordinates and promotes the unity and collaboration among the branches of the Vincentian Family in the diocese/zone in accordance with the direction given by the Regional Body.
    2. Arranges seminars, prayer services, recollections, common feast day celebrations etc. in order to deepen Vincentian Charism as well as unity among the various branches. Conduct the meetings of the zonal body and presides over it. Implements the resolutions of the Regional Body. Promotes and coordinates the Vincentian Family in the parochial/local level. Identifying the urgent needs of the poor of the region which are to be recommended for common action. Reporting to the Regional Body about the various activities conducted in the respective zone/diocese.

    Article 28. Zonal secretary cum Treasurer:
    1. Helps the Coordinator for the correspondence to various branches when needed.
    2. Prepares agenda for the zonal meetings and takes minutes of the meeting. Maintains proper network with various branches. Collects news for the National magazine. Maintains the files and documents of the Vincentian Family of their respective zone/diocese. Collects information regarding causes of poverty. Presents report in the regional meetings.

    Article 29. Local Bodies.
    In order to realize the Vincentian Family in grass root level, the zonal coordinators shall form parochial/local bodies.

    Article 30. Members:
    The local body consists of all the members of the various branches of Vincentian Family.

    Article 31. Meetings :
    Will be conducted twice a year and will be presided over by the local Coordinator.

    Article 32. Functions:
    1. Elects the local coordinator and secretary
    2. Fosters unity and collaboration among the various branches of Vincentian Family.
    3. Collects and circulates information on present day realities, needs, hopes and fears of the people who live in poverty and makes proposals to the zonal Coordinator.
    4. Organizes common celebration of feasts of the Saints and Blesseds of the Vincentian Family.
    5. Evaluates common endeavours and presents future plans.
    6. Organizes prayer services / recollection for special occasions.
    Meetings: It should be held at least thrice in a year. It can be a day of recollection,


    Article 33. Needs for the local Coordinator:
    1. He//she shall be a member of the Vincentian Family.
    2. He/she should have sufficient knowledge about the Vincentian Family and Vincentian charism.
    3. He/she must have a genuine interest for the causes of the poor.

    Article 34. Term of Office:
    1. He/she shall be elected for a term of three years and can be re-elected.
    2. He/she should not be removed except for grave reasons.
    3. He/she can resign by submitting his/her resignation in writing to the zonal Body.

    Article 35. Functions:
    1. Coordinates and promotes the unity and collaboration among the branches of the Vincentian Family in the local in accordance with the direction given by the zonal/ local Body.
    2. Arranges seminars, prayer services, recollections, common feast day celebrations etc. in order to deepen Vincentian Charism as well as unity among the various branches.
    3. Conducts meeting of the local body and presides over it.
    4. Implements the resolutions of the zonal Body.
    5. Identifying the urgent needs of the poor of the locality which are to be recommended for common action.
    6. Reporting to the zonal Body about the various activities conducted in the respective locality.

    Article 36. Local secretary cum Treasurer:
    1. Helps the Coordinator for the correspondence to various branches when needed.
    2. Prepares agenda for the meeting and takes minutes of the meeting.
    3. Maintains proper network with various branches.
    4. Collects news for the National magazine.
    5. Maintains the files and documents of the Vincentian Family of their respective locality.
    6. Collects information regarding causes of poverty.
    7. Presents report in the zonal meetings.

    Article 37. Fund
    In order to meet the operational and administrative expenses of the National Executive body each branch shall contribute as decided by the general body from time to time.

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