Greetings to all our Sisters, Associates and friends!
On January 16th each year we remember Fr John Gowan CM and our Vincentian heritage.
Fr Gowan was a man who understood our human nature and the difficulties involved in daily life. He encouraged us:
“We must try to wear a cheerful look, have a cheerful word always ready, nay, sometimes make an excuse for those that do wrong. To do this, self must be set aside with constant vigilance and a strong heart.”
St. Vincent de Paul, Margaret Aylward and Fr John Gowan all saw and encountered Jesus in the person of the poor.
Fr. Tomaz Mavric, Congregational Leader of the Vincentians, recently reminded the Vincentian Family that:
“Vincent de Paul frequently stated that our love has to be affective and effective. Contemplating Jesus in the poor and the poor in Jesus makes our love affective; collaboration, prayer, reflection, planning and ministering together makes our love effective.”
Our annual celebration on January 16th offers us an opportunity to be grateful for our heritage, all the wisdom and example that we have received from our founders and the Sisters who, down the years, served with so much love and faithfulness.
Enjoy the day and please pray for us as we meet in Aylward House this week and next.
General Leadership Team