Morristown, N.J. (December 29, 2017) – This semester, Sister Margaret O'Neill, a graduate of CSE and a Sister of Charity spoke at the International Symposium of the Vincentian Family in Rome. 2017 marks the 400th anniversary of Vincentian charism, or Saint Vincent de Paul's transformation into the Saint of Charity, which is the underpinning for the mission of the Sisters of Charity.
To honor this jubilee, Sister O'Neill's speech titled "Let God Be God and Let Love Be Love" expanded upon the symposium's theme of "welcome the stranger."
"We gather here in Rome to pledge to stay awake to what began 400 years ago and to re-commit ourselves toward boundless loving," said Sister O'Neill to over 11,000 participants at the symposium. "The life of God does not just belong to God alone. There are no spectators, no strangers, everything is connected! It is urgent to apply this to the heart of our ministry, to recommit to build solidarity with each other and the world, with nothing less than a Vincentian zeal."
The Vincentian Family is comprised of several organizations that are inspired by the life and work of Saint Vincent. These organizations have a commitment to spiritually and mentally serving the poor and disadvantaged. As saint Vincent said, "we cannot better assure our eternal happiness than by living and dying in the service of the poor."
In addition to speeches, prayer services and Eucharistic adoration, Pope Francis held a Papal Audience at Saint Peter's Square during the symposium.
Watch Her Speech