- Values training in Paris
Vincentian Values training in Paris
July 20th, 2018
From 11 to 13 July, staff from across the Depaul Group participated in a course on Vincentian Leadership led by Depaul Group CEO Mark McGreevy OBE, Fr Pat Murphy CM, Sr Maria Parcher DC and Steve McKinlay. Staff learnt about Depaul’s history, our values, and about St Vincent Depaul, whose name, legacy and philosophy of care we hold dear. 15 participants, 7 from Depaul UK, including Depaul UK’s new CEO, Mike Thiedke, together with 7 from Depaul Ireland and 1 from Depaul International, travelled to Paris, St Vincent’s home 400 years ago, bringing together a wealth of experiences and different perspectives.
The course covered a range of topics, focusing initially on St Vincent and his extraordinary life of charity and generosity, and the lessons we can learn from it. St Vincent, despite social and political upheavals and massive poverty in 17th century France, never stopped caring and never lost faith in his cause, and that devotion to service no matter what is something core to Depaul’s mission.
In 1625, St Vincent founded the Congregation of the Mission, and in 1634, with Louise de Marillac, set up the Daughters of Charity, bringing food and shelter to tens of thousands of the most marginalised – those St Vincent called the ‘poorest of the poor’. The Daughters of Charity was one of the first of many orders, lay movements and organisations which share his selfless ethos, a Vincentian Family governed by those values of which Depaul International is very proud to be a part.
Participants were humbled to visit the tomb of St Vincent, the place where the Congregation of the Mission is based, and the Mother’s House of the Daughters of Charity. It was an enriching experience for all who attended, and we hope that St Vincent would be very pleased to see his spirit lives on in the work of the Depaul Group, and the generous donors who enable us to reach so many people in need.