This Saturday, 14th October, Archbishop George will celebrate Mass at 12.00 noon in St. David’s Cathedral to mark the 400th anniversary of the charism of St. Vincent de Paul. His commitment to the welfare of the poor has a contemporary ring about it, given that Pope Francis has identified his Papacy with reaching out to the poor, and reminding us that we all suffer from poverty of one sort or another. Hence,the forthcoming ‘Day of the Poor’ which he has called for 18 November this year.
Vincent de Paul spent the first thirty years of his life in anonymity, not being particularly bothered about the social conditions and the deprivation he found all around him. It was in 1617 that he had a conversion experience, becoming aware of the desperate situation of a poor family, dying of hunger.this conversion led to the eventual growth of the Vincentian family whose ‘fundamental option for the poor’ is one of the jewels in the crown of the Church. We are blessed in the Archdiocese of Cardiff to have very dedicated SVP groups who make real the caring facing of Jesus through their work for the poor in our midst. All this based on the spirituality of St. Vincent. We are also blessed by the presence of the Daughters of Charity in the Diocese. To them, and all who value the work of St. Vincent, we offer prayers and congratulations and an invitation to the Mass on Saturday.
Archbishop George will be joined by Fr. Paul Roche C.M. who is Director of the Daughters of Charity in the United Kingdom. He will give the homily during Mass. The Mass will be followed by refreshments in The Cornerstone.