Friday, October 18, 2013


Saturday, October 12, 2013 almost 90 Vincentians attended the Spiritual Retreat for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles at the Poverello of Assisi Retreat Center in San Fernando. The retreat was conducted by Dr. Mary Poplin and Reverend Pedro Villarroya C.M..

Dr. Poplin spoke to the Vincentians of her experiences with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as related to the Vincentians work with the poor. "Mother Teresa did not allow discouragement because it meant you are trusting in yourself and not in God," Poplin said.  Dr. Poplin said we may never completely know if our work is successful with the poor, and must leave the final results up to God's designs. 

Fr. Pedro stressed that, "As Vincentians we must bring the news to the poor that God loves them."  

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