VMY International Community
The VMY International Community was born after the founding of the Secretariat, it is a project supported by the Daughters of Charity and the Vincentian Fathers. To maintain them in Madrid, the Daughters of Charity of the province of Saint Louise provide a flat to the Association. Maintenance costs such as food, health, transport, studies, etc., are part of the VMY International Secretariat, for which the country members contribute a minimum annual fee.
The first members of this community were:
- 1999 – Deborah Pacheco (Puerto Rico), Gladys Abi Sais (Lebanon), Juan Pérez (Spain)
- 2000 – Ana Maria (Philippines) Gloria Santillan (Mexico), Ivanildo Dantas (Brazil)
- 2003 – Dorys Castillo (Ecuador), Gustavo Gómez (Venezuela), Pamela Bugtai (Philippines) and Yasmine Cajuste (Haiti)
- 2006 – Carla Pandarese (Italy), Emma Velázquez (Mexico) , Ghislain Atemezing (Cameroon) and Yasmine Cajuste (Haiti),
Actual Community consists of:
- 2009 – Argelys Vega (Panama – 2008), Anh Thu (Vietinam), Cleber Oliveira (Brazil) and Katarína Mazúrová (Slovakia).
In the Community’s own activities are practiced Marian-Vincentian charisma: prayer (personal/common – weekly is a special prayer in the chapel of the community with the participation of advisors) and service (inside and outside the community) in the various voluntary services, which are adapted to each group, namely:
- Casa Belén: House of the Daughters of Charity for disabled children and/or serious illnesses;
- San Egidio Community: A community founded in Italy -1968 One of its main activities serving the poorest in friendly way;
- Catechesis: Accompaniment of local VMY groups and
- Dining room: Work of the Daughters of Charity where food is served daily for more than 200 people.
The members are integrated into the local church through direct participation in VMY groups and adult groups of the local parish.
Life of the Community is simple, responsible and organized. So that’s the life of the VMY International Community, trying always, day after day, to proclaim Jesus Christ in words and actions, and witnessing to the Christian virtues of Mary and of St. Vincent de Paul to others.