Sunday, 20 September marks the start of St Vincent’s Mission Week which leads up to the annual Feast of St Vincent de Paul on 27 September.
St Vincent de Paul was a priest of the Catholic Church who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity with particular dedication to serving the needs of those marginalised in society.
It was these qualities of St Vincent that attracted Mary Aikenhead, the founder of the Sisters of Charity, to choose him to be the patron of the first hospital in Dublin in 1834. Wherever the Sisters established hospitals, they named them after St Vincent, including here in Fitzroy.
Like St Vincent, we too make a positive difference when we are guided by his values of compassion, justice, integrity and excellence.
As a catholic health and aged care service our mission is to bring God’s love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus. And just like St Vincent, we are especially committed to people who are poor or vulnerable.
We draw on the talents of our people and collaborate with others who share our vision and values to continue the pioneering spirit of Mary Aikenhead and the Sisters of Charity. We are committed to providing compassionate and innovative care, enabling hope for those we serve.
To help celebrate this year’s Mission Week, a small statue of St Vincent is doing the rounds of our hospital for staff and patients to take a selfie with it. The Mission team encourages everyone to post their seflies with the St Vincent statue to Instagram with the hashtag: #SelfiewithStVincent