Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity (VDM)
74 Roseberry Avenue
Roseberry NSW 2018
Ph: (02) 93137099
Fax: 0401 836 427
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THE VERBUM DEI MISSIONARY FRATERNITY vdm
Verbum Dei is an international Catholic Community founded by Fr. Jaime Bonet (a diocesan priest) in Mallorca, Spain in 1963, receiving Pontifical approval on the 15th April, 2000 as an Institute of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church. At the core of Verbum Dei Fraternity there are three missionary branches: consecrated women, men (priests), who consecrate their lives to God through the profession of evangelical vows, and missionary couples who consecrate themselves to God. We are united with one and the same charism and mission. The community embraces people of all states and walks of life. Those who feel attracted to our charism and spirituality can become disciples of the community who participate in our activities and support us in carrying out our specific mission.
Vincentians The Congregation of the Mission (CM)
PO Box 3718
Marsfield NSW 2122
Ph: 02 9805 1338
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THE VINCENTIANS - CONGREGATION OF THE MISSIONS cm
Gradually the Congregation of the Mission spread to many countries. Today it numbers about 4000 members and is known in Australia as the 'Vincentian Priests and Brothers'.
Mission and Ministry:
The Vincentians came to Australia in 1885, and to Fiji in 1959. The Australian Province of the Vincentians has about 60 members in Australia and in Fiji. Ministries currently carried out in Australia and Fiji include: Schools, Seminaries, Parishes (Urban and Rural), Retreats, Missions, Spiritual Direction, Chaplaincies, and Diocesan Tribunals. Vincentians also work with the Daughters of Charity, and assist the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Formation continues for another three or more years. There are two semester length periods in which students are invited to spend an extended time in parishes or in a work of the Vincentians. This time further prepares them for their future life and work. Other opportunities for 'pastoral' or work experience are offered each year over a five or six week period. Life Commitment (Vows) may be made a year after the intensive Spiritual Year. This Life Commitment is usually made sometime in the sixth year.
Michael Walsh cm