Vincentian International Mission Services (VIMS) supports the growth and development of Congregation of the Mission provinces, vice-provinces, regions, and missions especially in countries where resources are few and progress is difficult.
Founded in 2019 by the Superior General, Fr. Tomaz Mavric, C.M., the 25th successor of St. Vincent de Paul, VIMS is an expansion of the Vincentian Solidarity Office which continues to offer education, formation, and technical support to provinces that are undertaking major building and ministry expansion projects.
VIMS helps to fund projects approved through the VSO’s well-established processes.
VIMS forms partnerships with donors who:
- Believe the strategic investment of capital and human resources are required for growth and development
- Value the Vincentian approach to ministry
- Want to see Catholicism grow and thrive especially in the developing world
- See the presence of the Catholic church as a boon to all people seeking a better life
- Want to ensure people living in poverty are served by well-educated and well-prepared priests and brothers
- Believe that effective charity facilitates integral human development through strategic investments of capital and carefully partnering with people avoiding the extremes of blind paternalism and heartless capitalism
Structure of Support
Vincentian International Mission Services (VIMS) helps to provide funding for approved projects in provinces (vice-provinces, regions, and missions) through three Funds (explained below). We look forward to welcoming you as a donor-partner.
The Gondi Fund, named for Philippe-Emmanuel and Marguerite (Silly) Gondi who provided St. Vincent with seed money to establish the Congregation of the Mission, this Fund distributes money to educate, prepare, and sustain Vincentian priests and brothers by building and expanding seminaries and supporting continuing education and formation programs so that the people Vincentians serve will receive the very best we have to offer.
2019-2020 Goal: $6 million
The Folleville Fund, named for the place where Vincent first realized the need for a new form of ministry to the people and where Madame Gondi asked the Vincentian question, “What must be done?” This Fund provides Vincentian priests and brothers with the means to minister including spaces for ministry and mission activities (churches, classrooms, workshops, training centers) as well as necessary equipment, furniture, and training materials. Vehicles necessary for ministers to reach the people also are provided through this fund.
2019-2020 Goal: $3 million
St. Lazare Fund
The Sainte Lazare Fund, named for the original Vincentian motherhouse in Paris, provides funds for innovative programs that substantially increase life and work skills through employment. These funds may be used to establish loan programs, micro-enterprises, and other kinds of sustainable businesses that improve the lives of owners, employees, and customers.
2019-2020 Goal: $2 million
Fr. Mark Pranaitis, C.M., PhD
Sr. Vice President of Development
Reporting to Fr. Tomaz Mavric, the Superior General of the Vincentians, and closely collaborating with the Vincentian Solidarity Office (VSO), Fr. Mark ensures your gifts to VIMS support the projects you care about most.
During his more than 25 years as a Vincentian priest Fr. Mark has worked individually with hundreds of donors who contributed millions of dollars in support of many different projects, from small soup kitchens that provided meals for a few dozen people to the building of houses, churches, schools and more.
Having studied, taught, and preached about the spirituality of stewardship, he is firmly rooted in the belief that everything we have is God’s gift to us and God calls us to share these gifts prudently and generously, putting them at the service of the least among us. Little gives Fr. Mark more joy than helping people discern the call they hear to be generous. He wants everyone to give the right gift, at the right time, to the right ministry.
Fr. Mark has served in parishes, as a leader within his province, a director of stewardship and development for a diocese, and an executive at DePaul University, Catholic Charities USA and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. He has offered consultation services in dozens of organizations helping them align resources to achieve their stated mission. When not at work he enjoys biking, reading, the Jersey shore, and old-fashioned letter-writing.