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 On Earth as it is in Heaven

 On Earth as it is in Heaven

By: Father Mark Pranaitis When I was a boy, maybe 6 or 7, Sr. Angela taught me and my classmates that heaven was this great place where we would praise God all day long for eternity. My response? “Huh?  boring!”  I was expecting ice cream and lots of it!  Thankfully I...
Investment or Expense? 

Investment or Expense? 

Investment or Expense?  In a country where some children as young as five have to generate income, education seems an unaffordable investment.  Can you imagine? A majority of young children in Madagascar work every day instead of going to school. Without education...
Behind the Green Door

Behind the Green Door

Behind the Green Doorby Fr. Mark Pranaitis Pedestrians on the busy Rue de Sevres in Paris can be forgiven for unknowingly walking by the Maison Mère, the Vincentian motherhouse, as they make their way to shops, cafes, or the Paris Metro. There is little to call their...
Embracing Hope Amidst Challenges

Embracing Hope Amidst Challenges

To our VIMS friends and family. Please enjoy this story of hope from the latest FamVin blog. – Despite the difficulties caused by the war in our country, from July 10 to July 14, 2023, we held a VMY meeting in western Ukraine. The theme of the meeting was...
Where in the World is Father Mark?

Where in the World is Father Mark?

“Live in the present” is a basic principle of the spiritual life. It is one I have not mastered. “Everything, Everywhere, All at once” better describes my experience. This year, 2023, during which I celebrated 30 years as a priest serves as an...
Lessons from our mothers.

Lessons from our mothers.

Lessons from our mothers. Mothers Day 2023 Fr. Mark Pranaitis, Founder of VIMS – Most of you reading this know who I am: Fr. Mark Pranaitis, the founder and executive director of VIMS. Chances are you never met my mother, Florence LeDonne Pranaitis. She went to...
Vincentian School for the Deaf

Vincentian School for the Deaf

It has been a while. I hope this finds you well. Things here are VIMS are, well, a little hectic. Let me catch you up. Since I last wrote I went to Rome for a big meeting of Vincentians and came home with Covid. I recovered and immediately moved to a parish where I am...
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