This year, 2018, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul at the beginning of the fifth century of the Vincentian Charism. To assist us with this celebration we are sending out a slightly adapted version of a Vincentian Prayer Service sent out by the Sisters of Charity Federation.
One of the adaptations we thought might need a bit of explanation. The word “Kingdom” was replaced with the word “Kin-dom.” This change is consistent with our 2013 General Assembly Directive 3 in which we committed ourselves to the use of inclusive language. Because our 2018 GA Call on Directive 3 focuses on educating ourselves in order to bring about sufficient knowledge and understanding for meaningful dialogue and appropriate action, we offer a brief explanation on the use of the word “Kin-dom.” While many change the word “Kingdom” to “Reign” in an effort to use inclusive language, the more recent use of the relational word “Kin-dom” is seen a conveying a desire for and commitment to establishing a world in which all are family (kin). Although the use of Reign is better than the use of Kingdom, the word Reign still conveys a worldview connected to a monarchy.