Twinning is a ‘special work’ of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
It is one of fraternal union and sharing. This sharing is typically between a conference or council in a well-to-do community with a conference or council in a poor area.
Twinning allows us to serve God’s will and to fulfill our own spiritual yearning to serve those in need as the body of Christ. It enables us to make a difference to our twinned brothers and sisters and fulfills our mutual needs, through the sharing of prayers, contact, and our mutual resources. Twinning also builds connections and solidarity with an international family and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about local works.
As outlined in the International Twinning Manual, twinning has three aims:
• To facilitate communication between Councils and Conferences around the world,
promoting a spirit of understanding, friendship and solidarity among all Vincentians.
• To help spiritually, morally and materially Councils and Conferences so as to …
† Continue to alleviate misery and hunger
† Promote social justice throughout the world
† Animate solidarity within the Society worldwide
† Be a witness of Christian charity
• To promote the establishment of new Councils and Conferences by helping them to
form, and to expand.
Internal twinning is twinning with a conference or council within Canada. This can be with conferences or council across the country or right in your own region or area. An aggregated conference or instituted council can be either a donor or recipient.
External twinning is twinning with countries outside Canada. Canadian conferences and councils may be twinned only with designated countries of the Americas. These currently include: Dominican Republic, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, El Salvador and Nicaragua.