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St Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 to serve impoverished people living in the slums of Paris, France. The primary figure behind the society's founding was Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, a French lawyer, author, and professor in the University of Paris|Sorbonne. He was 20 years old when the society was founded. The Society took Saint Vincent de Paul as its patron under the influence of Sister Rosalie Rendu, D.C. Sister Rosalie (who was herself beatified in November 2003 by Pope John Paul II) was a member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul and was well known for her work with people in the slums of Paris. She guided Frédéric and his companions in their approach towards those in need.

 

The Society numbers about 700,000 in some 142 countries worldwide, whose members operate through "conferences". A conference may be based out of a church, community center, school, hospital, etc., and is composed of Catholic volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to help those in need in their community. Non-Catholics may join with the understanding that the society is a Catholic organization.

 

Our parish operates a Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) conference providing emergency financial assistance and food assistance to hundreds of people within our parish area. During 2013/14 financial year, we actually visited 227 homes which resulted in assistance being given to 594 personsMajor collection appeals are held twice a year to fund this vital works - these are the Christmas and Winter Appeals.

 

Interested in volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul? There are a variety of ways to participate including Home Visits where conference members go in pairs and visit someone who is in need of rental or utility assistance; we also receive a large number of calls for food assistance.

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