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 from the Social Justice Office of the parish providing one time emergency financial assistance to thousands of people within our service area. Collections are taken three times a year to fund this vital work.
Interested in volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul? There are a variety of ways to participate!
Administrative Areas include:
- Phone service assistance (Pick up phone messages, fill-out intake forms, return phone calls, and schedule home visits)
- Data entry (and basic excel spreadsheet maintenance)
- Send faxes
HOME VISITS: go in pairs and visit someone who is in need of rental or utility assistance