St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
is a worldwide Christian community, founded in Paris in 1833, by a group of Catholic lay people who joined together to create the first Conference. The Society has been Catholic from its origins. It remains an international Catholic voluntary organization of lay people, men and women. The vocation of the Society's members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity. Vincentians strive to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity. Vincentians pray that the Holy Spirit may guide them during their visits and make them channels for the peace and joy of Christ.
Members of the SJN Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
are committed to serving members of our parish and our larger community with outreach, financial support and prayer. Established in 2007, we have established and are active in a number of church ministries. In this brief period of time, we have accomplished the following:
- SVdP helps hundreds of families each year
- Assists families through both telephone interviews and home visits
- Refers people in need to other aid agencies and resources when appropriate
- Holds semi-annual food drives to aid Ladies of Charity in their ministry
Our accomplishments are achieved with the support of St John Neumann Parish contributions, gifts from supporters, and proceeds from grocery certificate sales.
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you? (Matthew 25: 37 39).
We are proud to serve the community as a Matthew Chapter 25 ministry. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the Lord in this most vital of ministries, come join us! Look for our announcements in the Bulletin, or contact Fran Thie
for more information.
Every September we honor the Feast Day of St Vincent de Paul with a special Mass and celebration. During Mass, members of several St. Vincent de Paul conferences from throughout the Diocese will participate in profession of renewal of their Vincentian Promises. Parishioners are welcome to attend! Details are provided in the Bulletin.