Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Mary Ann Redden 301-519-0919
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic Lay organization, was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and a group of young students of the Sorbonne University in Paris. With the mentoring of Blessed Rosalie Rendu, the Society spread throughout Europe and arrived here in the United States in the 1850’s. Today we are present in 149 countries throughout the world with our Headquarters located in Paris, France. Members include men and women, young and old, of every race.
Today, Vincentians work out of parishes in groups called Conferences. We gather together to grow spiritually, develop fellowship within our Conferences and, inspired by Gospel values, reach out to those living in poverty by bringing the hope of the Gospel to them by quietly and discreetly aiding individual/families by personal visits to those being served while advocating for social justice and always growing spiritually through the gift of self to others.
We meet the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P. M in the basement of the Rectory. We discuss our current cases and evaluate ongoing cases. As new cases arrive, two members, in imitation of Jesus sending forth His disciples, make a home visit to report back to the Conference for reflection and guidance. All meetings begin and end with prayer asking for God’s spiritual guidance during which a secret collection is made following the tradition established by our Founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam.
The SVDP is easy to join. The only qualification needed is a desire to join with others to help those in need. If in doubt, read Luke 10:25 – 37.….And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”