Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the St. Benedict Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers person-to-person, confidential service to those who are suffering and in dire need. This service leads parishioners to join together to grow spiritually in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are concerned with the values of charity, justice, and human dignity, and focus on personal and communal prayer as essential to their mission.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society depends on donations from parishioners so that they can help others. The Society provides for the needs of the homeless of the community in many ways. They conduct monthly food drives for the neighborhood Common Food Pantry, which distributes food to those in need in our community. The Society provides baskets of food to the needy at Christmas time. They also maintain two clothing drop boxes to collect donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift shops. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is blessed with an awareness that their blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
This ministry is part of the international Society. The Society offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.
The members of this Ministry of charity are united by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection during our monthly meetings. The St. Benedict Conference meets the last Monday of every month at 6:30pm in the Rectory.