St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, was originally known as The Conference of Charity, and was founded in Paris on 23rd April 1833 by Frederic Ozanam. Frederic led a group of six Sorbonne University students, who met with a middle-aged journalist, Emmanuel Baily, to form a group. Their purpose was simple: as a small group of friends, they would become servants of the poor in Paris – in the same way that Jesus Christ had been servant to the people of his time.

Frederic and his friends began to live the Gospel command 'show love to your neighbour' by visiting those living in dreadful poverty, and bringing what food and comfort they could. Others were moved by their example to commit themselves to serving the poor. They chose to call their group the Society of St Vincent de Paul, based on the exemplary charitable life led by Vincent.

Within our parish, the core work of our SVP conference, consists of meeting on a regular basis, visits to the elderly, and the housebound, providing practical and emotional support through one to one contact. Visits are made to people in a variety of environments including residential homes, and hospitals. As well as personal contact, material help is also given to those in need, for example families may be assisted with budgeting or assistance with maintaining critical home heating. Although the SVP is a Christian charity, help is given to anyone in need with no discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

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