About St. Vincent de Paul Society
Who We Are and What We Do
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is in fact an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul 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. Often, this is done by going in pairs to visit those in need in their homes. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.
No work of charity is foreign to the Society. Would you be willing to help? To learn more, please leave a message for Michael Norman at 972-394-3350 or be a guest at our meetings. We meet the first and third Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the SienaHall at St. Catherine of Siena Parish.
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
* In the dignity of the human person
* In the identification of Jesus with the poor
* In the preferential option for the poor
* That Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the poor
* That growth in intimacy with Jesus is a lifelong process
* That poverty of spirit is the primary beatitude
* That our primary concern is charity and justice
* That prayer is essential: personal and communal
* In the virtue of humility: personal and corporate
* In the virtue of charity, inside and outside the Society
* In Divine Providence
* In Friendship
* In Community
* In Simplicity