Society of St Vincent De Paul

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic Organisation of lay people founded in Paris in 1833 by Frederick Ozanam and his companions. Placed under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and his works. It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering. It does this by a person-to-person involvement of its members. The Conference at Our Lady’s meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at St Edmunds from 7:00 to 8.30pm.

The work of the Conference consists of visiting those in need and sitting side by side with them. Regular visiting and personal care, with relationships based on trust and friendship are what gives the SVP its unique character. Visits are made to individuals and families, to the sick at home or in hospitals and hospices, to residential homes and to offender institutes. Loneliness, especially among the elderly is growing, so members spend a lot of time visiting housebound people to prevent them from feeling isolated. Many appreciate a friendly face and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea, knowing that someone cares. Support may extend to doing shopping, decorating, gardening, filling in official forms and ensuring they are receiving their statutory benefits. We also organize an annual pilgrimage to Walsingham and a seaside outing in the summer and a Senior Citizen ’ s party with entertainment which always goes down well. We regularly celebrate a Mass for the sick with the Sacrament of Anointing.

Our Conference is twinned with Grenada and offered financial help when they were most in need following the last disaster which swept across the country. The SVP also has a Central Disaster Fund which is used to donate to major tragic events

New members are always welcomed and if you are interested in joining us please come along to one of our meetings or alternatively you can

contact           (Secretary)  Martine Kingsley on martinekingsley@hotmail.com