The Start of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Bartholomew Conference
A series of presentations about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul were given to our pastor Father Clement Davis, parish staff and lay leaders in the summer and fall of 2010. Fr. Clem agreed that a Conference should be initiated and established in the parish with the condition that it would operate in collaboration with the Ecumenical Assembly Love Chapel.
The Love Chapel has been helping those in need in the city and county for over 40 years. The reason it was started was to provide a single source for those seeking help. This is why the Conference will work closely with the Love Chapel to avoid duplication.
The President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocesan Council has been instrumental in providing support and training necessary for those who have joined the Conference. Similarly the Director of the Love Chapel is providing on-going training for members in their methods of providing support to those in need.
When the members are trained they will be visiting those in need using the information and introductions provided by the Love Chapel Case Managers.
The Vincentian Vocation and Mission Statement
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 Frederic 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.
A Special Prayer to close our meetings:
We do not ask that you make life easy for us,
but that problems will not intimidate us.
We do not ask for success in every venture,
but that when we fail, we can still go on with a fresh beginning.
We ask for the grace to bring the love of God, the compassion of Jesus,
to those who are poor and suffering.
And we ask for the grace to set our hearts on fire so that we will
live the true spirit of a Vincentian. Amen