Society Background - “Making a difference One Person at a Time.”
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international organization of Catholic lay men and women founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam in Paris, France. The Society’s organizational structure and mission were shaped by its founder and guided by the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, Father of the Poor and Apostle of Charity.
The patroness of the Society is Mary, the Mother of God, particularly under her title of the Immaculate Conception. The Society seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help all who are suffering. Key to the Society’s active ministry is the person-to-person involvement of its member volunteers because they see the face of Jesus Christ in the needy persons whom they serve.
St. John the Baptist Conference
St. John’s target population is broad based; including parishioners, homeless and an increasing number of Romanian/Russian and Hispanic populations living within parish boundaries. Resources and information is provided to our Vicariate membership of the services provided by SVdP through Leticia Chavez, our Hispanic Ministry Coordinator.
St. Vincent de Paul Society has served over 140 years in Oregon helping those who are suffering and in need. The number of people served based on last year’s food calls was approximately 4,000 clients. This number continues to increase due to the rising costs of food and the high rate of unemployment. We have 12 active members in our Conference who collectively volunteer almost 2,000 hours of service each year.
The Vincentians of St. Johns are blessed with generous support and commitment to helping serve the poor in our parish community. To volunteer, please contact Rick McCann at 503-709-4503.
Closing Prayer of the Vincentian Family
Lord Jesus, You who willed to become poor,
Give us eyes and a heart directed toward the poor.
Help us to recognize You in them-
In their thirst, their hunger, their loneliness, and their
Enkindle within our Vincentian Family, unity, simplicity, humility,
And the fire of love that burned in St. Vincent dePaul. Strengthen us so that faithful to the practice of these virtues,
We may contemplate You and serve You in the person of the poor,
And may one day be united with You and them in Your kingdom.