SVP1The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that helps those in material need. The society was founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young Catholic students who were concerned about the poverty and suffering they saw around them. Frederick Ozanam was the leading light in their foundation, and they drew their inspiration and spiritual base from St. Vincent De Paul, who was an outstanding champion of the poor. Today, the society operates in over 150 countries and has more than 800,000 members worldwide. It began in Ireland in 1844 and they have worked quietly in Irish Society since that time.

One of the characteristics of the 'Vincents' is the confidential, 'behind-the-scenes' nature of their work. Although they are at work throughout the year in all of our communities, it's usually only at Christmas time that their presence become somewhat visible. The society does not advertise or seek recognition for their efforts, but instead quietly go about their work of helping those in need.

The society operates through parish-based groups or "conferences", which are made up of volunteers who provide direct assistance to those in need. This assistance may include providing food, clothing, and shelter, as well as emotional and spiritual support.

The society also operates charity shops, such as the one in Lucan Village, which provide a revenue stream for their work. The proceeds from these shops are used to fund the society's programs and services.

A Voice for the Poor
In addition to their direct assistance to those in need, the society also advocates for social justice and systemic change to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. They work to raise awareness about poverty and social issues, and to encourage individuals and communities to act to create positive change. Each year in Ireland they make a budget submission to government urging the support and protection of those most socially vulnerable.

The quiet work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a testament to the power of compassion and the importance of serving others. Their dedication and commitment to helping those in need is an inspiration to all who seek to make a difference in the world.
The ‘Vincents’ show us love in action.

If you are in need, and would like to contact the SVP, you can do so in complete confidence, by contacting the parish Office in your parish, who will put you in touch.

If you are in a position to contribute financially towards their work you can this also via the parish office.

Philip Curran
St. Mary's & St. Patrick's Parishes

March 3, 2023 - 4:04pm

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