What is the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul?
Saint Vincent de Paul, the patron of this ministry, was a French priest who dedicated his life to charity and serving the poor in the 17th century. He was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded in Paris in 1833 by Frederick Ozanam and his friends. Working under the patronage of Saint Vincent de Paul, they served the poor in the slums of Paris. Today, the Society has more than 50,000 conferences in 150 countries and is made up of tens of thousands of Catholic lay people.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was formed in this parish in June 1978. Like our founder, we endeavour to put our faith into action among the poor of this community. Our mission is to offer emergency assistance to our neighbors who find themselves without adequate food or resources to support their families.
What does the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul do?
Together with other Christian churches, we support the East Dartmouth Christian Food Bank with financial and volunteer help. We also support Feeding Others of Dartmouth Margaret’s House with volunteers and donations. We helped initiate a breakfast program for school children of our community, a program we continue to support with volunteer help. In addition, we proudly support the Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth. Within this parish, our volunteers played a significant role in planning the new parish building on Caledonia Road.
We have extremely generous parishioners who assist us in this work! Parishioners donate food weekly, make contributions to our annual appeal for funds in the fall of each year, and donate gifts to our annual Christmas Giving Tree project.
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