170 Years and Counting
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is marking 170 years in the U.S. providing help to people in need. In 1845, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established in St. Louis, Mo. at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, popularly called "The Old Cathedral." The first official meeting of the Society in the United States was held on November 20, 1845.
On this day, a group of 19 Catholic laypersons and one priest met to establish a Conference (chapter) of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Officers were elected and a collection was taken up that amounted to $17.70 to help people in need. This was the start of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the U.S.