On November 20, 1845, the first official meeting of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was held in the United States.
The meeting was held in St. Louis, Mo. at the “Old Cathedral” where the first Conference in the U.S. was established by Fr. Ambrose Heim. Fr. Heim was known by the people of St. Louis for his extraordinary zeal and ministry with the poor.
Dr. Moses Linton, a prominent physician and convert to Catholicism, was elected president of the Conference. Bryan Mullanphy, widely known for his philanthropy, served as vice-president.
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“The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him.” (Ps 34: 6)
“Psalm, 34 allows us today, surrounded as we are by many different forms of poverty, to know those who are truly poor. It enables us to open our eyes to them, to hear their cry and to recognize their needs.” (Pope Francis).
Every day is a “Day of the Poor” with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as Vincentians grow spiritually by putting their faith into action as they serve people in poverty throughout the year.
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Throughout the Bible, Jesus would perform miracles to meet immediate needs. When Jesus fed the multitudes with loaves and fishes, it was in reaction to an immediate need. When Jesus healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, or cleansed a leper, it was at the request of an immediate need. Jesus' miracles were often in response to helping people in their most desperate time of need.
While the Society of St. Vincent de Paul does not perform miracles in the same way Jesus did, every day Vincentians are changing lives by practicing Jesus’ calling to help those in need.
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November 9: Beatification of Blessed Rosalie Rendu
Sr. Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, is recognized as a co-founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. She mentored the founding members of the Society in the spirit and heritage of St. Vincent and St. Louise de Marillac.
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Sr. Rosalie always recommended patience, mercy and courtesy. She taught Frederic Ozanam and the first members of the Society how to make home visits and how to see Jesus in the poor. She gave them families to visit and advice on the Vincentian way to go to them: with respect and compassion. Sr. Rosalie Rendu was beatified in Rome in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. All Vincentians celebrate this beautiful model of love for the poor.
The Disaster Services Corp., St Vincent de Paul USA is calling for your help to purchase hygiene kits for disaster victims! Hurricanes Florence and Michael battered the Southeast and recovery will take many months. We need to replenish our hygiene supplies for these and other impending disasters.
Personal hygiene kits are always in need to keep up with the disasters in the U.S. alone! Through this campaign, we would like to raise 10,000 kits for disaster victims. These hygiene kits have been customized for Disaster Services Corp., St Vincent de Paul USA and include items for specific age groups (e.g., a backpack and stuffed animal for kids).
The hygiene kits will be distributed by SVdP Disaster Services Corp. to disaster survivors.
Thank you for your support and generosity!
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Are you searching for a way to grow in faith while helping others? Then tune into our television series, “Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul,” which airs on EWTN. The series airs at 6:00 p.m. ET Saturdays and 4:00 a.m. ET Tuesdays.
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Give a Vehicle to Help People in Need
Receive a Tax Deduction
You can help people in need by donating an old vehicle while easing your tax burden for the year. Do something good for others during the holidays by donating a vehicle to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The proceeds generated from vehicle donations in your community will go right back into the neighborhood to help feed the hungry, keep the lights and heat on, fund programs to help people help themselves, and more.
We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV’s, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, heavy equipment and most other motorized vehicles. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call us toll-free at (800) 322-8284 seven days a week.
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SVdP Interview with FADICA
Society of St. Vincent de Paul National CEO Dave Barringer was interviewed by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) on their “Helping Goodness Spread Blog.”
FADICA is a network of private foundations and donors supporting Catholic-sponsored programs and institutions. For 40 years, FADICA has served as a dynamic and catalytic philanthropic network committed to supporting Catholic activities and initiatives (especially those that strengthen the Church and aid the poor).
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The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has launched Neighborhoods of Hope (NOH), an effort to tackle poverty at the community level. The program will enhance and maximize Vincentian poverty-fighting initiatives already taking place.
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Project Empower is a systemic change project for our neighbors-in-need with disabilities who are being served by Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Connecting neighbors-in-need with Allsup increases their chances of being approved at the initial application level by 50%! Most individuals who apply for SSDI do it themselves, and approximately 67% are denied. They then join over a million other Americans in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) backlog, where they must wait an average 564 days for a hearing. Learn more about how you can help people with disabilities better access this life changing benefit.
Learn more about SVdP’s new National Partner DollarDays International at svdp.dollardays.com. Founded by a former Macy’s executive, DollarDays is a national wholesaler of holiday & seasonal items, winter apparel, baby care, student backpacks, bath & body, fleece blankets, medical supplies, office & school supplies, arts & crafts, stationary & gift wrap, store fixtures, toys & games and clothing online, by the case, with free shipping and small minimum order. Shipping is free through the SVdP portal, but all orders do incur a $3.99 processing fee.
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In today’s world, people are constantly on the go. The one accessory that is constantly by almost everyone’s side is their phone or other mobile device. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has launched a new mobile app that helps you link up with SVdP to receive instant alerts, stay current with SVdP events, take and share photos, connect with resources and more!
To find and download the mobile app, just go to your mobile device’s app store and search “SVDPUSA” and click install. The app is FREE, so download it today!
For instructions on downloading the mobile app, click the following link: http://bit.ly/2acrAXI !
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