‘Awareness Month’ is our annual opportunity to highlight the SVP’s presence in our local parishes and communities and promote a deeper appreciation and understanding of our work. This in turn can help people who are in need of support to know how to contact us, and those who may be thinking about joining the Society to take their interest further.
Founded in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and taking St Vincent de Paul as its patron, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is a Christ-centred organisation made up of almost 10,000 volunteers across England and Wales. While every local group or ‘Conference’ is unique, our mission is the same; to seek and find those in need, to help them in the spirit of justice and to tackle the causes of poverty where we can.
With Christian values at our core, staff and Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society work in a variety of different ways including visiting and befriending the lonely and housebound, supporting individuals and families in financial need as well as supporting vital work overseas (e.g. the recent Kerala flood disaster). Our Annual Appeal will be made at Masses in the parish on 15th & 16th September. If you would like to know more about the work that takes place in your local Conference please get in touch with Francis O’Brien, Tel. 01702-552373.