The Society of St Vincent de Paul serves people in need regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions.
As one of the oldest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is a Catholic lay organization of about 800,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents.
The Society was founded in 1833 in Paris by Frédéric Ozanam. As a college student, Ozanam and his companions were moved by the plight of the poor and challenged to put their Catholic faith into action. They adopted St. Vincent de Paul as the Society’s patron because he cared for the poor, forgotten and downtrodden of Paris. The first SVdP presence in the U.S. was established in 1845 in St. Louis, Mo., where the headquarters remains. U.S. membership totals nearly 100,000 in 4,400 communities today.
This relatively new conference of Our Lady of Lourdes church, began serving this community in August 2016. In it’s short time it’s served over 60 families with clothes, shoes, food, beds, diapers, blankets, medicine, toiletries, and other basic necessities and given a total of more than $8,000 in financial help. Members have volunteered over 800 hours and driven more than 4,000 miles collectively in service of the community.
If you are interesting in joining this ministry, please call the hotline and leave us a message our president will call you back with more information, our meetings are usually Sunday at 2:30 pm. in the CCD building. To learn more about SvdP USA, please visit www.svdpusa.org.
Dates of Second Collections that benefit the needy in the community:
The ministry of Saint Vincent de Paul here in Our Lady of Lourdes wishes to thank all of you for the support you offer your community in need. Thanks to everyone's efforts, in the 10 months that the ministry has been open, more than 100 people in our community and parish have been helped with clothing, shoes, food, beds, diapers, blankets, medicines, toiletries, and other basic needs. Members of St. Vincent de Paul have volunteered more than 1,000 hours of service to date and collectively traveled nearly 6,000 miles in their efforts to provide their current total of $20,000 in financial assistance to people in need.
Thank you so much for your generosity, may God bless you.
SVDP’s Mini Loan Program (MLP) assists those who have become financially trapped by the exorbitant lending rates of payday and auto title loans. Fighting against interest rates as high as 500% APR, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, working with a local Texas banking partner, has established a new low-interest loan conversion program. The high interest loan is replaced by a low interest loan providing financial relief to the person or family in need. Combined with a savings account and financial management education this program provides hope and a path to self-sufficiency. Already more than one family in your community has escaped loans with interests rates as high as 85% and 105%. If you need help please contact the SDVP society here at Lourdes.