The SVdP television special “Our Faith in Action” Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul” is now available online for all Councils and Conferences to use to help tell our story.
The half-hour program shows Society of St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people in need. This special shows Vincentians on a home visit with a family in need, helping the homeless in a downtown shelter and working with returning citizens through prison ministry. This program provides an excellent overview of who we are and what we do.
"Our Faith in Action" is available to stream or download on the Society's Vimeo channel or to watch on YouTube
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Help Support Victims of Disasters
Already in 2017, there have been five disaster events with each having losses exceeding $1 billion affecting tens of thousands of people. The SVdP Disaster Services Division (DSD) has been actively supporting Councils and Conferences in responding to natural disasters from coast to coast.
The SVdPUSA Disaster Services Division provides long-term assistance in the form of on-site training, Rapid Response Grants, Long-Term Recovery Grants, Disaster Case Management and ongoing support.
In addition to their work in larger communities, the SVdP Disaster Services Division and local Councils/Conferences are currently providing disaster relief and recovery assistance to rural communities in: California, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Please pray for all the people who have lost their homes to disasters and consider supporting the efforts of Vincentians to help them. Please help now!
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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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St. Louise de Marillac Feast Day – May 9
St. Louise de Marillac (1591-1660) was a friend and collaborator of St. Vincent de Paul. Together they co- founded the Daughters of Charity. They organized hospitals for the sick poor, asylums for the orphaned, workshops for the unemployed, championed literacy for the uneducated and established standards for local charities. Louise was a wife, mother, teacher, nurse, social worker and religious foundress.
Louise de Marillac was beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934. Pope John XXIII named Louise the Patron of all Christian Social Workers in 1960. In 2016, her feast day was changed to May 9, the anniversary of her beatification.
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Frederic Ozanam was born on April 23, 1813 in Milan, Italy. On April 23, 1833 Frederic and six companions founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Also, St. Vincent de Paul was born on April 24, 1581. To commemorate these events, the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul celebrates the last Sunday of April as Ozanam Sunday.