Be a Vincentian

 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul welcomes anyone who believes they  have the grace of desiring to devote some of their time and energy to  following Jesus' command to all of us to help the poor and the needy  around us.

The purpose of being a Vincentian is to grow in holiness by  serving the poor. We believe that being a member of the Society helps us  to obey Jesus' command to us.

Being a Vincentian is a religious activity. You grow in  holiness by your work in helping the needy. It is your own personal  journey and the purpose of being a Vincentian is for you and your fellow  Vincentians to help each other on that journey.

Becoming a Vincentian is easy. Just contact an active  Vincentian  in your parish, or if your parish is not affiliated with a  conference, just contact the District Council of Huntsville  for the  name of the conference closest to you.

Over a period of several weeks, you will be exposed to the activities that Vincentians do to help the needy. (What We Do).   After this, if you find that you wish to go ahead and become a  Vincentian, you will be accepted as a formal member into the Society.  Most members feel that being a Vincentian is one of the most important  and fulfilling things in their lives.

No act of charity is foreign to the Society.

 

As a Vincentian, you will find yourself doing various works that help  those who are in need. The major activity is visiting the poor in their  homes so that you can help them on a personal level. Other activities  may include delivering food baskets to the needy, serving meals for the  homeless, keeping a food pantry stocked and orderly, or visiting someone  who is homebound or in a nursing home. There are numerous charitable  activities that one can do.

Of all the activities that Vincentians do, you will be  encouraged to do those works that you feel comfortable doing and enjoy  doing. You will not be asked to do anything that you do not like to do.

Please join us in our mission of service. 

For more information of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, visit our national website www.svdpusa.org

Luke 10

But  he said to him: What is  written in the law?  how readest thou? He answering, said: Thou shall love the  Lord thy God  with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy   strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbor as thyself. And he  said to  him: Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shall live.  But he willing to  justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my  neighbor? And Jesus answering,  said: A certain man went down from  Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among  robbers, who also stripped  him,  and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead.

And  it chanced, that a certain priest went  down the same way: and seeing him, passed  by. In like manner also a  Levite, when he was near the place and saw him,  passed by. But a  certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him; and  seeing him,  was moved with compassion. And going up to him, bound up his  wounds,  pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought   him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two  pence,  and gave to the host, and said: Take  care of him; and  whatsoever thou shall spend over and above, I, at my return,  will repay  thee

Which  of these three, in thy opinion, was  neighbor to him that fell among the  robbers? But he said: He that  showed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go,  and do thou in like  manner.


 

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:19-20