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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul — A grassroots organization PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 June 2007 12:54
The St. Columbkille Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Pembroke Council, was established early this year in the Pembroke Diocese. Now operating in the Pembroke and Petawawa areas, the council has a long-term goal of reaching out to other areas in the Diocese.

We are now providing home visits to help those in need and are in the process of opening a soup kitchen, which we have named “St. Francis’ Cupboard.”

The soup kitchen is being organized to operate on the days the Salvation Army service is not offered so that the community’s needs are being fulfilled. The official opening date will be announced later. We will be serving lunch Saturday, Sunday and Monday once we begin operations. We welcome volunteers. If you are interested, please call Clare at 613-735-0883. Our office phone number for help is 613-732-9058.

The roots of the society date to 1833, when a 20-year-old student called Frederic Ozanam, along with a group of students from the Sorbonne University, were challenged to prove their faith in Christ through action, not just words.

Blessed Frederic and his group began working with the desperately poor in Paris. Developing a system, they went in teams to help the poor in their homes, in the streets, in the hospitals and in the asylums.

Today this tradition continues, starting at the parish level, where Vincentians organize themselves into working groups of volunteers, known as “conferences”. The society obtains its funding through the parish poor boxes and from its benefactors. Vincentians respond to the needs of the poor in their conference area regardless of race, creed or origin, visiting the poor in their homes, providing food, clothing and emergency shelter.

The members of the first conference chose St. Vincent de Paul as their patron, citing him as a model on earth and a protector in heaven. They then placed themselves under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would guide them in their charitable deeds.

Frederic Ozanam was beatified by Pope John Paul II at Notre Dame de Paris Basilica on August 22, 1997. His feast day is celebrated on September 9.


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