THE SAINT VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society was founded in Paris in the mid-1800s by Blessed Frederick Ozanam in an attempt to alleviate intense poverty at that time. Today the Society has over a million members world-wide and in Australia most Catholic parishes support a local Society conference.
The Guildford conference was founded a few months ago and currently has eight members. The Society ethos involves visiting the poor in their homes and providing any help that is needed, both material and emotional. Material aid comes in the form of food vouchers, payment of utility bills, rental arrears, clothing and furniture. Emotional aid usually involves listening to their problems, offering friendship and advice, and financial counselling.
Vincentians are non-judgemental, friendly to all, and prepared to go the extra mile to help our friends in need. We always visit in pairs, and do not discriminate regarding race, political leanings or religion.
All Christians are welcome to join the Society. Working with us involves attending a fortnightly meeting at the Parish Hall (alternate Wednesdays at 7pm, lasting about one hour), and visiting the poor once a week to provide any assistance needed. Visiting nursing homes and hostels is another activity that is encouraged.
All are welcome to join.
Contact the parish for more information