Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. In March 2012, we established our Conference in the heart of the Mission Hill community. Our Conference was officially recognized in December of 2012. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, founded by Blessed Frederic Ozanam began in Paris in 1833 and stands as one of the oldest and most effective charities in the world.
As a young law student at the Sorbonne, Ozanam was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in Paris. Within weeks, Ozanam at 20 years of age and six of his peers formed the first “Conference of Charity”. Financing their works of charity out of their own pockets and from contributions of friends. They visited the poor in their homes, providing them with needed aid and assistance. In 1833 Ozanam placed the Conference under the patronage of Saint Vincent de Paul who had spent his life in 16th century France serving the poor. Today, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has an international presence composed of 690,000 men and women, 50,000 Conferences and is present in 141 countries and territories.
Our Conference offers financial assistance through a number of programs: Healey Heating, LaPorte Utility, Security Deposit, Parochial School Tuition, Holiday Meals, Furniture and Bedding as well as general support. Our services are offered to all; regardless of religious affiliation. We are non-‐judgmental, non-‐denominational and non-‐discriminatory. It is our firm belief that “all lives matter”! As a voluntary organization we are mandated that 100% of funds raised go to assisting the poor. Who are the poor? A review of our requests reveal that the largest demographic served are single women with children, followed by persons age 50+, the unemployed, the disabled, the homeless and the retired.
September 30, 2017 8 am
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Boston, MA 02120
Welcome to the website of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Mission Church Conference. My hope is that this site serves to inform you and rekindle that “good that is in each of us”, the desire to be our brother’s keeper.
It was my great honor in January 2016 to be elected to my 2nd term as conference president. My career in human services has included work in the areas of labor, public health and wellness, housing, social science research, adult education and community development, serving low-income populations in the inner city communities.
Our conference membership represents a diversity of backgrounds, talents and interests; among them are research scientists, writers, social workers, business people, fundraisers, as well as retirees. I have watched, and hopefully helped, with the growth we have experienced.
Our mission is to spiritually grow through works of charity. Charity, as defined by the great religions of the world, has a recurring doctrine: “Everything belongs to God and must be used for the well-being of all humanity”; ”Giving of one’s possessions, no matter how small, for the sake of helping those in need is a blessing and a means of purifying our souls”; “By giving in times of ease and hardship, your own sustenance will increase”; “Practicing selflessness is thought to increase one’s own merit”. Giving is an expression of our natural qualities of kindness and compassion”. Our Creator has established this very rich and compelling dynamic; as we help others, we help ourselves! How great is our God!
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is one of the oldest and most respected charities in the world. Hopefully, you will take a moment to peruse our site to learn more about our history, our activities and fabulous sponsors. We serve all people without discrimination or judgment.
In closing, God needs us to do His work on earth. People who can step back from the secular world trappings of avarice and indifference and into renewal of their spirituality. Find a way of giving without being asked. Find a way to share your blessings with others. So, there it is, dear friend, the call to put your faith into action. May God bless you.
In the Vincentian Spirit of Love and Charity,
Rose A. Brayboy
who we serve
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
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