Still very much alive … growing at 170 years – 2015 marks the 170th anniversary of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States.
On November 20, 1845, a group of nineteen Catholic laymen and one priest met in the school room attached to the Cathedral Church in St. Louis to establish a Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The officers of the Society were elected and a collection was taken up with seventeen dollars and seventy cents collected to help serve the poor. Thus, in the Providence of God, the Society was born in the United States.
The Council General in Paris aggregated the St. Louis Conference to the Society on February 2, 1846.
During 2015, to capture the grace of our Foundation, all of the Conferences in the United States are invited to pray, reflect and share on:
SERVING IN HOPE—Module VI: OUR VINCENTIAN CONFERENCE
It has been suggested the following schedule
- January and February: Session 6.1 Our Spirituality
- March and April: Session 6.2 Our Friendship
- May and June: Session 6.3 Our Service
- July and August: Session 6.4 Our Home Visits
- September and October: Session 6.5 Our Parish
- November and December: Session 6.6 Our Church
Order Materials NOW:
Formation Guide #1060-English: $2.00 each (one for each member)
DVD #1062-English: $10.00 (one for each Conference)
Formation Guide #1064-Spanish: $2.00 each (one for each member)
DVD #1066-Spanish: $10.00 (one for each Conference)
On-line at www.svdpusa.org