FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST. LOUIS — “Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul” will release its final five episodes with a special weeklong event on EWTN Global Catholic Network. From February 6 – 10, one new episode will air each day at 5:30 PM EASTERN / 4:30 PM CENTRAL.
The series follows SVdP members, known as Vincentians, on their spiritual growth journey through service to people and families in need. From the Society’s traditional Home Visits (where they bring friendship and aid to neighbors in need), food pantries, and assistance with rent and utilities, to innovative health care, financial and mentoring programs, Vincentians see the face of Christ in those they serve. In this series, Vincentians volunteer across the country to bring effective, personalized help to people in poverty and share their stories of Christ’s love along the way.
Airing February 6, episode 16, titled “The Next Generation of Hope,” travels to Rockville Centre, Louisville, and Austin as Young Adult Vincentians share their love of the Society with those in need, offer a one-stop shop for assistance, and visit a neighbor in need.
Airing February 7, episode 17, titled “Heirlooms and Home Visits,” travels to Minneapolis and Atlanta. We follow along as Vincentians use religious artifacts to support their work helping neighbors in need, and bring friendship and help along on a Home Visit, one of the hallmarks of the Society’s work.
Airing February 8, episode 18, titled “Recycling and Revamping,” Vincentians in Austin, Fort Wayne, and Lane County Oregon walk alongside a neighbor in need as she navigates a new path, use their carpentry skills to help rebuild lives, and utilize recycling to create jobs, reduce waste, and better their community.
Airing February 9, episode 19, titled “Recognizing the Diversity of Those in Need,” visits Louisville, Rockville Centre, and Seattle. We watch as Vincentians offer refuge via a housing program, help men transitioning out of incarceration, and support those in need in the Latinx community.
Airing February 10, episode 20, titled “Help Behind Bars,” visits Wilmington and Minneapolis, where Vincentians serve their communities by offering support to incarcerated women and providing assistance via Home Visits, a hallmark of the Society’s work.
The one-week event of Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul will air daily on EWTN cable channels from February 6 – 10 at 5:30 PM EASTERN / 4:30 PM CENTRAL. Each episode will re-air the following morning at 2:30 AM EASTERN / 1:30 AM CENTRAL. Click here to find the EWTN channel in your zip code. Click here to view the program schedule.
“We are proud to share Our Faith in Action. It’s been a real labor of love and collaboration between our National Council and local groups across the country,” said SVdP National President Ralph Middlecamp. “We hope that when viewers see what Vincentians do in their communities through these shows, they will want to put their own faith into action and come join us!”
Two unique aspects of the Society are the spiritual growth of members and visits with people in poverty in their homes, both of which are highlighted throughout the series. The Society is composed of women and men who seek to grow closer to God through works of charity. In this way, the Society differs from other charitable agencies whose principal objective is simply about doing good for someone else. The Society is unique in its emphasis on helping members grow spiritually through their service to others. Meeting with people in their homes, as friends, shows the importance of treating people in need with dignity and respect, a hallmark of the Society.
Since its founding in Paris in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has grown to 800,000 members in over 150 countries with 1,500,000 volunteers. Vincentians understand that service to a neighbor in need is an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, and are aware that poverty, suffering, and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s work is unique in that Vincentians offer tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or through direct financial or in-kind service.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
National Director of Marketing and Communications
National Council of the United States, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
66 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-3706
phone (314) 576-3993, ext. 204