“ Extend mercy toward others, so that there is no one in need whom we meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw mercy from us?" St. Vincent de Paul
“And the king will say 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Answering the call to Serve
"As Vincentians, we believe that God has blesses us with awareness that our time, talent and treasure are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. We invite you to join us in our mission to serve.
Don't forget the Poor!
Donations can be make in the poor box at the Church main entrance. Contact Laurie Spang in the Church Office for information.
St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor is just one of many opportunities to serve.
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Send a check to St. Vincent de Paul in care of the Church Office
The Society was formed in 1836 in Paris by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and named for St. Vincent de Paul because of his advocacy for the poor. St Vincent de Paul, who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries, believed that God lived in every person, no matter what their condition in life or where they came from. In 1617, St Vincent abandoned his comfortable life as a priest in Paris and became a parish priest dedicated to the poor.The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic organization of lay persons, all of whom live their faith by loving and serving their neighbor. The Vincentians “walk their talk” and try as best they can to respond to individuals in need on a person-to-person basis, regardless of race, creed, gender or religion. Our Conference serves the poor in Greater Winter Haven, Auburndale, Eloise, Wahneta, Eagle Lake and Lake Alfred.The essential elements of the Society are these:1) To bear witness to Christ and to his Church by showing that faith of Christians inspires them to work for the good of humanity;2) To bring together men and woman of good will and to assist them by mutual example and true friendship in drawing nearer to the Divine Model by fulfilling His essential precept, namely the love of God in the person of others;3) To establish personal contact between its members and those who suffer and to bring to the latter the most efficacious and charitable aid possible4) To provide its members the opportunity to grow spiritually.
See link below for national website
The feast of St. Vincent de Paul is celebrated annually on September 27
Our service to the poor includes food vouchers that can be used at local supermarkets, school uniform and shoe vouchers for needy children, and many other forms of assistance to those in need. One characteristic that distinguishes us from other charitable organizations is that we visit the poor in their homes in order to assess their situation and to provide them with information to help them become less dependent on others. Our funds come largely through private donations. Your donations are encouraged. Checks should be made out to: SVDP.
Local Contact Information
|Help Line (863) 293-6133
Location hours of operation:
9 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday
| St. Vincent de Paul Conference
St. Joseph and St. Matthew Church
532 Ave. M North West
Winter Haven FL. 33881
From its small beginnings in Paris, the Society has grown to several thousand active Conferences with over 600,000 members in 131 countries. To learn more about our national organization and its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam go to our national website at www.svdpusa.org
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
Check our local web site for updates & information on upcoming events: www.svdporlando.org