In 2013 the St Vincent de Paul Society celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Blessed Frédéric Ozanem, the founder of our society.
He was a student of the Sorbonne in Paris and, with a group of friends, spurred on by his Christian convictions, decided to form the society to bring succour and relief to the people living in the slums of Paris. From that small beginning, the society spread all over the world and is truly international.
The Parish Conference, with members from this parish and St Hilda’s, works in and around the village, befriending those in need, visiting the sick, elderly and housebound in their own homes, hospitals and care homes. The SVP can also give financial assistance where appropriate and practical help where they can, without prejudice and in complete confidence. Last year in England and Wales, over half a million visits were recorded, by 10,000 members. But as well as this the SVP runs family support centres, distributes furniture, runs community shops and family holidays. The society also works with asylum seekers and prisoners. The society endeavours to turn Christian concern into action through person to person contact.
Internationally, the society supports conferences through Twinnage programmes in India, Sudan, Grenada, Guyana and Romania. It also runs special projects to raise funds for specific needs. Our conference is twinned with two Indian conferences, one in Kerala and one in Orissa. Our conference is supported through the generosity of the parish, with coffee mornings and collections. If you feel that the SVP can help you, or you would like further information, then you can contact us through the parish priest or by ringing 01439 788169.