Most Rev. John Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, is the National Episcopal Advisor for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Last year, Bishop Quinn asked that conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul be formed at parishes in our diocese to provide a new opportunity for faith communities to serve both individuals and families in need. The “conference” is the local organization of the Society. This year, five parishes in Rochester formed St. Vincent De Paul conferences, including St. John the Evangelist, St. Pius X, Pax Christi, Church of the Resurrection, and St. Francis of Assisi. The process of formally establishing our conference took almost 6 months. Our SJE Conference began service to those in need began in May 2011.
Members of the Society, called “Vincentians”, provide person-to-person assistance by visiting those in need in their homes. Our conference meets twice a month on the first and third Monday evenings for spiritual reflection, discussion and decision-making, and fellowship. There are different categories of membership including active members, associate members, and contributing members.
All are welcome to join us on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 P.M. in the Parish Center for our regular meetings, or contact one of us by email.
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The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
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.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
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