SVdP About Us
Founded in Paris in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide community of more than 800,000 lay Catholics, known as Vincentians, who join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to neighbors in need.
Vincentians respond to their community’s needs, offering programs such as, but not limited to, disaster relief services, job training and placement, thrift stores, food pantries, housing programs, re-entry after prison, medical services, and many others, as well as longer-term Systemic Change programs that help individuals journey out of poverty and lead healthier, more productive lives.
The St. Andrew Conference, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, was established in 1970 to provide assistance to the parish community of Cape Coral and a limited area in North Fort Myers. All our members are volunteers who chose to become Vincentians to heed our Lord’s call to soften their hearts, and “…freely open [our] hand and generously lend what suffices to meet that need.” [Deuteronomy 15:7-8]
Today, we average about 30 members, many of whom live here part-time. As a result, we are always seeking new members to help our fellow neighbors get a “hand-up” as many struggle with poverty. Please prayerfully consider joining our society and at a minimum, please pray for us as we daily encounter those in need.
Call our Help Line at (239) 772-3543 to inquire about becoming a member.
“A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.”
WHO WE ARE
In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization inspired by Gospel values. The Society leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, known as Vincentians, come together 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 concepts and practices, which we call The Rule.
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