Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Welcome to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul New Orleans!

Welcome to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Archdiocesan Council of New Orleans. We actively strive to help fulfill the needs of the impoverished within the metropolitan New Orleans area and the surrounding communities; and have done so since 1865. Through our Special Works, and various conferences, we are here to aid the most vulnerable members of our community; by giving a hand up and not a hand out.

Feast Day of Blessed Frederic' Ozanam - September 9

Every year, on September 9th, Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul around the world celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Frederic' Ozanam, the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Born in 1813 in Milan, Frederic' was a gifted scholar who studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.  At that time, religion was under attack in Europe, and Frederic' became a champion for the Catholic faith.

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in 1997; hence he may be properly called Blessed Frederic' by Catholics.

Frederic' rose to the challenge made by one of his fellow students, forming the “Conference of History”, which involved working with the Daughters of Charity; visiting and helping those in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Paris.  We continue the works of Blessed Frederic’, and his fellow students.  As we know, St. Vincent de Paul members are still based in groups called “Conferences” because of this first Conference founded by Frederic'.

The Daughters of Charity who taught Frederic' and the first Vincentians how to help those in need felt strongly that it was critical to meet with those in need in their homes.

Frederic wrote, “The knowledge of social wellbeing and reform is not to be learned not from books…but by sitting by [the person in need’s] bedside, feeling the same cold that pierces him, hearing the secret of his lonely…mind”.  This tradition of meeting people in their homes, maintaining their confidentiality and dignity, and truly seeing Christ in them, is still at the core of what we do as members of St. Vincent de Paul today.

 “Do not be afraid of new beginnings.  Be creative. Be inventive. You who have energy: who have enthusiasm; who want to do something of value for the future; be inventive, launch out; Do not wait!”

-Blessed Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853)

Adult Learning Center Recap for 2019 Session

  • 3 students completed a book and advanced to the next level of study during April and May
  • 2 students took TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) tests and improved their scores.
  • 14 students have started taking their HiSET /GED tests towards their diploma.

Students and staffers got together for an end-of-year celebratory lunch at the school on June 5th.  Sr. Bonita and staff received beautiful gifts from students, which included a staff plaque and individual decorated plates.

As they gathered and broke bread, many of the students expressed their love and appreciation for Sr. Bonita and her staff.

Many of you may know that the life-sized statue of St. Vincent de Paul was moved from the pharmacy to the Adult Learning Center’s main classroom.  Recently one of the ALC students who struggles with math shared, ‘When I look up and see him (St. Vincent), I can hear him say, ‘I’ve got you covered.  I will help you.’  I look at the cross he’s holding and I know I will make it.’

A few weeks later, on the last day of classes when awards were given, this student was given two certificates, one for advancing in math, and one for improving his reading test score.  After he received his awards, he went over to the statue and gave Vincent a big hug and returned to his seat with eyes sparkling and arms raised in victory.   

 “It’s moments like this that makes what we do so worthwhile.”

-Sr. Bonita Sneigowski

Outstanding Young Vincentians Recognized for 2019

Outstanding Young Vincentian honors were recently awarded to Brooke Lambert of St. Francis Xavier School and Gabriella Roberts of St. Angela Merici School by East Jefferson District President Conner Ellis.

Left - Brooke Lambert of St. Francis Xavier School and Conner Ellis, East Jefferson District President.

Right - Rev. Patrick Carr, Parochial Vicar of St. Angela Merici Parish, Sandra Norman, Gabriella Roberts of St. Angela Merici School, Conner Ellis, Paige Bennett, Principal of St. Angela Merici School and Rev. Beau Charbonnet, Pastor of St. Angela Merici Parish.

Letter of Aggregation Awarded to St. Margaret Mary Conference in Slidell

St. Margaret Mary Conference in Slidell was awarded their Letter of Aggregation by the General Council of the International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France.

Pictured (l to r): Elizabeth Ramirez,  Wayne Marx -  Conference Vice-President; Al Coogan; Eddie Mitts - Conference President; Randsdell Hebert - SVdP District President - Washington/St. Tammany; Father Ed Grice - Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish; Cyril Miller, Marianne Bell, Catherine Tanguis, Deacon Carlos Ramirez -  Second Spiritual Adviser; Betty Buras -  Conference Secretary.  Not pictured: Deacon Chris Schneider - First Spiritual Adviser and Wally Schneidau - Conference Treasurer.

Congratulations to all the members of St. Margaret Mary Conference!

 

 

New Young Adult Conference Formed at Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of LA recently held its SVdP Commissioning Ceremony at the XULA campus.  Elected officers for the XULA Conference are Nick Reese, President; Brittany Strauss, Vice-President; Troy Carter, Secretary; and Amber Gordon, Treasurer.  The XULA  Conference Spiritual Advisor is Deacon Harold Vincent.

Congratulations to all the Young Adult Vincentians and their new conference, and to our Extension and Revitalization Committee, led by Chairman Paul Claudel.

 

 

Our Mission Statement

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.

Our Identity Statement

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.

Our Vision

The vision of Blessed Frederic Ozanam was: "To establish a network of charity and social justice to encircle the world."

Our Values

  • Holiness of Life - Growth in intimacy with Jesus is a life-long process. Prayer is essential, personal and communal.
  • Service of the Poor - The dignity of the human person. The preferential option for the poor. The identification of Jesus with the poor.
  • Humility - The virtue of humility, personal and corporate. Poverty in spirit is the primary Beatitude.
  • Simplicity - The virtue of simplicity. Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the Poor. Divine Providence.
  • Charity - The Society is concerned with charity and justice. The virtue of charity within and outside the Society. Solidarity.
  • Community of Faith - Friendship. Community.

How Does the Society Differ from Other Charities?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is composed of women and men who seek their personal holiness through works of charity. In this essential way, the Society differs from charitable associations or agencies whose principal objective is not the spiritual advancement of their members but the doing of good for someone else.

Society of 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.

The Mission Statement is clear: Vincentian ministry is a means for acquiring holiness. The ministry of a Vincentian to those and with those who stand in need is the powerful means that affects holiness of life for the individual Vincentian. Vatican II states that the principal means of holiness for bishops and priests is their ministry. This applies to the laity also, because, in attending to the needy and suffering, a Vincentian is ministering to Jesus Christ himself.

History

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