St. Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul Society serves the needy of Lumpkin County regardless of background through spiritual support, life decisions management, and financial aid as needed. Our Vincentian members bond through spirituality, fellowship, and service to others.  Contact Tom Weinthaler – tom.weinthaler@yahoo.com.

What is SVDP?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the oldest and widespread charitable organizations in the world. The Society was founded in France in 1833 by a 20-year-old student, Blessed Fréderic Ozanam, who wished to help the poor regardless of religion.

Frédéric founded the Society under the name of St. Vincent de Paul, a French priest from the late 16th and early 17th centuries who was committed to the work of charity and justice. Frédéric and his friends visited the poor in their homes, helping them whenever possible by sharing whatever food and other necessities were available for them to give. More importantly, the young men provided food for the spirit through their many acts of kindness and friendship.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul formed its first conference in the United States in St. Louis in 1845. The Society is organized internationally, nationally, regionally, as well as on a diocesan level (council) and at the parish (conference).

Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians” ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. This is the core ministry of the society. Vincentians are young and old, with members coming in every shade of skin color. Some of are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.

Core Values

  • The dignity of the human person
  • Identification of Jesus with the poor
  • The preferential option of the poor
  • Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the poor
  • Growth in intimacy with Jesus is a life-long process
  • Poverty of spirit is the primary beatitude
  • The Society is concerned with charity and justice
  • Prayer is essential: personal and communal
  • The virtue of humility: personal and corporate
  • The virtue of charity within and outside of the Society
  • Divine Providence
  • Friendship
  • Solidarity
  • Community
  • Simplicity

Mission 

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay o rganization, 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.

Vision 

Like its founder, Frédéric Ozanam, the vision of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to“embrace the world in a network of charity.”