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“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink;

I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me!

I was ill and you comforted me; in prison and you came to me!”

Matthew 25: 35-36



Frederic Ozanam was a 20 year old university student at the Sorbonne in Paris when he was challenged by another student to put action to his words about his Catholic faith. Along with five other students and the advice of an older friend , Emmanuel Bailly, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul began. Through the spiritual guidance and practical advice of Sister Rosalie Rendu, DC, Frederic and his friends began to visit the poor in the slums of Paris. The membership grew quickly. By 1845, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was introduced in the United States in St. Louis, MO.

The Challenge of Youth & Young Adults

On April 23, 1833, a small group of young college students motivated by our founder, Frederic Ozanam, began searching for a way to put their faith into action. In response, they founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, named after the great apostle of charity. They visited people who barely survived in the slums of Paris and those who were dying in hospitals.

Today, thousands of young people throughout the world are coming together to share common experiences of service to the poor through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

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Accept the Challenge: Volunteer!

Because Young Vincentians do not simply dispense charity, those who belong to the Society consider themselves especially blessed. Young Vincentians use every means available to help their fellow human beings who have fallen on hard times, but they do it in a person-to -person relationship.

They do not simply provide a loaf of bread, a blanket or a ride to the doctor's office; they also bring help to those who are discouraged, tenderness to the abused and courage for those confronting hardship.

For more information, also see: About St. Vincent De Paul

For even more information, go to the National website at: www.svdpusa.org


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Our Lord says that whoever wishes to become greatest of all must make himself least of all. This is a truth that all Christians believe; how happens it, then, that so few practice it?


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