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. The St. Ann Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves its neighbors of any denomination or faith background who live within the boundaries of the parish and who are in need of assistance. We provide financial, spiritual, and physical support to those neighbors in need, including home visits, a food pantry, and assistance with the costs of utilities, rent, or medicine whenever appropriate.
Did you know…
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began in Paris, France, in 1833 when a young law student at the Sorbonne, Frédéric Ozanam, was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in Paris. Ozanam’s reaction was immediate. Within weeks, Ozanam, at 20 years of age, and six of his peers formed the first “Conference of Charity.” Under the conference, this group of seven men financed their works of charity out of their own pockets and from contributions of friends. They visited the poor in their homes, providing them with needed aid and assistance. At the prompting of Monsieur Emmanuel Bailly and Sister Rosalie Rendu, superior of a convent of the Daughters of Charity, Ozanam soon placed the conference under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul who had spent his life in 16th century France serving the poor.
By the time of his death, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul consisted of 2,000 members. Today, the work continues in what evolved to be the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, with 800,000 members in some 140 countries worldwide, whose members operate through “conferences”. Each conference is composed of Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to help those in need in their community.
Bl. Frédéric Ozanam’s Canonization Process Takes a Step Forward
|On September 24th, the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, the local phase (where a local diocese directs the process) of the inquiry on the alleged miracle ascribed to Bl. Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam was concluded after conducting a thorough 11-month investigation. Sufficient evidence thereof must be gathered for canonisation. The closing ceremony was held at the Archdiocesan Curia of Mariana (Brazil), presided over by Archbishop Airton José dos Santos.|
On this occasion, the 16th President General, our fellow member Renato Lima de Oliveira, was appointed ‘official courier’ of the documentation (900 pages) attesting the allegedly miraculous cure ascribed to Ozanam: reports, witness testimonies, as well as medical and expert evidence were packaged, duly wrapped and secured with seals; and our fellow member Renato Lima will personally deliver, God willing, this documentation to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints (Vatican Phase).
Feeding the hungry requires a community!
Our food pantry is there for our neighbors in need, but the pantry itself is in need! Many of the items we routinely give out are in short supply, and are hard to obtain. If you have any surplus of the things listed below, or are able to acquire them, would you please consider sharing with those who are less fortunate?
We ask that donations be brought to the pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursdays at 8:00 AM. or after 9:30 AM, to assist us with managing traffic.
If we have specific or particular needs, we’ll list them below. Please check back, frequently as the list will change as we move forward, Thank you for your many kindnesses!
News and Upcoming Events
- The St. Ann Conference remains active in aiding those who need our help. The food pantry is still open, albeit with procedures implemented to reduce the exposure of both our neighbors and our members. We have suspended home visits, but we are still responding to neighbors in need who call into our helpline at (302) 236-9279.
- No formal meetings will be held during the summer months of July and August. We will post the date and time of our next meeting in September when available. New members or interested parties are always welcome to join us. If you are interested, please see a SVdP member or call our hotline at (302) 236-9279.
- Our annual school supplies drive will be held between July 10 and August 15. We will be collecting supplies for those of our neighbors who need assistance with getting their children back to school. We will be collecting basic items like pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, paper, and so forth ; as well as accepting monetary contributions to the project. Last year your generous support enabled us to supply over 125 children with their basic school supply needs. Tables will be in the foyer of each church after mass, where additional information can be obtained and contributions dropped off.
New members or interested parties are always welcome to join us at our meetings. However, because of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we may be meeting via Zoom. If you are interested in joining or if you have any questions, please call our hotline number (302) 236-9279, and we’ll be more than happy to introduce ourselves.
If you wish to contribute to our work by a check, please make it out to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and mail it to the Society at P.O. Box 879, Ocean View, DE 19970. Alternatively, you may use one of the special St. Vincent envelopes (with the tan stripe), now available at the entrance to Church or in your bi-monthly parish envelope package; and drop that envelope in any collection basket.
If you, or someone you know, needs help with food, please visit the food pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Thursday mornings between 8:30 and 10:00 AM; except for the second Thursday of each month when the pantry will be closed in the morning, but will open from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Those who are seeking other services or assistance are welcome to present those needs at the pantry at that time, or they may simply call our hotline at (302) 236-9279.
Thanks to all of our parishioners and other contributors who enable our outreach!!
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization dedicated to serving the poor and suffering. 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.
The full mission statement of the St. Ann Conference can be read here:
Please consider getting involved with the St. Ann Conference in Bethany Beach! Contact our support number at (302) 236-9279 for additional information or feel free to visit us at one of our meetings in Delaney Hall on the second Tuesday (9:30 AM) or the fourth Tuesday (3:30 PM) of each month.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVdP) was founded in Paris by a group of dedicated students; their leader Frederic Ozanam was beatified in 1997. The Society and each of its Conferences operate under the guidance of a Rule, which sets out its organization and mission. The first rule was authored in 1835 and has had numerous revisions over the years, the latest occurring in 2004.
The latest version of the Rule Of The International Confederation Of St. Vincent De Paul may be browsed here or downloaded here: