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. 

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.

We are in particular need of:

  • Bags of Pinto Beans
  • Laundry Detergent 
  • Windex or similar products
  • Mac and Cheese

Please check back, frequently as the list will change as we move forward, Thank you for your many kindnesses!

News and Upcoming Events

The date of our next gathering has not been announced; it is dependent upon the state of COVID-19 containment and remediation efforts. When announced, new members or interested parties are always welcome to join us.

“Our Faith in Action” Movie now available for online viewing and download

The spirit and charism of a 400-year old French saint lives on through the examples of charity by nearly 100,000 dedicated men and women of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The feature-length presentation “Our Faith in Action” tells the spiritually uplifting, personal stories of our Vincentian members in direct service with people in need across the country.

If you missed the movie or loved what you saw and want to see more stories of Vincentians across the country helping their neighbors in need, you can!  The movie is available for viewing on the SVdP YouTube page and can be accessed by clicking here:

The movie is also available with Spanish subtitles; to view please click below.

If you missed the movie or loved what you saw and want to see more stories of Vincentians across the country helping their neighbors in need, you can!  The movie is available for viewing on the SVdP YouTube page and can be accessed by clicking here:

The entire movie can be downloaded by clicking here.

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!!

Mission

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:

Links

National Council of the United States
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Wilmington Council
St. Ann Council Members Page

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