|Vincent was born a peasant in 16th century France. He gave his energies and life to the needs of the poor. Together with Louise de Marillac, he organised hospitals for the sick and poor, founded institutions for abandoned children, opened soup kitchens, created job training programmes, taught young women to read, improved prison conditions, and organised countless local charities in the villages throughout France. Click on the picture to read the life story of St. Vincent de Paul.|
The St Vincent de Paul Society in our parish is one of five branches in the East Kilbride and Strathaven area. Click on the logo to find out more about the work of the Society in Scotland and how to become involved.
|In 1629, Vincent de Paul, who in 1625 had established the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians), invited Louise de Marillac to assist him with the Confraternities of Charity in the parishes of France. With St. Vincent de Paul in 1633, she founded the Daughters of Charity, the first community of non-cloistered sisters, whose 25,000 members now serve around the globe. Click on the picture to read the story of St. Louise.|
|Frederic Ozanam was born in Milan in 1813. Committed to do more than talk about faith, Frederic, with a small group of friends, formed the first "Conference of Charity," which met weekly to contribute to a secret collection and then visit the poor in their homes. Today, the worldwide St. Vincent de Paul Society continues this type of quiet service through its almost one million members. The Society of St Vincent de Paul, or SSVP, is a worldwide confederation of national charities with nearly one million members. Membership is open to men and women, young and old. The SSVP asks that members accept fully the Christian ethos of the SSVP, and are committed to express their love of God through personal service to their neighbour. The SSVP respects religious liberty and values of all people and offers help to anyone in need. Click on the picture to find out about the SSVP in Scotland.|
|The Vincentian Family draws inspiration from the lives and example of Vincentians like St. Vincent, St. Louise and Blessed Frederic Ozanam. All these groups try, in their own way, to reach out to those most in need and to seek together, in prayerful service, ways of overcoming poverty, injustice and oppression. Click on the picture to find out more about the Vincentians.|