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Saint Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is a Catholic lay organization of volunteers.  Its roots began in 1833 with Frederic Ozanam in France inspired by Saint Vincent de Paul who worked tirelessly with the poor and needy in the 1600’s.  The Society of SVdP continues to expand throughout the world, and as of 2006, was established on five continents, in 142 countries, with approximately 690,000 members in 47,400 Conferences

Objective?  To do what is agreeable to God.  “We must do what our Lord Jesus Christ did when preaching the gospel.  Let us go to the poor.”  Through the Providence of God, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was born.

For client assistance, SVdP meets in the parish hall in Moriarty, next to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Clients are helped with their utilities and other resources.  In addition, SVdP operates a Food Pantry in Estancia from the rectory of Saints Peter and Paul Church every third Friday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The majority of monies come from the parishioners and twinning is done occasionally between other SVdP Conferences.  Non-perishable foods are donated from the parishioners and are augmented by the Roadrunner Food bank in Albuquerque.

When help is needed, the client calls the parish office at 832-6655.  They are instructed to come to the parish hall in Moriarty on Friday mornings (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)  Emergency food boxes are located at the office.

This ministry is always in need of volunteers who are committed to God’s work in helping the needy. You can commit your time and talent to this ministry by helping with our Food Pantry, as a board member, or just to attend the monthly meetings which are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Suggestions and ideas in any area are always welcomed. Call the parish office at 832-6655 for more information.

To learn more about this ministry and its history you can go to http://www.svdpusa.org


Who Was Frederic Ozanam?

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..

Prayer of the Vincentian Family

Lord Jesus, you who willed to become poor,
give us eyes and a heart directed toward the poor;
help us recognize you in them --
in their thirst, their hunger, their loneliness, and their misfortune.

Enkindle within our Vincentian Family
unity, simplicity, humility,
and the fire of love
that burned in St. Vincent de Paul

Strengthen us, so that faithful to the practice of these virtues,
we may contemplate you and serve you in the person of the poor,
and may one day be united with you and them in your Kingdom.

P.O. Box 129
1400 Third St. S
Moriarty, New Mexico 87035
Phone: 505.832.6655
Fax: 505.832.6057