Spiritual Reflection. Who Are We and What We Do? What is Our History? What is Vincentian Spirituality ? Why Do We Have A Rule and What Is It? Why Do We Make Home Visits? How Are We Organized? Why and How Are We Accountable? What is Our Society Doing Today?
Churches & Agencies
EldercareThe Core Work Of The SocietyIt Always Starts With A Home Visit
St. Vincent De Paul
St. Louise de Marillac
Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Blessed Rosalie Rendu
St. Catherine Laboure
Apparition of Our Lady
to bear witness to the love of Christ
“There is No Charity that is Not Accompanied by Justice, Nor Does it Permit Us to Do More Than We Reasonably Can.”
“The Order of Society is Based on Two Virtues: Justice and Charity…”
“Our Little Society Has Grown Large Enough To Be A Providential Fact”
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Created by Gerry Felsecker
Executive Director - Milwaukee
August Le Taillandier
In the beginning…
But we need each other!
How about 100 members?
We must split up!
What shall we do?
Divide Don’t Divide .
-We do not know each other -We would go our separate ways
-No time to discuss our visit -We would lose touch with each
-Loss of personal touch other
The pro’s and con’s
(1) A structural way to keep us on the same page.
(2) Something in writing: who we are and what we are about
‘The Rule of
“All Christian young men who desire to unite in a communion of prayers and a participation in the same works of charity may become members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, wherever they may happen to reside.”
A mission statement, constitution,
and ‘how to’ manual - all in one.
Very little changed for 133 years.
Most of the changes reflected new structures (national, diocesan, and district council) that became neces- sary as the Society expanded.
Up to the 1960s, the wording of the original Rule was easily recognized to the Rule of its time.
“All religious and lay organizations need to revise their constitutions in light of the changes in the world.”
PROVISIONAL RULE OF 1968
“Ever since the end of the Second Vatican Council, it has been the desire of the Society to call itself into question by a loyal examination of its own life. It wishes to remain faithful to the sense of rule and tradition, and at the same time to make explicit its adaptation to the modern world.”
- International President
WOMEN IN THE SOCIETY
1973 - 2003
Most current Vincentians joined during this period
The new Rule in 2006 has three parts: more descriptive, more spiritual and more clear on difficult issues:
2. International Operations
(How we work together nationally)
3. National Applications
(Developed by each country – approved by international)
PART THREE of the Rule
- Conference/Councils and their Work
- Governance and Management
Personal Service To The Needy In Their Homes
“You will find that charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the bowl of soup and the full basket. But you will keep you gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give bread or soup. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor…They are your master, and the more difficult they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is for your love alone that the poor will forgive the bread you give them.”
Serving in hope
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
58 Progress Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63043-3706
Phone: 314 -576-3993
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: www.svdpusa.org and www.svdpusa.net