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St Vincent DePaul Society

St Vincent de Paul
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Blessed Frederic Ozanam

The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.


Vincent  de Paul  was born  in  1581 in  France  and  became a Priest  who  dedicated his life to serving the poor and disadvantaged in  Paris.  He  was canonised by Pope Leo  in  1837.

Frederic Ozanam  and his  six  friends founded the Conference of Charity in 1883 and took as their patron  St Vincent de Paul.   This Charity became known as the SVP.

Frederic  was beatified  by Pope John Paul   in  1997  but  has yet to become canonised.

The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1883. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.   


We have had a Conference of St Vincent de Paul in St Patrick's since 1894 

( click here to see  a copy of the letter authorising our Conference) 


During  the  last  year  we  have:


  • Visited   people  who  are  housebound  or  unwell.

  • Supported   people  who  are  in  desperate  need, including refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Collected food  to  support Food Banks

  • Given out  many  grocery  parcels  over   the  Christmas  period.

  • Supported  the  SVP  charity  shops  in  Barry  and Trowbridge.


For more information about the SVP, please see a member of the SVP after the 10am Mass on a Sunday.

If you think you would like to join the SVP, please see one of our members  and come along to one of our meetings.

Have a look at one of our magazines.  

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Several children in our school are 'Mini Vinnies'.  We will pray for them and hope that they will be inspired to continue the work of St Vincent well into their adult lives. 

Find out more about Mini Vinnies by visiting their website

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