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Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually, and to offer person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
With the leadership and support of Fr. Mark Innocenti and Bishop Patrick Neary, Saint Andrew Parish has its own Conference officially established on July 11, 2023. The Conference is part of the larger St. Paul/Minneapolis Diocesan Council and this staff was instrumental in helping us to get established. The reason we are part of the Archdiocesan Council is because there is no Council in the St. Cloud Diocese as we are the first parish to establish a conference. The formal kick-off weekend is October 14-15, 2023.
Pictured below are members of the St. Andrew Conference (left to right): Cyndy M., Teresa M., Doug A., Darlene G., Linda A., Mark G., Tony W., Martha G., Kay E., and Darwin E. Not pictured: John R. and Jeanne W.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
First and foremost, we need more Vincentians—men and women trained to conduct home visits with neighbors in need, advocate for their needs, and communicate and pray with them. We also need associate members who can help with specific needs and projects.
To make a monetary donation to support our mission, leave a clearly marked donation envelope at the parish office or in the collection basket at Mass. You can also donate online!