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St. Brendan Church
Catholic Diocese of Providence
in Riverside, Rhode Island, USA

Saint Vincent DePaul Ministries

"Whatsoever you do to these least of my brothers, you do unto me"

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St. Brendan Conference - St. Vincent de Paul – is a parish group which responds to Christ’s call to serve those in need. The Society is supported by the generous donations of its parishioners. 

Through confidential home visits, priority is given to preserving the dignity of those who are served. All requests are considered regardless of religious affiliation.  Clients are given rental assistance, help with utility bills, etc. and referrals to help them with their situations.  In addition to home visits, the St. Brendan Conference - SVDP does other special works in support of the poor and lonely of the area, such as the Giving Tree, Thanksgiving baskets, Stone Soup luncheon and other projects of a general nature.  SVDP is here to serve our neighbors in East Providence!

A little background … The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is one of the largest and oldest Catholic lay organizations in the world.  Its mission is as follows:

“Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul… leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering.  All in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul.”

The Society was founded in 1833 in Paris, France on a college campus by Frederic.  It quickly spread to the United States, where it was first established in St. Louis, MO.  In Rhode Island, we have been incorporated since 1888.  At St. Brendan, the conference was founded in 1998 and exists solely due to the support of its parishioners and its pastor.  

Today, the Society is in more than 140 countries around the world.  Last year (2009), the Society in the U.S. alone helped over 14.5 million people and the total value of services to those in need was over $500 million.  You may wonder about Rhode Island’s service to our brothers and sisters in need.  Last year in RI, the Society helped over 83,000 people and the total value of goods and services topped $3 million.  The Society’s record is remarkable.  Conferences work with each other and sometimes “twin” monies as needed to help with need that exceed resources available on a local level.   As mentioned previously, those who are helped can be of any religious denomination. St. Brendan’s conference covers all of East Providence in its “reach’.  

In offering the home visit, Vincentians “see the face of Christ in those we serve”.