HISTORY

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 by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. The amazing growth of the Vincentian Family is due to the attractiveness of the charisms of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, Bl. Frederic Ozanam, and Bl. Rosalie Rendu, whose spirit and spirituality appeal to the human heart.

St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), known as the “The Apostle of Charity” and “Father of the Poor,” trained priests and organized parish missions and other services for the poor, thus shaping our Church’s role in the modern world.

St. Louise de Marillac (1591 – 1660) collaborated with Vincent to found the Daughters of Charity and organize hospitals for the sick and poor, asylums for the orphaned, and workshops for the unemployed. She championed literacy for the uneducated and established standards for local charities.

Blessed Frederic Ozanam (1813 – 1853) and other young students of the Sorbonne (University of Paris) founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France in honor of their patron saint.

Sister Rosalie Rendu (1786 – 1856), a Daughter of Charity and mentor of Frederic and the Society, taught the first members the art of helping the poor and the sick. Sending them on home visits, she formed them in the spirit of St. Vincent, teaching them how to serve the poor with respect and compassion.

Blessed Frederic saw the Society established in many countries, including the United States, Canada and Mexico. Members of the Society, Vincentians, went two by two to the homes of the poor to respond to their needs.

St. Dorothea Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Inc. was established in 2008 to take responsibility for answering calls for assistance from families in Eatontown, NJ and the surrounding area.

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