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Introduction:

In the year 1833, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a French youth aged twenty, studying Law in Paris, France, along with Mr. Emmanuel Bailly, Editor of the Tribune Catholique, started a society to serve the poor and named it after its Patron, St. Vincent De Paul, the great Apostle of charity, who lived in the 17th century in France. Frederic and his companions were influenced and guided by Blessed Sr. Rosalie Rendu, Daughters of Charity, in forming this society. The main objective of this society was, and still is, to spread Christ’s message of love and compassion through service to the poor and the suffering. Mr. Emmanuel Bailly was the first President of the society.

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul gradually expanded its operations outside Paris in the mid 19th century and now it is spread throughout the world. It is an international, voluntary, fraternal and charitable organization of lay Catholic people, both men and women. Today the Society has over 800,000 members in over 140 countries world-wide.

Society of Vincent De Paul came to India in 1863, when an Area Council was instituted in Bombay (now Mumbai) by the International Council General of the Society. The Society has a four-tier structure, namely: The Conference (at parish level), The Area Council (at area level consisting of a few conferences), The Central Council (at diocesan or state level) and The National Council.

SSVP Activities at our Parish:

The Vincent De Paul Conference at our parish was started in the year 2009, by Mr. Victor Francis, along with seven other parishioners. Mr. Peter Alban D’Souza was the first President, and he recently relinquished his office after serving two terms. Mr. Victor Sequeira is the current President and our Conference has 12 members. We meet once a week on Sundays, at the parish house, after the 7 a.m. mass. We are proud to state that Mr. Victor Francis, our founding member, is now heading the Bangalore Central Council as its President and serving the diocese and helping the neighboring provinces.

There are currently 8 adopted families to whom we provide monthly ration and medicines. During the beginning of the academic year we disbursed Rs. 1,07,000/-as educational assistance to 42 students from poor families in our parish. One-time financial assistance was provided to 7 people to meet their medical expenses, 2 people to pursue professional education, and one person to start a small business. We are currently building a home for a poor family in our parish.

All these things are possible with the generous help of our parishioners/donors. We thank them for their generosity and pray for their intentions at our weekly meetings.