St Vincent de Paul Society
History of the SVP
St John the
Evangelist SVP Conference was founded in 1996 and
has been active ever since, undertaking a range of
work both in the Parish and abroad. In the Parish we
visit people at home, in hospital and nursing homes.
We look into requests for visits or donations,
received from relatives concerned about the
welfare of people in our area.
During the year we have made approximately
250 visits to people who need our help and given
around 150 lifts to Church.
Abroad we sponsor student nurses in India,
the education of tsunami orphans in India, send
funds to the Sudan baby feeding centres, and from
funds provided by a secret donor we are providing
medical care for 50 people.
We are also joint sponsors in a scheme to
purchase oxen in India.
currently have eight members, three men and five
women. Full members attend fortnightly meetings and
undertake visits to those in need, of whatever
faith, or none.
We also have two auxiliary members who do not
attend meetings, but nevertheless provide invaluable
support to the conference. There are 9 drivers who
regularly help with lifts to Church.
Each member is committed to making regular
visits, with respect and discretion, seeking ways to
give practical help if needed. As voluntary members,
the time they give varies according to each
individual’s other personal commitments. The
president attends monthly meetings with other
conferences in the district and all members attend,
if possible, a Lenten Retreat.
Training is available for new members.
These last approximately one
hour starting with the Vincentian prayers. We read,
ponder and share our thoughts on the Gospel for the
Sunday. The Minutes of the previous meeting
are read and any matters arising are dealt with.
reported and recorded.
We search for further ways of finding people
ideas such as the Feed My Lamb Appeal are discussed
together with the reporting of information from the
Occasional correspondence from other
conferences is read and there follows a secret
collection before the closing prayers. And
throughout all this, a great deal of laughter and
The help we give,
however, never seems enough, never quite good
enough, soon enough or often enough, but we try.
New members of any
age are always welcome. Please contact the Parish
Co-ordinator Mary Hill via the parish office
Even if you have very little time to
give, it doesn’t matter. The love and friendship
which grows out of our meetings will empower you.
The Vincentian Prayer
Jesus, help us through meeting together to deepen
our Vincentian friendship and answer the call every
Christian receives to seek and find those who are
forgotten and to help bring your love to those who
are suffering or deprived.
Help us to be generous with
our time, our possessions and ourselves, so that we
may grow perfect in your love and learn to share
your Sacrifice for others in the Holy Eucharist.
You can also visit the
Society of St.
Vincent de Paul website.
here for other societies
and clubs in our
For further information on the
work of the SVP, please contact the Parish co-ordinator
Mary Hill via the parish office (01235 812338).