Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Did you know ….

Bl Frederic Ozanam

Blessed Frederic Ozanam(1813 – 1853) founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Frederic was a husband and father, professor and servant of the poor. He founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in 1833 as a young student with others of the Sorbonne in Paris. Sister Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity, is considered a mentor of Frederic and of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as she taught the first members the art of helping the poor and the sick. Frederic’s writings on social justice anticipated the first social encyclical of our modern times, Rerum Novarum.

News and Upcoming Events

Our next meeting is on Tuesday August 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Delaney Hall; new members or interested parties are always welcome to join us.

“Our Faith in Action” Movie now available
for online viewing and download

The spirit and charism of a 400-year old French saint lives on through the examples of charity by nearly 100,000 dedicated men and women of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The feature-length presentation “Our Faith in Action” tells the spiritually uplifting, personal stories of our Vincentian members in direct service with people in need across the country.

If you missed the movie or loved what you saw and want to see more stories of Vincentians across the country helping their neighbors in need, you can!  The movie is available for viewing on the SVdP YouTube page and can be accessed by clicking here:The movie is also available with Spanish subtitles; to view please click the link below:


The entire movie can be downloaded by clicking here:

If you wish to to contribute to our work by a check, please make it out to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and mail it to the Society at P.O. Box 879, Ocean View, DE 19970. Alternatively, you may use one of the special St. Vincent envelopes (with the tan stripe), now available at the entrance to Church or in your bimonthly parish envelope package; and drop that envelope in any collection basket.

If you, or someone you know, needs help with food, please visit the food pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Thursday mornings between 8:30 and 10:30 AM; except for the second Thursday of each month when the pantry will be closed in the morning, but will open from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Those who are seeking other services or assistance are welcome to present those needs at the pantry at that time, or they may simply call our hotline at (302) 236-9279.

Thanks to all of our parishioners and other contributors who enable our outreach!!


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization dedicated to serving the poor and suffering.  Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians” ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need.

The full mission statement of the St. Ann Conference can be read here:
Mission statement

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians”) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need.  The St. Ann Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves its neighbors of any denomination or faith background who live within the boundaries of the parish and who are in need of assistance.  We provide financial, spiritual, and physical support to those neighbors in need, including home visits, a food pantry, and assistance with the costs of utilities, rent, or medicine whenever appropriate.

Please consider getting involved with the St. Ann Conference in Bethany Beach! Contact our support number at (302) 236-9279 for additional information or feel free to visit us at one of our meetings in Delaney Hall on the second Tuesday (9:30 AM) or the fourth Tuesday (3:30 PM) of each month.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVdP) was founded in Paris by a group of  dedicated students; their leader Frederic Ozanam was beatified in 1997. The Society and each of its Conferences operate under the guidance of a Rule, which sets out its organization and mission.  The first rule was authored in 1835 and has had numerous revisions over the years, the latest occurring in 2004.

The latest version of the

may be browsed here:

or downloaded here:





National Council of the United States
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Wilmington Council
St. Ann Council Members Page


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