SOCIETY OF THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL
SAINT PATRICK'S CONFERENCE CONFIDENTIAL CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 075 1820 8132
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a very active conference operating within the parish of Claudy.
As well as visiting people in their homes, the members visit those from the community in residential care or long-stay hospitalisation, and annually organise a summer outing and Christmas party for the older members of the community.
Weekly collections give people the opportunity to contribute to the funds of their local Conference, which are used to help those in need, while donated items of clothing or furniture are distributed when required.
At Christmas, Conference members also distribute donated hampers to those in need throughout the parish.
The St Patrick’s Conference is twinned with a branch of the Society in Ghana, as part of the overseas aid project.
The aim of the Society is to bring social justice and friendship of true charity to all those in need.
Founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam in answer to the challenge for Christians to ‘Practice What They Preach’, the Society encouraged members to seek out and visit the poor, bringing food, clothing, friendship and concern, and this direct style of person-to-person contact with those in need has remained a hallmark of the Society.
It takes its name from its patron, Saint Vincent dePaul, the great French priest who alerted the world to social problems, and the society is now represented in over 100 countries throughout the world.
Whether the problems encountered are sickness or disability, mental or physical, family problems, social or economic, the loneliness of old age, the alcoholic, the drug addict, the social misfit, the homeless…the Society of Saint Vincent dePaul is there to help.