“What do you do besides talk to prove the faith you claim is in you?”
This question inspired Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, at the young age of 20, to put his faith to action and change the world. As a law student at the Sorbonne in France in 1833, Ozanam founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a “conference of charity” to assist the poor.
Today, the Society is the world’s largest social assistance organization, with operations in over 140 countries, including 142 parish-based conferences (chapters) right here at home in St. Louis.
As a young adult, there are many opportunities to make a meaningful impact in your community and connect with other young adults through service to your neighbors in need.
- To learn more about making home visits and working with those in need in your community, call 314.881.6000.
- To learn more about volunteering at one of our thrift stores, call 314.881.6000.
- The Society's Vincentian volunteers serve as second responders after disasters such as fires and floods, helping victims rebuild their lives. When a disaster hits, more volunteers are needed to meet with victims and provide help. To learn more, call 314.881.6000.
- To learn more about volunteering at a food pantry, our annual Walk for the Poor fundraiser or other special events, call 314.881.6000.
"After finishing up my graduate degree, my nights and weekends were suddenly wide open. I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to give this newfound time back to the Lord. I saw my parish's St. Vincent de Paul posts in the bulletin one Sunday and watched the video on their website. I was drawn to the personal connection that's made with the poor during home visits and knew it was for me.
I want to get close to my neighbors in need just as our Lord got close with the downtrodden during his time on earth. They may be getting some temporal assistance but what they provide to me is eternal; teaching me patience, understanding, and compassion. I am honored to be a Vincentian."
-Zac Hoffman, 26, Vincentian volunteer at St. James the Greater conference