St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Francis Lutheran Church

St. Francis Lutheran Church may be the only Lutheran Church in the world with its own chapter of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

A mainly Roman Catholic institution, the St. Vincent De Paul Society is dedicated to hands-on work with the poor. Our chapter is responsible for our congregation's fundraising efforts on behalf of the poor as well as events where we serve food to all comers, from the annual Thanksgiving dinner to the 9:30 a.m. coffee hour for the neighborhood every Sunday morning.

The St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Francis Lutheran Church was founded on 15 March 1999.

The mission of the Society has always been to establish relationships of friendship among those who are destitute and to provide whatever help is needed. Motivation to do this hands-on ministry grows out of a discipline of prayer and reflection on the Scripture and mutual support from other Society members. SVDP Society chapters are led by lay people and are based in congregations, where they are called "Conferences."

At our first meeting, we met in the sanctuary under the Christ statue for a reflection on the parable of the Good Samaritan, using the structure of Lectio Divina. At St. Francis, the Society takes responsibility (but not perform all the work) for the many programs we currently do for those in need: Christmas Angels, the AIDS Walk, Thanksgiving Dinner, Hunger Coin Banks, etc.


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