SVDP Memphis

Q. What are the core values of the society?

A. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul adheres to a group of core values; these are principles central to our creed and ministry.
We believe...

  • In the dignity of the human person
  • In the identification of Jesus with the poor
  • In the preferential option for the poor
  • That Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the poor
  • That growth in intimacy with Jesus is a lifelong process
  • That poverty of spirit is the primary beatitude
  • That our primary concern is charity and justice
  • That prayer is essential: personal and communal
  • In the virtue of humility: personal and corporate
  • In the virtue of charity, inside and outside the Society
  • In Divine Providence
  • In Friendship
  • In Community
  • In Simplicity
 

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The Society

The primary focus of The Society since 1865 has been the assistance of individuals that call for help. That help may include assistance with utility bills, food baskets, rent or mortgage assistance.  It could also include help paying medical bills and whatever else the person may need to get back on their feet.

In Brief

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul first arrived in Memphis in 1865. The first conference (or group of volunteers) gathered at St. Peter and Paul parish in downtown Memphis. Since then the Society has grown to ten conferences, with hundreds of Vincentians, as the members are called. That number does not include the scores of volunteers that work at the food mission.