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Q. What is "twinning"?

A. In keeping with the vision of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam to create a network of charity, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul sponsors a program called "Twinning." Twinning is a process whereby Councils or Conferences of the Society assist other Councils and/or Conferences that lack the resources to conduct their works of mercy. Twinning is conducted both domestically and internationally.

Twinning is the building of a relationship of mutual love, respect, prayer, and sharing between two groups of people who choose to relate to each other as brothers and sisters. When we choose to Twin with another Conference, we no longer desire to think only of the needs of our own Conference but also of the greater needs of another Conference.

Our Twinning Mission to is to build the Kingdom of God whenever and wherever we are called, to make Christ visible through our spirituality and good works to the poor and needy not only in the United States but also throughout the world. There are 690 Conferences involved in International Twinning. For more information regarding domestic or foreign Twinning, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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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.