Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by the vision of St. Vincent de Paul to see Christ in the eyes of the Poor.
Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More Conference
   We are members of one of the largest Catholic lay organizations in the world.
    Vincentians realize that many seeking our help are just like us, but due to bad luck that any one of us are vulnerable to, they are now in desperate need of help. A common example is the person who has worked hard their entire life, providing well for the family, but is now suddenly disabled and can no longer work. Their income is now zero, and until they qualify for government assistance they have no income, but the heating, rent, and food bills do not stop coming.

Family home visits have always been the fundamental activity of Vincentians. Our goal is to personally meet the family seeking help, get to know them and understand their situation, determine the best way we can help, and remain in contact with the family throughout their crisis, continuing to help where possible.

To respect the wishes of those who donate to us in support of our works, we do our best to verify the legitimacy of our clients' claims of need before providing any financial assistance.

Volunteers are needed to work in pairs visiting our neighbors in their homes. Home visit teams are made up of Active Members who attend monthly meetings and agree to keep home visit information confidential.

The Ozanam Orientation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is offered periodically either in Tallahassee or Pensacola. And home visit training is provided by pairing new home visit volunteers with a seasoned team member.

We find that we all learn something new with every opportunity to make a home visit and are able to share our individual insights at conference meetings to everyone's benefit.

Consider becoming a home visit volunteer and part of the core mission of our lay apostolate.

STM Conference Meetings:
Our Conference meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month @6pm in an upstairs religious education classroom at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More Parish Center.

Contact Joe O'Neil for more information:
(850) 509-2086   
Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul - from Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Church must go out into the streets

€œI prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures.

If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.

More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which would make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: €œGive them something to eat€ (Mk 6:37). (49)

See "The 21 Most Important Quotes from Pope Francis' Sweeping Apostolic Exhortation 'Evangelii Gaudium'"

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    Casa Calderon Spring 2016 Party
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    Friends of the Poor Walk 2009
    St. Louis Conference coordinated the walk joining with STM Conference to raise funds for the poor in our area.
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    Long Sleeve Shirt Collection Drive 2014
    Lucia Esquivel, Migrant Services Coordinator, picks up shirts donated by our Parishioners. Lucia is pictured with her Mom and daughter.
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    Casa Calderon Spring 2016 Party
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    Friends of the Poor (FOP) Walk 2009
    Our Friends of the Poor Walk 2009 at FSUHS track. Members of the St. Louis Conference and our STM Conference joined volunteers to walk or run to raise money for the Society.
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    Casa Calderon Spring 2016 Party
    Our STM Conference hosted a cake and ice cream party for our neighbors at Casa Calderon. Joe O'Neil arrange for musical entertainment by
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    Casa Calderon Spring 2016 Party
    Reina offering seconds to residents.
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    Feeding the Homeless
    Group shot of members and our wonderful volunteers who helped us make 400 ham sandwiches for Shelter residents' lunch each month from 2010 until 2014.
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    Our Spring Casa Good Neighbor Party
    Joe O'Neil and Reiana share a laugh at a recent outreach event at Casa Calderon.
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    Our Spring 2016 Casa Good Neighbor Party
    Wayne Evans serving our neighbors at the Spring Casa Calderon party.
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