The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary’s Parish
Most Holy Redeemer Conference
General: The Society is a charity. The Society has been Catholic from its origins. It remains an international Catholic voluntary organizational of lay people, men and women. Work consists entirely of aiding the poor and suffering, no form of charity is foreign to us. Examples include assistance paying to restore electricity, avoiding eviction in special circumstances, recovery house expenses for those leaving drug or alcohol rehabilitation when all money is gone and no family assistance is forthcoming. Other examples include help with food, medicine, work-related transportation, tuition, and in some cases funerals.
The Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Employer ID 52-2181931), signifying that it is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Maryland as exempt from income tax. We receive funds from direct donations, a portion of the poor box collection at St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Church, and from a special appeal at Thanksgiving and Christmas to support the Holiday Sharing Program.
Mission: Inspired by Gospel values, the SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
Current membership: Nearly seventy St. Mary’s Parishioners. These parishioners known as Vincentians comprise the Conference which was first founded in 1971 and was officially “Aggregated”/named by International headquarters in Paris as the Most Holy Redeemer Conference in 2010.
Vincentian Vocation: The vocation of the Society’s members is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. Vincentians serve in hope.