Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Who are we?
A group of people who are inspired by Gospel values and nourished by prayer. From the beginning in Paris in 1833, the Society has always been a lay Catholic organization. It has grown to be an international community of lay men and women.


Its goal is to nurture spirituality among its members and to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. The members belong to conferences which are arranged in geographical boundaries usually within a parish. The members are called Vincetians and follow a rule set out by the founders of the Society. Members are strongly encouraged to attend a weekly meeting in order to foster spiritual growth and fellowship within the membership. St. James the Apostle Parish has had an active St. Vincent de Paul Society since 1993.
We seek to assist the poor however defined. We assist all the people within our parish boundaries regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions. Vincentians serve in hope to help families become self sufficient and to alleviate their burdens.
St. James conference has about 30 active members and several associate members working in our office helping people with food, shelter, clothing, furniture, transportation, financial, and spiritual needs.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. James meets every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for prayer and a short meeting. The Society is moving to offices at St. James back parking lot.
Our office is open for our friends in need every Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and on Tuesday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. During these hours we provide time for those in need to talk to an interviewer and seek help for their immediate needs. We also provide groceries for a few days to aid a family on a once a month basis. We also guide the needy to other area and governmental agencies for assistance.
We listen to those in need with Christian compassion, knowing how hard it can be to ask for help.
If this sounds interesting to you, please join us for one of our meetings and see if it is where God is calling you!