The Society's Mission

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. 

Our History

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The Beginnings of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Frédéric Ozanam left his home in Lyon, France, in the autumn of 1831, for Paris.  He registered in the School of Law at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. Frédéric collaborated with Mr. Emmanuel Bailly, editor of the Tribune Catholique, in reviving a student organization which had been suspended during the revolutionary activity of July 1830. They called their new association "The Conference of History." The group met on Saturdays to discuss various topics, everything but politics.  At one of their meetings, a student challenged Frédéric and the practicing Catholics. He admitted that the Catholic Church had done much good work in the past, but "what do you do now?" Frédéric called for a meeting of five of his friends; they agreed to meet at Mr. Bailly's office. The date was April 23, 1833, Frédéric's twentieth birthday. Inspired by their words, Frédéric decided to found the "Conference of Charity" to assist the poor. Emmanuel Bailly, the married layman, was chosen by the six students as their first President. In a short time, they changed their name to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in honor of their patron.  

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States

While historians are not certain about some details, there is no doubt that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established in St. Louis, Missouri at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, popularly called "The Old Cathedral," in 1845. Father John Timon, CM, an American Vincentian priest from Pennsylvania, and later Bishop of Buffalo, New York, was the one who brought copies of the Rule of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul back from Dublin, Ireland, to St. Louis. Timon talked to various people about the Society and its wonderful work with the poor. Bishop Peter Richard Kenrick, successor of the first Bishop of St. Louis, Joseph Rosati, CM, asked Father Ambrose Heim to establish the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and be its Spiritual Advisor. Father Heim was known by all for his extraordinary zeal and ministry with the poor. He became known as "The Priest of the Poor." The first meeting of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States was held on November 20, 1845, only twelve years after its foundation in Paris. Nineteen of the most prominent Catholic laymen of St. Louis attended. Dr. Moses Linton was elected President, Bryan Mullanphy, Vice President, Dennis Galvin, Second Vice President, James Maguire Jr., Secretary, Patrick Ryder, Treasurer, and Fr. Ambrose Heim, Spiritual Advisor. The Conference was aggregated (formally recognized) by the Society's International Council in Paris on February 2, 1846.

Our Partners

Archdiocese of Anchorage

225 Cordova Street

Anchorage, AK 99501

https://www.archdioceseofanchorage.org


Holy Family Cathedral

800 W 5th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99501

http://holyfamilycathedral.org

National SVDP Council

58 Progress Parkway

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

https://www.svdpusa.org/

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

2901 East Huffman Road

Anchorage, AK 99516

http://www.akseas.net/


Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral

3900 Wisconsin Street

Anchorage, AK 99517

http://olgakcocathedral.org/

St. Patrick's Church

2111 Muldoon Road

Anchorage, AK 99504

http://www.st.patsak.org/

Conference Leadership

President

Richard Whitney

president@svdpanchorage.com

Vice-President

Regan Biegal

vice-president@svdpanchorage.com

Treasurer

Magdalena Cwik

treasurer@svdpanchorage.com

Secretary

Cesar Martinson

secretary@svdpanchorage.com

Spiritual Advisors

  • Fr. Andrew Bellisario, C.M.
  • Sr. Mary-Peter Diaz, DC.

Board of Directors

  • Kerry Whitney
  • Glen Biegal
  • Catherine Neumayr
  • Fr. Patrick Brosamer
  • Alexandra Lorian