The mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is “to serve in Hope” by having person to person contact with the poor. As stated in our rule book; “Vincentians strive to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity.”
This implies that as Vincentians we
- see Christ in anyone who suffers
- come together as a family
- have personal contact with the poor
- help in all possible ways
It is easy for us to see and understand poverty when we see the devastation in the poorer countries around the world. However, many Islanders do not recognize that there are many individuals and families in our own community who struggle daily to put food on the table and often live in inadequate housing. Low wages & inadequate fixed income, high energy cost, medical and transportation costs, back to school necessities, and loss of wages due to illness or family crisis all play havoc on family’s’ ability to meet basic needs. Our members do their very best to distribute money donated by parishioners wisely and where most needed. Our parishioners show strong support of our work through their generous financial contributions.
As well as the financial help we give we are also helping to build relationships of hope to those who are burdened. Our members serve in many other ways through visitation at nursing homes, advocating for justice and equality, networking with schools and other organizations to provide help as needed.
By sharing and treating others with love, compassion, and justice we are putting our faith into action. “Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18