Society of St. Vincent de Paul of New Orleans
Welcome to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Archdiocesan Council of New Orleans. We actively strive to help fulfill the needs of the impoverished within the metropolitan New Orleans area, and the surrounding communities; and have done so since 1865. Through our Special Works, and various conferences, we are here to aid the most vulnerable members of our community; by giving a hand up and not a hand out.
The life of St.Vincent de Paul
Vincent was born at Pouy in Gascony, in the south of France, in 1580 or 1581, the third child in a family of four sons and two daughters. His family was a solid peasant family capable of making ends meet only through hard work and frugality. His father encouraged and helped him toward the priesthood, to which he was ordained on September 23, 1600, at the age of nineteen or twenty. Among his chief reasons for becoming a priest was his desire to get an office in the Church from which he could obtain enough money to retire early, return home, and provide for his family.
His early hopes for advancement came to nothing (two trips to Rome, promises of a bishopric, money from a will). In 1608, Vincent moved to Paris, where he came under the influence of Father (later Cardinal) Pierre de Bérulle, whom he took as his spiritual director, and Father André Duval, a professor of the Sorbonne, who was to be his "wise man" for the next three decades. This marked a turning point in Vincent's spiritual journey: ambition was receding, and attention to God and vocation were advancing.
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From the Annual Fundraising Gala, to our Friends of the Poor Walk, to the GiveNOLA and Giving Tuesday fundraising events, We THANK YOU for choosing the
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