History of Serving Those in Need
The Society of St Vincent de Paul was formed in Paris, France, in 1833 by six college students who were looking to live out the gospel message of taking care of His "least ones," as Jesus Himself spelled out in Matthew 25. The first Conference (parish-based group of members) was established in Philadelphia in 1851. Today, the Society has more than 40 Conferences in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, with over 600 active members, all helping the poor in their local communities.
St. Katherine of Siena Parish Conference
The Conference at St. Katherine of Siena has been actively helping our community since 2013. Conference members, “Vincentians”, meet regularly to create a sense of community as we serve our neighbors together.
Please contact us if:
- If you or someone you know needs assistance. We are happy to help!
- If you are interested in joining us. We are always looking for new members!
- Sunday, April 25, 2021 - Ozanam Sunday
- Saturday, May 1, 2021 - Spring Clothing Drive
- Saturday, September 25, 2021 – Annual Friends of the Poor Walk
- Saturday, October 2, 2021– Fall Clothing Drive
How does SVdP serve those in need?
We conduct home visits in teams of two, meeting with those who are in need in our parish area. These visits are the heart of how the Society engages with people in need, to hear their story and jointly determine how best to help them. All information is kept confidential. We have provided assistance to several families, in the form of food, utilities, in-kind service, as well as referrals to other social agencies and organizations.
Friends of the Poor Walk
In September 2020 we held our fifth annual Friends of the Poor Walk to raise funds for our client assistance and to raise awareness that the poor live among us. We scaled our Walk down because of Covid concerns in our two-mile walk to Fluehr Park and back. Many thanks for the support of the parishioners.
We have organized two clothing and household article drives each year, with proceeds going to help the Society’s families in need. With our new partner GreenDrop, we plan to conduct these drives each May and October in the church parking lot.
GreenDrop, partner to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia has partnered with GreenDrop to accept donations to benefit those in need in our area. To donate gently used clothing and household goods you can (1) contribute during our parish Clothing Drives, or (2) schedule a home pickup online or by phone:
President – Carmela Bonanno
Vice President – Ed McBlain
Vice President – Dan Coonan
Spiritual Advisor - Robert Hall
Treasurer - Marge Hall
Secretary – Helen Black
Meeting Schedule for 2021
We generally meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm via Zoom teleconference. Meeting in the SKS School Library will resume when conditions permit. Look for announcements in the Church Bulletin or contact us with any questions you have.