The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s mission statement is, “A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.” The St. Matthew Conference of the Society is made up of men and women of all ages and backgrounds working together to help each other and those neighbors whom they serve.
In the St. Matthew Conference, we meet on the first and third Monday of each month to pray together, to learn together and to make decisions about what to do for those neighbors who ask for help. Members of the Society visit with those who call for assistance to assess their needs, help them with immediate issues and provide them with information about other resources that may be available.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul differs from other charitable associations or agencies in that it is the principal objective to grow in holiness and friendship together through the works that they do. We provide assistance with rent, utilities, food, car repairs, home cleaning, and much more.
At St. Matthew, the Society raises money through the “Poor Box” in the chapel beneath the St. Joseph statue and through Community Sunday donations. St. Matthew parishioners have been very generous and it is greatly appreciated. In 2019, the Society also raised funds through its Friends of the Poor Walk/Run. The event was a success and will become an annual event.
The goals of the Conference are to follow in the footsteps of the founder of the Society, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, to meet the immediate needs of those who need help and work toward systemic change to build a more just world.