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The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) is an international Catholic Organization of lay persons who wish to live their faith by loving and serving the poor and needy, on a person-to-person basis, in the spirit of Christ.



The St. Vincent de Paul Society seeks to put the Gospel in action:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

A key strength of the Society is in the personalized delivery of help.  The Society recognizes that it must assume a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless and voiceless.  An essential aspect of the Society is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the privacy and dignity of those that are served.  Members of the Society assist the pastor in responding to requests for assistance.  Members can also be involved in other services in the parish or county; for example, visiting the home bound, taking Communion to patients at Calvert Memorial Hospital or residents at Calvert County Nursing Home.  Belonging to the Society gives all people an opportunity to participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by “ministering to the sick and elderly, by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and hospitably reaching out to others.”

For more information on the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society – known as the St. Katherine Drexel Conference – or to find out about upcoming meetings, please contact the president of the Society, Kim Swann at 410-414-2517.


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