St Vincent de Paul - A Brief History

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  St Vincent de Paul
  Born: 24 April 1581, in Pouy, (now Saint-Vincent-de-Paul), France
  Died: 27 September 1660, aged 79, in Paris, France
  Canonized 1737
  Feast Day 27 September



French saint, founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists, or Vincentians) for preaching missions to the peasantry and for educating and training a pastoral clergy. The patron saint of charitable societies, St Vincent de Paul is primarily recognized for his charity and compassion for the poor, though he is also known for his reform of the clergy and for his early role in opposing Jansenism.

Educated by the Franciscans at Dax, France, he was ordained in 1600 and graduated from the University of Toulouse in 1604. He was allegedly captured at sea by Barbary pirates and sold as a slave but eventually escaped. He spent a year in Rome to continue his studies and then went to Paris, where he remained permanently. He placed himself under the spiritual guidance of the celebrated cardinal Pierre de Bérulle, who entrusted him with the parish of Clichy.

After founding the Congregation of the Mission in 1625, Vincent de Paul established in and around Paris the Confraternities of Charity - associations of laywomen who visited, fed, and nursed the sick and the poor. The wealth of these women, many of noble family, aided him in establishing the foundling and other hospitals. With St Louise de Marillac he co-founded the Daughters of Charity (Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul) in 1633. The association was patterned after the Confraternities of Charity and was the first noncloistered religious institute of women devoted to active charitable works.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charitable organization dedicated to the service of the poor, was founded by Blessed Antoine Frédéric Ozanam in 1833.

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Saint Vincent de Paul Society members from the churches of 

St Chad's, Sedgley, and St Peter's, Lower Gornal, 

offer friendship, company and support.

We make regular visits to those living in their own homes, 

in residential care or in hospital.

If you or anyone you know may appreciate a visit

please contact any member below:


Sedgley SVP President

Vivian Clarke (St Chad's)



Sandra Oliver (St Chad's)


Glenis Slater (St Peter's)



Many thanks to all members for your continued support.


SVP National Contact Information

♦  SVP National Office Address  ♦
SVP Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road

Tel: 020 7703 3030
Registered Charity No: 1053992

♦  SVP Finance Office Address  ♦
Allenby House
Rees Way


Tel: 01274 513 045



St Chad and All Saints and

St Peter and the English Martyrs

SVP Conference

Annual Report 2018-2019



Number of people visited in their own homes  241

Number of people visited in residential/ care homes  43

Total Visits 284



Members Donations   £161.50

Donations from others   £351.00

Church Collections   £197.53

Money held for us by SVP National Society during  the  change - over of bank   £324.53

Money raised at coffee morning for SVP Young Vincentians Project   £170.00

Money raised at coffee morning for the Kerala Flood Appeal   £84.00

Money donated to us to support the Food  Bank  £25.00 

Total £1313.56



People we visit /those in need   £458.14

Donations to the Food Bank   £105.00

Masses stipends for the deceased members of the Parish   £90.00

Twinnage – supporting SVP Conferences in the Third World   £150.00

Support payments claimed by SVP National Society   £207.41

SVP South Sudan National  Appeal  £50.00

SVP National  Appeal  For Young Vincentians (raised by  a coffee morning)  £170.00

Fatima  House  Birmingham  £100.00

Support National Youth Conference  £50.00

Kerala Flood  Appeal  (raised by a coffee morning)  £84.00

Vinnie Packs to help local homeless people  £80.00

Support for work of local SVP conferences through the work of the District Council  £50.00

Purchase of official ID badges for members  £20.00

SVP Prayer Books   £10.50

Total £1625.05


St. Chad & All Saints and St. Peter & The English Martyrs  SVP Conference

The core work of the Society is giving friendship, help and support. We make regular visits to people who need company, those living in their own homes, in residential care or in hospital. You do not have to be housebound to receive visits. If you know of anyone who would appreciate a visit please get in touch with a member of our conference.

We visit on average twenty three people each month.

We collect and deliver parish donations to the food bank.

Distribute presents at Christmas and birthdays to those we visit.

Make regular financial donations to the food bank.

Provide transport to support the work of a Parish Eucharistic Minister.

Provide regular financial support to our twin in India.

Support national appeals.


The SVP Society

The SVP is an International Voluntary Organisation inspired by the life of St Vincent De Paul and following the example of our founder Blessed Frederick Ozanam. Every year some 9,600 volunteer members express their faith through acts of service and contact with those most vulnerable within our communities, supporting people of any faith and background who are sick, lonely or isolated.


SVP Members Offer


Kindness and courtesy.

Compassion and understanding.


Practical help and advice.


All our SVP conference members have enhanced DBS disclosure checks and carry SVP ID cards.

The President of Sedgley Conference Vivian Clarke and all the members would like to thank all those who have supported the SVP with donations during the past year.


Your SVP contacts are:-

Vivian Clarke 01902 897768
Denis Cody 01902 687638
Sandra Oliver 01384 274600
Barbara Presland 01902 250585
Jo Tinsley 01384 256673
Glenis Slater 01384 253512
Maureen Fletcher 01902 885753
Anne Pallett 01902 662851
Mary Burns 01902 682078