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Member Conferences

A blue and white flyer which reads, "You Are Needed." An image of St. Vincent de Paul pointing to the reader with the SVdP blue logo contains the bulk of the image.No act of charity will be foreign to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. A global Catholic lay organization, members serve in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Since 1833, members across the world, who are known as Vincentians, have witnessed God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of goodwill in relieving needs and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served.

Consider becoming a St. Vincent de Paul Member:

Each year in Dane County, about 400 Vincentians dedicate 10,000+ hours toward helping our neighbors in need. These Vincentians conduct hundreds of home visits with people who seek the Society’s assistance. Members also volunteer at our food pantry and in our other programs of service, and they work on special charity projects in their parishes and neighborhoods. A county-wide Youth Service Council of high-school-age members also helps out with special charitable projects.

Based in Catholic parishes, Vincentians gather together in groups called Conferences which focus on spirituality, fellowship and works of charity. When people in need of help call out, Vincentians meet with them, determine their needs, and do what they can to assist.

If you may be interested in becoming a Vincentian, please contact Membership Director Gayle Westfahl by calling (608) 442-7200, x35, or through email at

Parishes in Dane County which hosts St. Vincent de Paul Conferences:


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