In 1833, a 20-year-old college student and his friends began serving the poor in Paris, France. They used as their model of charity a priest from the 1600s named Vincent, who was canonized in 1737. This was the beginning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Today, there are more than 777,000 members serving in 149 countries around the globe. The first presence of the Society in the Galveston-Houston area was in 1871 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston.
Today, there are 58 Conferences in the Galveston-Houston Council with more than 1,900 members growing spiritually through friendship and service to those in need.
My daughters and I volunteer every week at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Tomball. My husband and I donate money to the pantry every month. If you’d also like to help in a small way, and don’t want your dollar or two of change, feel free to “donate your change to charity” when you pick up your bread order and pay cash. Sweet Sourdough will round it up and bring the collection with us on Thursdays.
For more information on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, go to https://www.svdphouston.org/