Mother & Toddler
St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)
The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a French lawyer, who chose St Vincent de Paul as its patron. As an international lay Christian organisation, SVP works in over 140 countries with the needy, disadvantaged and marginalised.
The first meeting of a SVP conference in England was in 1844. The St John Vianney SVP group was formed in December 2013. Locally, it has contacts with other SVP conferences in Coventry, Nuneaton, Warwick, Leamington, Solihull and Stratford, and regionally in Birmingham. Our parish conference has 14 members at present, meet once a month to discuss, organise and develop their work. Meetings last about 60 minutes and Fr Jonathan usually attends.
The motto of the SVP is 'Turning Concern into Action' and so our members currently visit 32 people in the parish, including some in St Jude's Care Home and Allesley Hall Home. Our priority is to ensure that their link with the parish is maintained so they do not feel forgotten. The range of people we encounter often involves the housebound, the lonely, people suffering from dementia, those who feel they lack any purpose in life, heads of a one-parent families, the unemployed and more. Our SVP has helped with the arrangement of masses for the sick and tea parties afterwards in the church hall. It has also been involved in the collection of clothes and food and the staffing of the Coventry 'Night Shelter' scheme for the homeless at St Oswald's in Jardine Crescent.
Membership is open to all lay Christians, men and women, young and old. If you are interested in finding out more or in becoming a member you are welcome to contact us.
Contact: Patrick Daly (President)
Tel. : (024) 7501 4177
When: Once per month on Thursdays at 6.30pm