Vincentian Evangelization—A Best-kept Secret?

Vincentian Evangelization—A Best-kept Secret? 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Have you noticed, as I have, so many new programs in our churches that promise to help parishioners grow in faith and share faith more easily as we try to “Unleash the Gospel?”

Guess what? Dedicated Vincentians and effective SVDP Conferences are perhaps “the best” evangelizers the church can have! If we, Vincentians, take seriously the three primary tenets of our Society: to grow in holiness, to do this with a community of Vincentian friends, and then to reach out in service to our most vulnerable neighbors, we are evangelizing.

We, who are praying and learning better the ways of Jesus and the gospel of compassion, strive to accompany the most disenfranchised, the needy, the folks frightened in their burdens of poverty. We meet them, not as clients or consumers, but as valued neighbors as we strive to accompany them in situations that need our mercy and attention.

Just to listen, to try to understand and articulate what we think we are understanding is truly a Christ-like gift. To give our undivided attention and to be with people in the places where they live is truly a gift. Think of Jesus, He paid attention and usually responded with questions or parables that helped those who came to Him to understand or “see the light,” the answer. He didn’t give material help, but people were changed by His presence.

Vincentians need to let our neighbors know that we are with them because we are followers of Jesus and many other believers help us with their time, goods and donations so that we can give help in difficult situations when that is possible. We pray with them and invite them to pray with us for their needs and possible solutions that provide encouragement and hope. Even when our neighbors’ needs are very complex and God-sized, we want them to feel valued for having been with us as Jesus’ disciples, taking them into our hearts and into our prayer.

For ways to meet our spiritual and friendship challenges more effectively, try to participate in the various offerings that our Central Office and their volunteer formation teams provide: a renewed Ozanam Orientation, a Spiritual Advisor Workshop, the Annual Meeting, the Evening of Reflection, and others.

May the Spirit of Jesus lead us into a happy, growthful New Year 2019. I pray for this and for you.

Sister Noreen Ellison, SC

Lifting our Blessings – Sister Noreen

Lifting our Blessings – Sister Noreen 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

In this season as our nation celebrates a special time of Thanksgiving, let us, Vincentians, pray in thanksgiving for one another and for the time, talent and treasures so freely given.

Let us intentionally lift up all Vincentians who do the Mission and ministry of the SVDP Society. There is much written in our Rule about Servant Leadership. I am truly inspired by all of you who give wonderful evidence of what “servant leadership” truly is!

Our Rule 1.12 also tells us to” never forget the many blessings we receive from those we visit…remembering that the fruits of our labor spring not from ourselves, but from God and from the poor we serve.”

As we pray, let us remember to lift in prayer our own brokenness and need for God’s grace, seeking God’s glory and not our own, all the while having hearts full of thanksgiving.

Sister Noreen Ellison, SC
Associate Spiritual Advisor

28th Annual Awards Banquet is April 24th!

28th Annual Awards Banquet is April 24th! 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Join us for the 28th Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 24th at Laurel Manor in Livonia.  This annual event honors our Vincentians for their dedication and service to St. Vincent de Paul and those in need in our community.  Join us for Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Tickets are available by calling Beth at 313.393.2695.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors of this event:

Christian Financial Credit Union

St. John Providence

Frank Morelli

Beth Brazier-Rydesky

Office Express

St. Vincent de Paul Hosts Dinner Party for Jason Complex Fire Victims

St. Vincent de Paul Hosts Dinner Party for Jason Complex Fire Victims 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit


The victims of the Jason Manor apartment fire joined together Saturday evening.  The families enjoyed dinner, conversation and gifts provided by St. Vincent de Paul at St. Charles Lawanga in Detroit.  This is the first time many of the fire victims were together in one location.  

St. Vincent de Paul continues to work with the victims to ensure their needs are met. Donations are still being accepted for the fire victims by calling 1-888-ST VINCE or online at  https://donate.svdpdet.org/

Thank you for helping your neighbors in need!

Archbishop Vigneron begins Lent Serving at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen

Archbishop Vigneron begins Lent Serving at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit


Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will be at St. Vincent de Paul’s Matchan Nutrition Center in Pontiac on March 4th (the day before Ash Wednesday) from noon to 1 pm to serve food to the poor and start the season of Lent by providing a witness of caring and doing good deeds.

The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Matchan Nutrition Center is to serve hot, well-balanced nutritious meals to our neighbors in need, and to provide other life changing social services leading to self-sufficiency.  For over 125 years, St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) has provided vital services in Southeast Michigan, including food, shelter, medical and dental care, utility assistance, disaster relief and emergency support. Additionally, SVdP operates 12 thrift stores throughout the community and provides outreach programs to the youth and elderly including Camp Ozanam and the Matchan Nutrition Center.  SVdP assists nearly 200,000 households annually. To learn more, call 877 ST VINCE (877)788-4623 or visit svdpdetroit.org. 


Pope Francis to Launch Global Campaign to Combat Hunger

Pope Francis to Launch Global Campaign to Combat Hunger 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

On December 10, Pope Francis will call on Catholic organizations and individuals around the world to join One Human Family, Food for All, a global Catholic campaign to combat hunger.


In solidarity with this campaign Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) and SVdP Detroit encourage members of all Faith Committees in Southeast Michigan, and around the world, to participate in a worldwide “wave of prayer,” joining brothers and sisters in faith to pray at noon in each time zone around the globe.

Feast of Blessed Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853)

Feast of Blessed Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853) 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Today is the feast of Blessed Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853) one of the founders of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Husband, father, scholar, teacher, defender of the rights and dignity of those in need and most of all, friend; his personal motto was, “To lead a better life and to do a little good.”



Spiritual Advisers / Presidents Retreat and Workshop

Spiritual Advisers / Presidents Retreat and Workshop 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Upcoming Spiritual Advisers / Presidents Retreat and Workshops.Flier for Octber Nov and Dec 2013-page-001small

For:            Spiritual Advisors / Presidents Retreat/ Workshop

When:       Saturday, October 5, 2013

Where:      Guardian Angel, 581 E. 14 Mile, Clawson, MI 48017


When:       Saturday, November 16, 2013

Where:      To be announced


When:        Saturday, December 7, 2013

Where:      To be announced


Time:          9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Continental Breakfast Available until (9:20 a.m.)

Register: by calling Helena at 313-393-2926 or  
e-mail Sister Caroline Clark at   cclark@svdpdetroit.org

All new Spiritual Advisers  all those interested in becoming one in the future and those who did never attended this workshop should attend one of the above dates. Conference Presidents are strongly encouraged to attend so as to be familiar with the responsibility of their Spiritual Adviser.

2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

SVdP Detroit would like to share some of the good works we were able to provide through the generous donations of the community, and the hard work of our Vincentians. Please take a few minutes to look through our Annual Report for 2012.



When times are hard it is not always eas

When times are hard it is not always eas 150 150 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

When times are hard it is not always easy to be Selfless, but the rewards are great. HELP SOMEONE TODAY IT CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!