The year was 1833 and times were very difficult in Paris, France. There was a young, 20 year old college student named Frederic Ozanam who was studying at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. One day as he and his friends were engaged in discussion, another student challenged him to put his Catholic faith into action. And so it was that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul began. Along with five other students and the advice of an older friend , Emmanuel Bailly, and through the spiritual guidance and practical advice of Sister Rosalie Rendu, DC, Frederic and his friends began to visit the poor in the slums of Paris. They took Saint Vincent de Paul, a humble French Priest who served the poor during the mid 1600's as their patron saint. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an organization that follows in his footsteps by praying and helping others in order to grow in holiness and closer to God. Members are called Vincentians and they volunteer to answer the call to help the poor and to pray.
Youth Vincentians are young members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul who also seek to grow closer to God by service to others. They participate spiritually through prayer as well as by participating in projects that assist the poor in some way. In the Diocese of Belleville, we are blessed to have eight schools with active St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and we are always looking to start new Youth Conferences.
Althoff High School, Belleville
Blessed Sacrament Grade School, Belleville
Holy Trinity Grade School, Fairview Heights
Mater Dei High School, Breeze
St. Clare Grade School, O'Fallon
St. James Grade School, Millstadt
St. Mary & St. Augustine Grade School, Belleville