Who we are:
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the local community. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young Catholic lay people under the leadership of Blessed Frederic Ozanam. St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) is the patron of the Society which bears his name. Pope Leo XIII named Vincent patron of all works of charity, and therefore, he is also known as the “Apostle of Charity” and the “Father of the Poor.” In 2011, Bishop Paul Sirba gave his permission to begin the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Duluth Diocese. Since then, three conferences (chapters) have been formed: St. Kateri Tekawitha Conference in Walker/Hackensack, St. Catherine Laboure Light & Hope Conference in Crosby/Deerwood and St. Anthony’s Living Water Conference at Our Lady of the Lakes parish (Pine River/Pequot Lakes/Nisswa).
St. Anthony’s Living Water Conference meets twice a month at St. Alice Church in Pequot Lakes. Meeting dates are the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 10:00 A.M. New members are always welcome. There are three levels of membership when considering joining the St. Vincent de Paul society:
1. Active – attend meetings when possible and be active in the work of the conference.
2. Associate – may or may not attend meetings or engage in the works of the Society on a regular basis. They are kept informed of the activities of the conference
3. Contributing – those who regularly provide financial support but who do not engage directly in the Society’s work. They are invited to the Society’s general and festival meetings.
To know more:
If you would like to increase your spiritual growth through fellowship and silent works of charity: quietly and discreetly aiding needy families by making personal visits to homes and serving the distressed, the St. Anthony Living Water Conference encourages you to join us. For more information go to www.svdpusa.org/What-We-Do. Our please contact us at 218-656-0074.