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 Lei 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 five conferences (chapters) have been formed: St. Kateri Tekawitha Conference in Walker/Hackensack, St. Catherine Laboure Light & Hope Conference in Crosby/Deerwood, St. Anthony's Living Water Conference in Pine River/Pequot Lakes/Nisswa, St. Rose of Lima in Longvile/Remer and St. Teresa of Calcutta's Conference in the Brainerd Lakes area.
St. Teresa of Calcutta's Conference meets twice a month at St. Andrew's Church in Brainerd. Meeting dates are the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 5pm. New members are always welcome. Thre are three levels of membership when considering joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul:
Active - attend meetings when possible and be active in the work of the conference.
Associate - may or may not attend meetings or engage in the works of the conference on a regular basis. They are kept informed of the activities of the conference.
Contributing - those who regularly provide financial support but who do not engage directly in the conference's work.
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St. Teresa of Calcutta's Conference encourages you to join us if you would like to increase your spiritual growth through fellowship, silent works of charity, quietly and discreetly aiding needy families by making personal visits to homes and serving the distressed. For more information contact us at 218-656-0345.