St. Vincent De Paul of Grand Rapids

Our Mission

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, joins women and men together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering. It operates in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and its patron saint, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

Our International Society

The Vincentian Family is a worldwide, living reality. Countless persons live and breathe the spirit, tradition, and spirituality of “the Apostle of Charity and Father of the Poor,” St. Vincent de Paul. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one branch of a colossal Vincentian Family Tree.

The Vincentian family consists of men and women, young and old, rich and poor, educated and unlettered, Eastern and Western. Family members all over the world speak common languages and obscure dialects; they live in large cities and on small islands, they are married and single, priests, deacons and religious; they are CEO’s and manual laborers. Who they are really doesn’t matter; what they have in common does – their call to follow in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul, their love for him, and their desire to keep his mission to serve the poor alive.

Our National Society

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is part of the international “lay Catholic organization” actively working in 150 countries for the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized.  We strive to bring the love and peace of Christ to those we serve in the spirit of the Gospel message: “I was hungry and you gave me to eat…” (Matthew 25)

In this ever-changing world, with poverty increasing in a multitude of different guises, the demands and opportunities for service are many and varied.  The work that Blessed Frederic Ozanam and his young friends undertook in the 1830’s was radical.  They cared for the poor and the suffering and that is the challenge that we also face today.

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Our Board Members

All of our Board Members are representatives of local Catholic Churches and Conferences:

  •James White, President
    St. Adalbert Conference

  • Colleen Kissane, Treasurer

  • Marilyn Hawkins
    St. Anthony Conference

  • Joe Tierney
    IHM Conference

  • LuAnn VanHorn
    St. Adalbert Conference

  • Jim Kline
    St. Anthony Conference

  • Thomas Gole
    V.P. of Formation
    St. Anthony Conference

  • Paul Kosiaria
    St. Pius Church
Our Thrift Store

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is a special project of the Grand Rapids Conference. The Conference can survive without the thrift store but the thrift store cannot survive without the Conference. For instance, the Conference could decide to close the thrift store and instead open a dental clinic or a low-income housing unit. To learn more about our store, please click below.

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