Welcome to the Website of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand.
Pope greets Vincentians
Bishop Owen Dolan, Coadjutor Bishop of Palmerston North, is pictured with Pope Francis, pointing out to him the presence of the St Vincent de Paul group at the General Audience, just 50 metres away. The photo shows the Pope acknowledging the group with a wave.
Bishop Dolan was at the International Assembly of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, held in Rome 3- 5 June 2016. There were National Presidents from well over 100 countries present at the Assembly.
New Zealand was represented by Terry Comber, National President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand.
At the meeting Mr Renato Lima de Oliverira from Brazil was elected as the new International President of the Society.
The Gospel reflection of the day from Pope Francis: "I exhort you to pray with special intensity to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary that they will teach you how to love God and neighbour with full dedication".
Election of the new International President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP)
On Sunday, June 5th 2016, all the National Presidents of countries where the society is present in the world met in order to elect their new International President for the following six years.
This Sunday Renato Lima de Oliveira was elected new International President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, succeeding Michael Thio. In the coming weeks, the main task for the new Brazilian President shall be to name the members of his new administrative body and, together with his new team, to set up a strategic action plan for the following six years. The main subjects to be dealt with are the following: the international growth of SSVP, training, youth, communication, special projects, twinnings and spiritual life. Renato Lima de Oliveira shall take office on September 27th 2016, feast of Saint Vincent de Paul.
The goal of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is to radiate solidarity and mutual aid around the world, following an ambitious wager by its founder, Frederic Ozanam, who wished to ‘embrace the world in a network of charity’. Today, 800,000 volunteers are mobilised in more than 140 countries fighting against isolation, or even in humanitarian emergencies.
The International General Council is the link among the member countries of the SSVP. Its mission is to support the work of National Councils around the world. It enables the transfer of know-how, the training of leaders and it encourages twinnings which help to establish links of solidarity and financial support for development projects and for humanitarian disasters. It ensures the proper functioning of international meetings taking place yearly. The SSVP is recognised as a Non-Governmental Organisation within the United Nations.
Holiday Home Conference of St Joseph, Picton
The St Vincent de Paul Holiday Home in Picton is situated at 110 High Street, close to all amenities and is a two bedroom house which will sleep six people comfortably.
This holiday house is made available for the use of families in need: Either recovering from mental or physical illness, people under stress or pressure, or those in need of help through financial difficulties. In the main, people who qualify for the use of the house would, for one reason or another, not be able to have a holiday otherwise.
The house is made available only through direct representation from a conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. In order to qualify for the use of the house, a family or individual must be recommended by a conference, and a written confirmation of this must be made to the representative of the Picton Conference. When a firm booking is made by a conference we ask that payment accompany the letter.
The charge is $25 per night or $150 per week.
The Picton Conference welcomes guests to enjoy the pleasures of Picton. More details and forms are available on application.
Contact: Ron Peters - 03 573 7472 :: Morris O’Callaghan - 03 573 7299