St. Vincent de Paul Society



The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a worldwide Christian community founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young Catholic lay people. From the onset, members joined together to set examples of service and dedication to the poor and needy.

Members are called Vincentians. At St. Mary’s, they service myriad requests and fulfill needs in the community, including furnishing homes and apartments and supplying appliances and other items; taking care of home repairs; assisting families who lose their homes in fires and other disasters; and volunteering every Tuesday at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, Buffalo.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. from September through June, at St. Mary’s Elementary School. They host two fund raisers each year, as well as spring and fall Clothing Drives. Proceeds from the drives also assist St. Vincent de Paul clients in need, either by supporting the society’s store in Buffalo or providing food for the free lunch program.

St. Mary’s Vincentians also use the Track program to acquire metal that can be recycled for cash.

New members – male or female – are always welcome. To join the St. Vincent de Paul Society or for more information, please contact John Troidl at (716) 685-2357.