Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869

5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
Phone: (773) 324-2626 Fax: (773) 891-0602

St. Vincent de Paul Society

“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine,
you did for me” (Mt 25:40)

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international voluntary lay organization, is dedicated to service to the those in need through personal contact and material assistance in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

Nearly 100,000 members in 4,000 conferences around the U.S.A., united by the spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice.

Who we are: We are volunteers of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish united in a local conference of the S.V.P. Society.
“A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.” (from Our Identity Statement).

What we do: The hallmark of our ministry is a personal response with visits and offers of help and support to the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community, but it’s just a part what we do, for we also:

  • organize a summer picnic and a winter dinner for the poor at our parish.
  • purchase coats for distribution in early winter,
  • purchase Christmas gifts for children (look for our ‘star’ Christmas tree in November),
  • raise funds for all kinds of charitable projects,
  • organize the individual visits and the personal response to the poor,
  • and much more…

Requirements: Anyone who feels called to serve those in spiritual, physical or financial need on a direct, personal basis and desires to enrich one’s own life through this service is always welcome.

Contact: Leave us a message at the parish office phone (773) 324-2626 ext. 108 and we will contact you.

“I would like to embrace the whole world in a network of charity”

Frédéric Ozanam