A A Email Print Share

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Duquesne chapter of Society of St. Vincent de Paul is part of an organization that spans across the world to bring hope and compassion to those with all types of need.

History and Mission

Begun in 1833 by young college students in Paris, France, the Society continues to fulfill the same goal of its founding members: to demonstrate the Christian way of life through acts of love and service.

Working with the Homeless

Our chapter's main ministry is serving the homeless of downtown Pittsburgh. We gather every Sunday night at 7:30pm in Laval House, to package hot meals and prepare bags of clean clothes, toiletries, and water to bring on our walk around Downtown Pittsburgh. We meet individuals who are homeless or are in need in some way and provide them meals and whatever they need of what we are carrying. We visit some of our long-time friends while also meeting new ones along our route. Sometimes they share stories or their concerns with us, and we listen and try to help as best we can. By ministering to their spiritual and personal needs and desires, we show solidarity with them and affirm their dignity as human persons.
The Duquesne chapter is open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have a desire to serve the poor and vulnerable. We welcome you to join us at 7:30pm on Sunday nights at Laval House, for one of our weekly meetings. To sign up for a particular Sunday, follow the link below:
Sign-ups are available up to one month in advance.

Homelessness Awareness Week 2016

Wednesday Nov. 9 th - Wednesday Nov. 16 th

Sponsored by the Duquesne University Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Walk to St. Paul Cathedral
Wednesday 11/9 5-8pm, Begin in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit (Old Main)

Engage in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy on a pilgrimage in partnership with La Roche College and Carlow University to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland as we walk in prayer and provide care packages to homeless individuals we meet along the way to the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Paul Cathedral. Confession will be available at the cathedral. Email Giovan at cuchapinf@duq.edu for more information

Student Panhandling
Thursday 11/10 10am-2pm, Academic Walk

Students will panhandle in solidarity with the homeless. Which cardboard sign would get your spare change? All donations go to the Duquesne University Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a homeless ministry.

Consistent Ethic of Life (CEL)
Thursday 11/10 9-10pm, Spiritan Campus Ministry Room (2 nd Floor of Towers)

In the spirit of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's "consistent ethic of life" approach to social justice, students will discuss homelessness as it relates to dignity of the human person.

Saturday 11/12 5:30pm, Chapel of the Holy Spirit (Old Main)

Sponsored by Duquesne St. Vincent de Paul Society. 

Homelessness Awareness Night
Saturday 11/12 8:00pm-10:00pm, Nite Spot

Make blankets and toiletry bags for St. Vincent de Paul Sunday night ministry. We will also be writing letters for inmates in local prisons. Pizza will be provided!

St. Vincent de Paul Weekly Ministry Sunday
Sunday 11/13 7:30pm-8:45pm, Laval House to Downtown Pittsburgh*

Meet at the Laval House at 7:30pm. Walk to Market Square and other areas downtown to bring hot meals, warm clothes, toiletries, and your open heart to homeless individuals in Downtown Pittsburgh.

*Must sign up in advance! Email svdpduq@gmail.com for more information.

Viewing of Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home (2010)
Tuesday 11/15 8pm, Spiritan Campus Ministry Room (2 nd Floor of Towers)

This eye opening documentary explores the lives of individuals living as a community on Skid Row in Los Angeles, home to one of the largest groups of homeless individuals in the country. Viewing of the documentary will be followed by discussion. Pizza will be provided!

"Why Don't You Get a Job?": Panel and Discussion on the Dignity of the Worker
Wednesday 11/16 7pm, Union 613

A panel comprised of professors from various disciplines will share their perspectives on wages, barriers to work, health in the workplace, and the right to work. Discussion and Q&A will follow. Light refreshments will be provided.