St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Duquesne chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Society 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 a young college student 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 working with the homeless of downtown Pittsburgh. Every Sunday night we gather at 7:40 p.m. in Laval House, to prepare food for our homeless friends downtown. Not only do we bring food, but also clothing, and our open hearts. As we walk downtown together, 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. We confirm their dignity as human persons.
Weekly Meetings and Reflection
When we meet in the Spiritan Campus Ministry Center in Towers LLC to discuss business, we also take time to reflect using scripture and other genres. We discuss and think about our experience of service and ministry. By reflecting on acts of kindness, both personal and communal, we ultimately grow in understanding.
Also through the semester, we share our time with other populations. Several times each semester we make breakfast on a weekend morning for out-of-town hospital patients and their families at Family House. We have also assisted with Shepherd's Wellness, an outreach program for individuals with AIDS and their families.