The Society of St Vincent de Paul, Newcastle’s hidden angels
Angels walk among us, never revealing themselves. But despite working in silence, bringing relief to the weary and downtrodden, their work has not gone unnoticed.
For the past 40 years, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has brought hope to Newcastle’s destitute community. But who is the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul? Who is the organisation that works tirelessly to help those in need?
St Vincent de Paul was a French Roman Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. Known for his compassion, humility and generosity, St Vincent was canonized in 1737.
Inspired by his work, several Catholic societies were formed in his honour. The Society of St Vincent de Paul is one such group.
Working tirelessly to promote kindness and generosity, the society feeds several families every week. In fact, the society’s kindness even extends to non-Catholic families.
“We donate monthly food hampers to nine families, among other regular donations,” explained Rita Brady of the society.
The donations are made possible through the generosity of St Peter and Paul’s Parish congregation and local businesses. Depending on the constant support from sponsors, donations include meat, canned foods and vegetables.
On Thursday, February 8, members of the society donated mielie meal to less fortunate members of the community, from the church’s premises.
This forms part of the society’s weekly charitable work. “We also give biscuits to the children,” Ms Brady said, which allows the little ones to enjoy a treat.
From the church, the society moved to Fairleigh where its members extended a helpful hand to the community’s less-fortunate residents.
Yet, the society’s kindness does not end with the regular donations. During the festive season, the society goes out of its way to ensure the less fortunate can have an enjoyable time.