Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (the “Society”), a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person – to – person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
A conference was established at St. Joseph parish on June 16, 1971. Today St. Joseph operates a Food Pantry. Volunteer parishioners distribute food to persons of need in Bonne Terre and northern St. Francois County. The hours are 9:00am to 11:00am every Monday and Friday. The Food Pantry helps an average of 182 families each month. They distribute approximately 82,383 pounds of food per year.