The Society of St. Vincent the Paul ( SVP ) is an international voluntary organization in the Catholic Church founded in 1833 to help impoverished people living in the slums of Paris ( France ) The primary figure behind the Society’s founding was Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a French lawyer, author, and professor in the Sorbonne. Frederic collaborated with Emmanuel Bailly, editor of the Tribune Catholique, in reviving a student organization which had been suspended during the revolutionary activity of July 1830. Ozanam was 20 years old when he founded the Society. Emmanuel Bailly was chosen as the first president.
The Society took Saint Vincent the Paul as its patron under the influence of Sister Rosalie Rendu – a member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent the Paul, known for her work with people in the slums of Paris.
The Sisters from Footherley Hall have been supporting the SVP group from Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield for a number of years, with clothes, toiletries, creams and other items that have been distributed primarily to migrants
On hearing from the SVP they are now not only helping migrants, but also many others who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and are finding it difficult to sustain their families, we thought we could do something by depriving ourselves of non-essential things and contributing towards non-perishable food to help our brothers and sisters in need. We all made a contribution towards the solidarity project and with the amount collected we are sending food every week.