St. Vincent de Paul Society
After the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company storage facility in West, Texas last April, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was designated to coordinate assistance efforts. Members stepped in and worked directly with the people of West.
No matter what the need, from economic hardship to natural disasters like hurricanes or the Bastrop County fires, the society offers immediate aid and help to those who are suffering. The diocesan organization operates homeless shelters, a clothing store in downtown Austin, and other charitable works.
St. Mary Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lago Vista, is the home of the St.Vincent de Paul Conference, designated to assist in the immediate neighborhoods of Lago Vista, Point Venture, Jonestown and adjacent areas in Travis County.
Although based at St. Mary’s, the conference helps and assists those directed to them without regard to religious affiliation.
The conference is composed of church members who volunteer their time, visiting those in need as well as directing them to other volunteer groups and various agencies throughout the county. Funding comes from parishioners and others who donate to this cause.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization, founded in the 19th century by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and Blessed Rosalie Rendu, following the examples of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, who began serving the needy in the streets of France.
The society has been in existence for over a century and continues to grow in church parishes throughout the United States and the world. There are numerous conferences located in Catholic churches in the Austin Diocese, and thousands throughout the United States and the world.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to grow and flourish in the 21st century through the efforts of members and workers who give their time and talent to the organization, utilizing monetary donations from those who believe in its goals.
For information on how you can donate to this dynamic organization, call St. Mary Our Lady of the Lake church at 512-267-2644.