St. Vincent de Paul Ministry

SVDP EmblemSharing God’s Love With the Poor
Changing Lives, One at a Time


Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, by offering person to person service to those who are needy and suffering.

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 by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.

Vincentians see the face of Christ in the Poor.

Locally organized 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,


The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) is easy to join. All you need is the desire to join with others for the love of God, to serve those in need.

The work of SVdP is the Gospel message in action:

I was hungry.

I was thirsty.

I was a stranger.

I was naked.

I was sick.

I was in prison.

And YOU cared.

See the face of Christ in your neighbor.

Christians have an obligation to serve others. As a member of SVdP, you will be helping those in need through friendship and personal encounters. There are a number of ways you can serve others as a SVdP member.


  • Pray each day for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and those who seek help at Annunciation of the Lord.
  • Stock a food pantry or distribute food to the needy of Morgan County.
  • Answer the SVdP phone on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon and collect information from those wanting help.
  • Help with data entry in the SVdP client system.
  • Become a member of the SVdP Shoppers’ Club purchasing items that clients need when on sale.
  • With another member, conduct home visits to assess financial needs of SVdP clients, to suggest directions or assist with their needs (defraying expenses for utilities, rent, or other needs).
SVdP Conference at Annunciation of the Lord helps individuals and families in Morgan County.  NO matter how much or how little time you have, if you have the desire, we can find a way for you to help others!



Direct Giving: The major source of the Society’s funding is monthly financial gifts (designated church collections). These contributions made throughout the year make it possible to provide aid day after day, year after year. Please make this an important component of your giving.

The society’s revenue goes directly to support the services provided to people in need. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charity.

Food Pantry Assistance: We accept non-perishable food. Due to space limitations, we encourage those interested in donating groceries to join the SVdP Shoppers’ Club to stay informed of current pantry needs. Our most critical needs include:

Peanut butter



Spaghetti Sauce

Canned fruit

Household cleaner

Bath soap

Laundry soap

Toilet tissue

We invite you to join us at our Conference meetings on Wednesday evenings in the Nursery located on the Annunciation of the Lord campus. For meeting times, check the Latest Bulletin.

Annunciation of the Lord
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
3910 Spring Ave SW
Decatur, AL 35603
(256) 353-2667
For more information, please contact the Parish office at (256) 353-2667 x101 or

Printable brochure:  St. Vincent de Paul Invitation to Serve – English, (en espanol)


For those needing help, call (256) 479-8250, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

If no answer, another caller is on the line. Your call will be returned if received during caller hours.