St. Vincent dePaul

Our Mission

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international catholic lay organization, leads women and men, who are known as Vincentians, to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering, providing them with material aid, financial aid, emotional support and spiritual comfort – whatever is necessary to empower them to become self-sufficient again –  in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederick Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

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, ever mindful of their dignity, because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

What We Do – How We Help

Throughout the world, conferences do many various works of charity. Each conference is run individually based on its own community’s needs. Vincentians are on call to help those in need at any time.  No work of charity is foreign to the Society.

Some of our services are:

  • Maintain and Run the Food Pantry (supply Emergency Food Bags when the pantry is closed for shopping)
  • Food Deliveries – for the homebound in need
  • Easter Program – Easter Food Package, Easter Candy Baskets
  • Summer Camp Program
  • School Supplies Program
  • Thanksgiving Program – complete basket of a Traditional Turkey Dinner
  • Christmas Program – Christmas Food Package, Gifts for children/teens
  • Christmas Sponsor-A-Family Program
  • Birthday Box Program
  • Home Visits – personal visits to families in need
  • Furniture – from our SVDP Stores
  • Clothing – from our SVDP Thrift Stores
  • Financial Aid (upon approval)
  • FEMA Program & UPLIFT Program – mortgage/rental assistance (upon approval)
  • Referrals to Local Resources
  • Pilgrim State Visits/Events
  • Spanish Translation
  • Transportation – when necessary
  • Special Projects – home repairs, medical issues, burials…
  • Project HOPE – serving meals bi-monthly (through St. Hugh of Lincoln Conference in Huntington)

If you or anyone you know is in some kind of need of our services, please have them contact us. Everything is always confidential.

Where We Are Located – How To Contact Us

Our Food Pantry is located at the Parish Outreach Center on 5th Avenue at the east end of Trinity Regional School, lower level, yellow room.

The Food Pantry is opened for shopping every other weekend: Fridays 10:00am-2:00pm and Sundays 10:30am-12:30pm. You may receive an Emergency Food Bag when the pantry is closed for shopping with the help of Parish Outreach within their business hours, M-F 10:00am-2:00pm.

Our Mailing Address:
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
20 Cheshire Place
East Northport, NY 11731

You can reach a Vincentian by calling the Rectory or Parish Outreach. Or you can email fdigigli@optonline.net

How Can You Help Us

Bulletin Notices:

  • Our Weekly “Feed My Lambs” ad asks for needed pantry items
  • Upcoming seasonal events and donation requests (Holidays, Friends of the Poor Walk,…)

Donations:

  • Non-Perishable Food Items can be dropped off in the bin in the Vestibule of the Church
  • Food Items can also be dropped off at the Food Pantry M-F 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Furniture Donations  – call the SVDP Store 631-858-0380
  • Clothing Donations can be dropped in our SVDP Bins located in the Church parking lot
  • Misc Donations, Large Clothing Donations or Household Items can be brought to the SVDP Store on East Jericho Tpke, Huntington or call 631-858-0380
  • Monetary Donations can be mailed to the above address or dropped in the St. Anthony of Padua Poor Boxes ( All monetary donations help us maintain our food pantry stock, Holiday Programs, Special Projects, Financial Aid – which also helps with Parish Outreach’s client financial aid…)
  • Special Donations, Food Drives… please contact a Vincentian
  • Donations from requests through the Bulletin can be dropped off in the bin in the Vestibule (School Supplies, Christmas Gifts…)

Thank you for helping us help others!

Want to Become a Vincentian?

If you have some free time, a loving heart, good will, and the desire to help our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, then you can become a Vincentian.

We have many committees that you can join, such as, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Programs, Stocking the Food Pantry, Working the Food Pantry, Home Visits, Summer Camp Program, and School Supply Program. You can put in as many or as little hours as you like.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Rectory Meeting Room at 7:30pm. If interested, please email fdigigli@optonline.net

“After the love of God, your principal concern must be to serve the poor with great gentleness and cordiality, sympathizing with them in their ailments and listening to their little complaints… for they look on you as people sent by God to help them. You are therefore intended to represent the goodness of God in the eyes of the poor.”  St. Vincent de Paul 1657

Conferences

Based in Catholic parishes, Vincentians gather together in groups called Conferences which focus on spirituality, fellowship and works of charity. When people in need of help call out, Vincentians meet with them, determine their needs, and do what they can to assist.

Conferences on Long Island are grouped into 4 districts under the Diocese of Rockville Centre with our Central Council in Bethpage. Our National Headquarters are in St. Louis, Missouri. The Society’s International Headquarters are in Paris, France.

For further information and details of our many services, please visit our websites:

The National website www.svdpusa.org

The Diocese website   www.svdprvc.org

Our History – Briefly

In 1833, Frederick Ozanam (now Blessed) founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul while he was a student at the Sorbonne School of Law in France. During that time, the early 1800’s, France was undergoing a social and economic upheaval. Frederick, along with 5 of his college friends, began helping Sister Rosalie Rendu (now Blessed) and other sisters from the Daughters of Charity (one of the charities founded by St. Vincent de Paul) by caring for the poor. He saw the need to organize laymen to assist the religious in caring for these suffering people.

On April 23, 1833 Frederick led the first meeting of the first conference which he appropriately named after St. Vincent de Paul. The Society quickly spread through Europe. The first American Council was established in 1845 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Today, there are over 800,000 Vincentians worldwide helping the poor in 142 Countries on 6 Continents.

Our conference here at St. Anthony of Padua started in 1956. We worked out of a closet in the basement of the church. All food and aid was delivered to each client family through a Home Visit.

Since those days, our Food Pantry was built in 1999 by a Boy Scout, Christopher Petersen, working toward his Eagle Scout Award.

Church Information

RECTORY OFFICE

631-261-1077
Fax: 631-757-0572

Office Hours

Monday through Friday:
9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PARISH OUTREACH: 631.261.1695
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: 631.261.1306
TRINITY REGIONAL SCHOOL: 631.261.5130

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