The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is an international lay organization founded by Blessed Frederic Ozanam in the year 1833 in Italy. The Society has now spread out in more than 112 countries having its headquarters in Paris.
Our Parish unit was formed in 1986 under the name “Conference of Holy Spirit” and already completed 25 years of service. At present it has 18 active, 7 retired and 8 auxiliary members serving 70 families. The active members meet every Monday at 7.30 pm. The unit is registered with the Charity Commissioner of Mumbai as a Public Charitable Trust.
The objective of SVP is to render help to the poorest of the poor and the needy, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, etc. Our parish unit currently caters to the needs of over 50 families every month for their household expenses, ration, medicines and education of children.
The major part of the expenses is met through the allocation from the community fund and the balance requirement is generated from members’ own contributions, donations from the parishioners.
The SVP runs an AIDS HOSPICE called ‘Niramay Niketan’ at Trombay and a HOME FOR THE AGED called ‘Shanti Bhavan’ in Kalyan. Our members periodically visit these homes and also provide financial aid from the contributions of the parishioners.
Parishioners who have or know of people suffering with AIDS can contact the parish SVP.
An appeal to all good willed people is to join hands with SVP in this Service for Victory over Poverty and alleviate the misery of the poor suffering. It is said that “Whatever good you wish to do, do it now, for you may not pass this way once again”.