Welcome to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John the Evangelist Conference. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization of men and women who seek growth in faith and holiness through service to individuals and families in need.
Most Rev. John Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, is also the National Episcopal Advisor for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Last year, Bishop Quinn asked that conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul be formed at parishes in our diocese to provide a new opportunity for faith communities to serve both individuals and families in need. The “conference” is the local organization of the Society. This year, five parishes in Rochester formed St. Vincent De Paul conferences, including St. John the Evangelist, St. Pius X, Pax Christi, Church of the Resurrection, and St. Francis of Assisi. The process of formally establishing our conference took almost 6 months. Our SJE Conference began service to those in need began in May 2011.
Members of the Society, called “Vincentians”, provide person-to-person assistance by visiting those in need in their homes. Our conference meets twice a month on the first and third Thursday evenings for spiritual reflection, discussion and decision-making, and fellowship. There are different categories of membership including active members, associate members, and contributing members.