As I mentioned at the end of my previous post, I was up and out the door quite early today to attend Ozanam Orientation for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
My wife and I have been interested in volunteering to help others in our community so we attended our first meeting of our conference earlier this week and it just so happens that their initial orientation class was held today.
I found the class to be quite interesting, as I learned the history of the society along with a broad overview of each of the services offered by the society.
Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians” ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need.
We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
We know that we are not alone. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.
I found the entire day to be rewarding, because I really had no idea of the scope of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
By the time I got home from the class, it was time to head out the door for Mass. After Mass, we attended the Chili cook-off and well, to put it mildly, I am tired. It was a long day full of information, prayer, fun, and food! I wouldn’t have it any other way.