St. Vincent de Paul Society


Our parish is committed to the works of charity done under the auspices of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This international organization is made up of lay Catholic men and women who are committed to live and grow in their Christian faith through prayer and personal involvement in charitable works. The Madison District Council of the Society is a very effective organization. It operates the largest food pantry in Dane County, houses for men, women, and children, and five thrift stores whose proceeds support direct assistance for the poor of our city. Members of the Cathedral Parish cooperate with the larger efforts of our District Council as well as helping those in need here in our own neighborhood. Quarterly envelopes give all parishioners a chance to support these good works.


St. Vincent de Paul Conference

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

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

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 because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

Some of the various works of charity that the Cathedral Parish Conference participates in include:

  • Listening to the needs of those requesting help and responding appropriately
  • Spending time in prayer with those seeking God's help and inspiration
  • Winter Mittens & Scarves Drive
  • Blanket Drives
  • Bundle Sunday
  • Little Drummer Christmas Toy Drive
  • January Bedding and Sheets Drive
  • A bi-monthly food drive in church
  • Envelopes for monetary donation
  • Bike collection and sale
  • End of the university semester furniture drive

For more information please contact the President of our Parish Conference, Michael Luckey at