“For I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me…”
The St Vincent de Paul Society, as a lay Catholic organisation, aspires to live this gospel message from Matthew each day. We continue the good works started by Frederic Ozanam over two centuries ago. We are guided by our Christian values and the inspiration of our patron St Vincent de Paul. Our good works are based on an enriching heritage of living our Christian faith in service of others and advocating for a more just and compassionate society.
During the past year the Mission and Spirituality team have played an important role in maintaining the culture of compassion and support started by Frederic Ozanam almost two centuries ago. While the scope of our good works may have changed over the years, we remain a Society devoted to alleviating poverty and disadvantage in all its forms.
As part of the restructure from 10 Central Councils to five Regions in September 2019, the Mission, Spirituality and Pastoral Care partner roles were created to ensure better support for our members, volunteers, staff and most importantly – the people we assist. Led by Leo Tucker, Executive Director – Mission and Spirituality, these partners work collaboratively with Central Council and Conference Presidents, Regional Directors, managers and leaders across the Society to enable new models of pastoral care and mission engagement to serve those in need.
We introduced partner roles across the state in the North East, Metropolitan and South Regions who are responsible for a range of functions within the Society including reflection and retreat opportunities, offering pastoral care for bereavements, debriefing post‑crisis, hosting pastoral care forums, and assisting with Masses, liturgies, blessings and Council festival events.
The team oversaw the provision of a placement space for seminarians from the Good Shepherd Seminary, refurbished the Matthew Talbot Hostel Chapel space with a blessing performed by Bishop Terry Brady, collaborated with the social engagement team to support residents at the Matthew Talbot Hostel, and participated in the annual Internment of Ashes of the Homeless ceremony at Rookwood Catholic Cemetery.