Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Serving the poor is first and foremost for Vincentians
To recognize the call to strengthen their commitment to the poor, 'Vincentian' volunteers from the Council's Holy Name of Jesus Conference in Los Angeles recently were led in a re-dedication pledge on the feast day of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Father Paul Spellman of Holy Name of Jesus led the re-dedication pledge, as students and staff of Holy Name school looked on. The children were invited to attend to help increase student awareness of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and its outreach. Mark Stelly, a local 'Vincentian,' presented a brief history about the Society's impact around the world.
In his Homily, Father Spellman illustrated a Vincentian's concern for the poor by saying, “Whatever you do for the least of my brethren, you do unto me.”(Matthew 25). Father Spellman’s interactive illustration of charitable works solicited ideas and suggestions from more than 20 students (K-8) on how they could practice the promotion of spirituality, friendship and compassionate service to those in need.
The call to Vincentians to rededicate their commitment to serving the poor was made by Our Lady of the Angels District President Claire Padama to her Conferences, made up of Vincentians from every walk of life.
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