Thursday, October 24, 2013


Join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Ignatius of Loyola Conference’s movie night!!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
St. Ignatius of Loyola Large Hall
322 N. Ave 61
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Doors Open at 6PM
6:30 PM  Cartoons Show
7:00 PM Feature Movie

Donation $1.00
Admittance free for those under 12 yrs.

Refreshments will be sold. 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 18, 2013


Saturday, October 12, 2013 almost 90 Vincentians attended the Spiritual Retreat for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles at the Poverello of Assisi Retreat Center in San Fernando. The retreat was conducted by Dr. Mary Poplin and Reverend Pedro Villarroya C.M..

Dr. Poplin spoke to the Vincentians of her experiences with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as related to the Vincentians work with the poor. "Mother Teresa did not allow discouragement because it meant you are trusting in yourself and not in God," Poplin said.  Dr. Poplin said we may never completely know if our work is successful with the poor, and must leave the final results up to God's designs. 

Fr. Pedro stressed that, "As Vincentians we must bring the news to the poor that God loves them."  

Monday, October 14, 2013


Friday, October 11, 2013 was the grand opening of the new Shoe Palace Workshop at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' administrative offices and thrift store in Los Angeles. The computer workshop will allow children and adults to receive free tutoring, GED and ESL classes, as well as an education on internet use and resume creation on the workshop's 15 computers. 100 guests attended, including Catholic school students; Los Angeles Police Department leadership; Councilmember Tom LaBonge; Jan Perry, interim leader of the City of Los Angeles Economic Development Department; and the owners of Shoe Palace.

"We love the Society of St. Vincent de Paul," said Shoe Palace Vice President John Mersho, "We always want to be about helping our community." The workshop was made possible by grants from Shoe Palace and the Riordan Foundation. Shoe Palace Marketing Manager Lacey Flynn said the kids using the workshop would get free shoes from Shoe Palace as an incentive for academic achievement. 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Executive Director David Fields pointed out that it was Society employee Jorge Alvarez who unofficially started the workshop when he asked Society leadership for a computer room, because he does not own a computer. Fields is excited by the possibilities of the workshop, pointing out that Society employee Carolyn Sanchez recently completed requirements for her GED. "We promoted her, and gave her a 10% raise!" Fields said.
Photos: (Top) Sacred Heart Catholic High School students, Los Angeles Police Department leadership, Shoe Palace leadership and owners, and Society leadership at the workshop grand opening. (Bottom) Councilmember Tom LaBonge presents Society director of operations Jim Bibb and executive director David Fields with a certificate lauding the Society for the workshop.

Friday, October 11, 2013


Here is the link to a TV program on the good works of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles from Wordnet Productions, airing on Catholic and Protestant TV networks around the world starting this week.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Catholic schoolchildren from 45 low-income, inner-city families received free backpacks with school supplies and rosaries from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles and the Specialty Family Foundation Friday, October 4, 2013 at the third annual Back-to-School Backpacks Awards Luncheon in Los Angeles. 

Speakers were Reverend Bill Muller S.J., president of Verbum Dei High School; Joe Womac, executive director of the Specialty Family Foundation; schoolchild Charles Flock; Claire Padama and David Fields, board president and executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles.  

A student named Erwin from Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic School attended with his mother, Carmen, who is in a wheelchair. “Thank you so much!” they said.


The chapel and dining hall at the De Paul Evangelization Center in Montebello were packed to capacity September 27, 2013 to celebrate the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul.  Dinner was had following Mass and Greg Fischer gave a presentation on the history of the Vincentian order, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Daughters of Charity in Los Angeles.  Join us next year!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Walk/Fun Run in Silver Lake Area News

Read about the Friends of the Poor Walk/Fun Run in  the
Silver Lake California : Silver Lake Area News


350 runners and walkers - and their dogs - descended on Lincoln Park in Los Angeles Saturday, September 28, 2013 for the first annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Fun Run to raise money for those living in poverty in Los Angeles. Over $26,000 was raised to help the needy through Catholic charity the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles sponsored a community festival and health fair in conjunction with the Walk/Run with overall attendance of 500.

"California has not only the largest increase overall poverty in recent years but has the highest rate among every state in the country," said St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' executive director David Fields. The society has a long history serving the poor worldwide in over 149 countries.

The Walk/Run's presenting sponsor Forever 21 had many employees walking and running. Forever 21's Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Jain said the global apparel company sponsored  the event because, "We want to support our neighbors in need."  

Walker Guillermo Barillas said he thinks the statistics are even higher for poverty in Los Angeles in reality. Another walker, Noe Soto agreed, saying,  "It makes me think we need to do more to help during the year." 

Photos: (Top) Runners and walkers at the event; (Bottom) Guillermo Barillas, Noe Soto and vice president Carlos Barillas of Saint Dominic Savio Conference with family and friends.

Thursday, October 3, 2013



Volunteers from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' North and South Our Lady of the Angels Districts distributed 40 layette sets to newborn infants at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles in honor of St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day of September 27th. The Garcia family below was happy to receive their layette set. The first boys and girls born on the day also received new strollers.