THANKS to everyone who came out to the 2015 Jazzin on the River fundraising Gala!
We'd like to thank our planning committee, generous patrons and donors and everyone that helped this year's event a resounding success! 20th.
Special thanks to Gordon Stevens and the staff of the Steamboat Natchez and Archbishop Gregory Aymond for joining us again this year.
more info and photos will be featured on our NEW website at the end of July!
- FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-
Thank you for a Successful 2014!
2014 was an exciting year for the Archdiocesan Council and its dedicated conferences. We were happy to welcome St. Catherine of Siena and Holy Name of Jesus back as full, active conferences. Another successful June Fundraiser, along with great turnout for the Friends of the Poor Walk also took place this year. Just a reminder, our 2015 gala has been set to take place on June 20th.
The Society had the honor of taking part in the National Ex-Offender Re-entry Program; which gives us the opportunity to help re-integrate residents once incarcerated back into the community. We look forward to sharing the successes of this important program with fellow Vincentians.
We are also pleased to see the emergence of youth involvement in the society. A new conference of over 50 young Vincentians from St. Francis Xavier school in Metairie were commissioned in December. St. Angela Merici parish recognized a youth group in as well.
It’s truly a pleasure to witness the legacy of Blessed Frederic being passed on to young people in our city. Special Thanks to Sr. Teresa Daly, Director of Formation, for helping our young people establish these most important groups.
The Vincentian spirit is evident within our Parishes! I’m positive we will see many more youth groups taking an active role of service in our communities. I personally challenge the youth in our Parishes to organize a youth conference! We also thankful to the St. Pius X Parish in Lakeview; for their work, helping assist many needy residents in the New Orleans East area. There is no active conference in New Orleans East, so we appreciate Greg Di Leo and parish Pastor Fr. Patrick Williams going above and beyond to service the needs of many of these residents. We must all keep in mind that it is by the request of the Office of the Archdiocese that all parishes assist residents in their areas that are in need.
Our goal is to have more active conferences to serve Chalmette, the lower ninth ward, central city and New Orleans east. Our resources are much needed in these areas; as the majority of requests for assistance are from residents in these particular areas.
As we approach 2015, I pose these questions to fellow Vincentians:
- Are you satisfied with the role you play as a servant to your community?
- What more can we do as a Society in regards to working toward systemic change?
- Are we thinking outside the box to see real progress and real results in our communities?
- Are we reaching all perspective donors and patrons to help support our mission?
- What must we do to encourage individuals to contribute to the Society?
I look forward to making more strides in helping our communities become stronger and more self-sufficient. I urge all Vincentians to continue to tell others what we do and how they can help us continue our mission.
May you continue to see the face of Christ in those you serve.
Here’s to a successful and productive 2015!
Deacon Rudy Rayfield
Our Annual Report for the FY 2013/2014 is now available:
annual report FY 2013 2014.pdf
Click below to view the SVdP Form 990:
1 FY13-14 - f990 V 1-26-2015.pdf