Student Fredric Ozanam founded St. Vincent de Paul in 1833 under the influence of a French priest Vincent de Paul. Its aim was to “practice what they preach.” They went about this by visiting the elderly, bringing food and clothing to the needy. In general bringing support and concern to all who needed it.
Today the St. Vincent de Paul society is a Christian voluntary organisation working with poor and disadvantaged people. The volunteers have committed themselves to into making a difference in their local community.
In 2005 St. Mary’s founded the St. Mary’s and St. Canice’s School society. Pupils who join the school St. Vincent de Paul society do so because they know that they are making a difference to somebody else’s life no matter how small the gesture is. They feel a great sense of fulfilment knowing that they are doing something that benefits someone else for the better.
This year the school St. Vincent de Paul society plan to undertake the following projects: