In Giving, We Receive

The core of our Society’s work is done by more than 900 members in 18+ St. Vincent de Paul Conferences across St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.  A conference is a small group of volunteers, typically associated with a parish or school, who visit those in need to assess their situations and help however possible. The home visit is a trademark of our Society.  It was initiated by our founder, Frederic Ozanam, as he assisted the poor in Paris.  Frederic believed that "the work of the Society should not be conducted in a comfortable meeting room but rather in the cheerless attic tenement, or in the sick room, the jail, the hospital, the old age home or any place where love is needed."

Conferences support their clients with a wide range of offerings. They may provide rental assistance, help with utility bills, medicine, food, clothing and furniture. Some of the conferences even have their own food pantry.   Conferences will typically provide special food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Often, parishes will join with the St Vincent de Paul Conference to buy gifts for families at Christmas.  But more important than the physical aid given, the conferences provide friendship and spiritual support to the people they help. [Source: SVDP Cincinnati]

Amy Potter
Conference Services Coordinator
Contact Amy for information on
conferences, Vincentian training and spirituality training.
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Holy Cross Church
Conference President - Ted Wasielewski
Telephone - Home: 574-291-5098
Cell: 574-292-0515
E-mail -

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
St. Joseph Church - South Bend
Conference President - Roger Jacobs
Telephone # - Home 574-231-9677
E-mail -

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Holy Family Church
Conference President - Catherine Day 
Telephone - Home: 574-287-0816
Cell: 574-850-0148
Email -

Meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of each month after the 9:00am Mass in the rectory basement meeting room.
Our Lady of Hungary Church
Conference President - TJ Papp
Telephone - Cell: 574-246-0385

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Sacred Heart Basilica (ND)
Conference President - Paul Thornton
Telephone: 574-277-1593
Cell: 574-320-7790 
E-mail -

Meetings are held quarterly on the first Saturday in the months of February, May, August & November.  Meetings begin at 10:00. 
St. Adalbert Church
Conference President - Dave Thomas
Telephone - Cell: 574-250-2828
E-mail -
St. Anthony Church
Conference President - Mary Froning
Telephone - 574-287-7936
​Cell: 574-261-7183
E-mail -

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
St. Augustine Church
Conference President  - Annie Tardy
Telephone - Home: 574-243-2743
E-mail - ARTardy@
St. Bavo Church
Conference President - Karen Dwyer (Acting)
Telephone - Home: 574-232-4874
E-mail -

The St. Bavo St. Vincent de Paul Society was re-organized in January 2005.  We serve the needs of our neighbors on the southwest side of Mishawaka by providing direct assistance and participating in Stuff-A-Truck, Eric’s Promise, and the Christmas Program. The Conference meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C of the Parish Center.  For information, please contact: Beth Klein at or 574-255-6024; Karen Dwyer at or 574-232-4874

​Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.
St. John the Baptist Church
President - 
Telephone # - 
E-mail - 

This conference does not have regular meetings.
St. Joseph Church - Mishawaka
Conference President - Ben Hurst,
Telephone - Home:  574-257-3916
E-mail -

The Conference was started in 1961. We currently have 37 members. Contact parish office @ 255-6134 or current Conference President (Ben Hurst @ 257-3916), also, an invitation is in bulletin every month.

Meetings 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm until 8:00pm in the convent meeting room.  
St. Jude Church
Conference President - Pat McGuire
Email - 

St. Jude SVdP Conference has been serving those in need for over fifty years. Reorganized in February of 2007, we began with fifteen or more new members. Now 48 active and 5 inactive members strong spanning three generations, we currently visit on average 47 households each month. In keeping with the "Rule" of SVdP, we meet weekly: on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month for spiritual growth and conducting business. On the 2nd and 4th Mondays, we congregate at the 5:30 p.m. Mass as a corporate body for spiritual growth. One could say that we operate as a small faith-based community, serving as best we know how, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, those in our St Jude Parish area and in our two twinned Parish Conference areas. Again in keeping with the "Rule" our mission is foremost spiritual and secondarily material. Anyone is encouraged to join our Conference! For more information, call our membership leader, Brent Jagla, at 574-291-5134 or e-mail at

​Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month.
St. Matthew Cathedral
Conference President - Terry Taylor
Telephone # - 574-485-7030
E-mail -
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Nick Burton Photography

Meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
St. Monica Church
Conference President  - Fred Hancock
Telephone # - Home: 574-258-4377
Cell: 574-274-0330
E-mail -
St. Patrick Church

This conference does not have regular meetings.
St. Pius X Church
Conference President – Maggie Smith
Telephone - 574-271-0042
Email -
Website -

Saint Pius X Conference meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. We encourage members to attend for spirituality, fellowship and to learn about home visits and current volunteer opportunities. We serve the needs in Northeast St. Joseph County from U.S. 933 to the Elkhart County Line and are involved in many Society activities.
St. Stanislaus Church
Conference President -  Mark Klota
Telephone - Home:  574-291-8794
E-mail -

This conference does not have regular meetings.
Queen of Peace
President - Cary Tagliaferri
Telephone - Home: 574-255-8281 
Cell: 574-274-3708
E-mail -

Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
​St. Vincent de Paul Church - Elkhart
Conference President - Don Locke 
Telephone # - Home:  574-262-2718
E-mail -

Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month.​