Rich Maley
Spiritual Advisor
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Concord-Carlisle Conference

A note from our spiritual advisor

Dear fellow Vincentians and Friends,

As we enter a new year, our SVdP Conference wishes to acknowledge and thank the many generous members and supporters who help us accomplish our mission of charity to those in need. May you and your loved ones be blessed with good health, happiness, joy, and continued strong faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As part of your resolutions for this year, please remember to spend some time conversing with Him as part of your daily routine.
This past week I received a prayer card from the Salesian Missions in New Rochelle, New York that seems to be appropriate to share at this time.

Lord, we pray that this New Year will bring us closer to You. Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You have graciously given us and use them to serve You and spread Your word. May we also see and love You in all the people we meet, so that in turn, they can see You in us. In this New Year, let us realize that every action of ours, no matter how great or small, enables us to be in touch with You. Let us accept You in our lives, in the way it pleases You, as Truth, to be spoken, as Life to be lived, as Light, to be lighted, as Love, to be followed, as Joy, to be given, as Peace, to be spread about, as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives, friends, neighbors, and all people. Amen.

May God Bless you and your family in this New Year.


An evening prayer

Dear Lord, as the day draws to a close, help to quiet my mind and to find peace. Let my troubles and concerns rest so that, when I awake, You and I can  sort them out together. In the new day, guide me to use the resources I have and to gratefully accept help from others. Let me share my time and talents freely to bring light and peace to another neighbor in need. Amen.

T. D., St. Vincent de Paul Volunteer

A visit to the tomb of Frederic Ozanam

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam, a 20-year-old law student, who lived during the time of Les Miserables in Paris. His dual mission of providing financial support and growing in faith by the sharing of love, gifts and grace has evolved into a world-wide volunteer organization.

This video includes a discussion of the life and times of Frederic Ozanam along with a visit to his burial place in the crypt of the historic church of St. Joseph des Carmes in Paris.