This week David Keegan shares the story of a group that shares Christ’s love with outstretched hands and open hearts.

Saint Joseph’s St Vincent De Paul Conference Toronto goes back a long way in this region. My first connection was in 1960. I was 15 when my father Matt Keegan introduced me to Toronto SVDP. In those days I remember Lennie Campbell, Richie Fennell and Peter Murray. They were part of a group showing great leadership and works of charity. They helped so many through their Vincentian spirituality. These great and pious men were so inspiring. They supported those in need around our region of Toronto. Generally, their good works were unknown to most within the parish community. They collectively demonstrated love by unselfishly helping anyone in need. Without recognition they delivered help to so many families who were poor and suffering in a time of difficulty. Often these people are unseen and rely on the goodness of people such as our SVDP members. Their Vincentian spirit in helping so many has been embedded in my soul and has stayed with me all my life.

“I was hungry and you gave me food; thirsty and you gave me drink; a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me; sick and you cared for me; in prison and you visited me.” (Matt 25: 35-36)

Your current SVDP conference members are a small but dedicated group. They do not seek recognition or publicity. There are currently eleven active members in Saint Joseph’s SVDP. They freely donate their time to visiting and caring for the homeless, single mothers, stay at home fathers, unemployed, lonely, drug dependent, elderly, lonely, anyone who needs assistance giving them a LIFT UP in life. They do this without question, freely helping up people wherever they can. They have gifted many lives for the better, channelling a change of direction of hope and achieving results that might never have happened without SVDP’s help.

Our parish has a great history in helping those who have needed assistance. St Vincent de Paul (1581 – 1660) inspires us in our vocations to work with and for those most powerless and marginalised. We strive to be active in a quiet, gentle loving way.

We are always looking for others to join our Conference.

Talk to David or Jenny Keegan.

Thank you for your love and support.

We thank you for your prayers and help.

The St Vincent de Paul Society logo incorporates the symbol of three hands which represent:

The hand of Christ that blesses the cup

The hand of love that offers the cup

The hand of suffering that receives the cup