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May 1 2015

Spiritual Reflection for May

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section:

From the beginning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the central and most basic activity of Conferences has been the visitation of the needy in their home. This action is the clearest symbol of the Vincentian charism, which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor; the visitor becomes the guest and the person being helped is the master. 

To read more, please click on this link: Reflection-May-2015

May 1 2015

Earthquake in Nepal and Tropical Cyclone in Vanuatu– URGENT APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF ASSISTANCE

Dear Vincentians,

As you all know, a severe earthquake in Nepal on Saturday April 25, has cause enormous destruction of habitats and infrastructures.   The latest estimates placed over 5,000 deaths and close to a million displaced.

Moreover, on March 13,2015 a powerful tropical Cyclone crossed the islands that comprised the archipelago of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.  This has cause several hundred deaths and thousands of misplaced people from their homes.

As a result of these terrible catastrophes, the President General, in the letter attache, has launched an international appeal for donations. I am soliciting the generosity of each Vincentian, Conference and Council that can afford it to send their donation to the National Council of Canada, 2463, Innes Rd, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 3K3. All donations received will be forwarded to the International Council General as instructed.

I  also ask  Vincentians to keep the people of Nepal and of the archipelago of Vanuatu, in their prayers in this moment of great suffering.

Thank you for your generosity, God bless.

Jean-Noël Cormier
National President

PDF : Letter CGI - Appeal for donation

April 29 2015

Nepal Urgency - Message from CGI

We are very sad to learn of the tragedy that struck Nepal in the form of a violent earthquake on Saturday 25 April. The first pictures sent by the media show the impact and the distress of the people in the affected zones. The number of victims is rising hour by hour, the centre of Kathmandu is devastated, and strong aftershocks have caused panic among survivors.

The International General Council has been in touch with local contacts such as Joseph Pandian (Territorial Vice-President), Elizabeth Loo (national twinning coordinator in Malaysia – a country twinned with Nepal). They have been able to get in touch with fellow members in Kathmandu who are currently meeting as a crisis group to organise help for victims.

The conference in Godavari (Eastern Nepal) responded at once by sending tents to shelter families who have lost their homes. Our brothers Joseph Pandian and Gabriel Mondal (Western Asia Regional Coordinator) are working together to organise the help for victims.

According to Elizabeth Loo, the Tipling conference (in a mountainous region) has been badly affected by the earthquake.

The General Council has decided to release emergency aid at once, followed by  a second instalment of funds, as soon as the position and the current needs have been properly assessed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal and with our Vincentian brothers and sisters, in this country whose first conferences were formed in 2010, and where a training meeting took place only a few weeks ago.

April 4 2015

Happy Easter


April 1 2015

Spiritual Reflection for April

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section: Easter 2015

As I look back on the many early Easter mornings, when, after rubbing sleep out of my eyes, I opened the parish church to inaugurate the radiant Easter morning, the liturgies of Good Friday were in the past, much like a bad dream.

To read more, please click on this link: Easter-2015

March 29 2015


On Thursday, March 26, 2015, John Chin of Edmonton passed away peacefully with family and friends by his side, at the age of 74 years. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Jacqueline (Bill) Cheavins and her mom Angela Chelliah; brother Sebastian and family as well as nieces, nephews and many dear friends. 

John was a devoted father and deeply enjoyed helping those in need through his charitable works with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

John has been with SSVP since it’s early start up in Edmonton almost 20 years ago. He served as President of the Basilica Conference, Chairman of the Grants Committee, Chairman of the Building Committee, and most recently Co Chair of the SSVP National AGA in Edmonton in 2014. 

A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Joseph's Basilica, 10044-113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta. 

For those who wish, charitable donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Edmonton Central Council Building Fund, PO Box 11532 Station Main, Edmonton, AB T5J 3K7. 

March 7 2015

SSVP Twinning - Facebook Group

If you have a Facebook page, we invite you to join our Twinning group on Facebook. Please click on this link:

Or type the following words in Facebook's seach: SSVP Canada Twinning-Jumelage

We created this group so that Vincentians can exchange their twinning experiences and photos. This group is an interactive social network. If possibile, invite your twins to join this group. This group is an additional tool and will not replace the regular correspondence between the National Council of Canada and its conferences.

March 6 2015

The Season of Lent

During this Holiest of all seasons most of us try and do something special in remembrance of what the Father has done for us. Many “give up” something we enjoy in respect of the season. I am confident that our God is pleased that we make these scarifies. Our God of love and compassion would also want us to give to one another and to love one another. One way to show that love is to pray for one another. There are many people who are suffering and being persecuted in our world and we need to pray for them. We are asking all members to take time each day and remember and pray for all who are suffering.

May the Peace of Christ be with all of us and may He hold all of us in the palm of His hand.

March 5 2015

Emmanuel Bailly Scholarship

It is now time to select another recipient for the Emmanuel Bailly Scholarship.

The Emmanuel Bailly Scholarship is an initiative of the National Council of Canada of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. It was created to reward young Vincentians who have to combine their studies and volunteer work. In addition to attending school and often working part time, young Vincentians find time and energy to help the less privileged of their community.  The National Council of Canada wishes to reward them, for exceptional contribution, by offering a bursary of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) in Canadian currency and a merit certificate.

The scholarship is awarded to a Vincentian student who clearly stood out during the year.  The bursary is to help the recipient pursue his/her studies and fulfil professional ambitions. 

The National Council must receive all application materials by March 31 of each year.

Applications are accepted by mail to the National Council office or email to Applications submitted by email are to be sent as a PDF document. 

For information and application, please download PDF document: APPLICATION


March 3 2015

Spiritual Reflection for March

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section:


When the first conferences of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul were established in France, the religious context was not much more faith oriented than it is today. Frederic Ozanam and his companions, in response to political and religious turmoil of his time, and finding inspiration in the gestures and actions of Saint Vincent de Paul, give the Christian faith meaning and a place, thus participating in a new evangelization through charitable service.

To read more, please click on this link: March-2015