St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent DePaul, a French priest, began his charitable works in hospitals for the poor, guided orphans & delinquents, provided shelter for the needy, and led prison reforms in France starting in 1617. The society that bears his name is a worldwide Catholic lay organization of men and women of all ages.  It was founded in 1833 by a French college student, Frederic Ozanam, to help alleviate social problems.

The following report of the St. Joan of Arc Conference of St. Vincent de Paul outlines the ministries and projects of our conference. If you would like to serve in one of the ministries or work on a project please call the HELPLINE 508-255-8080.


Annual Report - January 2023

(Fiscal Year: October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022)

Dear Parishioners:

Our St. Vincent de Paul Parish Conference has focused on three areas during our 2022 Fiscal Year: Emergency Assistance, Food Programs, and St. Joseph House.

The board members of our Conference wish to express their gratitude for the tremendous cooperation and generosity demonstrated by the parishioners of St. Joan of Arc Church. Thank you for your continued support.

The officers also wish to express their gratitude to the more than 40 active members, including about 20 Advocates and 10 board members who do much of the necessary work, plus associates, and contributing members. Members of our parish donated over 850 service hours to the organizational activities and charitable works of the Society during the past year. In the last few years, several Vincentians have been trained internally or have attended the Cape and Islands Introduction to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul classes in the spring. 


(1) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED – About 20 volunteers, known as Advocates, have provided immediate relief and counsel, in confidentiality, on a person-to-person basis. The conference has assisted close to 150 families, disbursing $38,096 for shelter, fuel, utilities, medical, auto related, and other needs. In addition, 18 two-day food packs and 33 Stop & Shop food cards were distributed. Volunteers donated over 250 hours to these programs. 

(2) FOOD PROGRAMS – For Thanksgiving, 511 Stop and Shop Gift cards, valued at $12,136, were donated for distribution to our neighbors. This donation was in lieu of our normal food packing and distribution project in view of the Covid pandemic. A spring donation of $1,000 was provided to the “LCOC” (Lower Cape Outreach Council) Main Pantry to assist them in bulk procurement of food and a donation ($1,000) was made to Food 4 Kids - a summer food program for eligible children in our communities. 

(3) ST. JOSEPH HOUSE – We were able to provide monthly food deliveries for about 60 people to clients at St. Joseph House.St. Joan of Arc Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Your generosity has also enabled us to provide these additional services:

Christmas Giving Tree – Forty-six gift cards, valued at $1,150, were distributed to children in families that have been assisted by SVdP in the past year. The Baby Center and the Children’s Place received a combined total of $1,483 in clothing purchased with donated gift cards. Additionally, the Baby Center received $375 in gift cards and the Children’s place $700 in gift cards. The Orleans Elementary School received a total of $2,785 in gift cards. Volunteers devoted about 90 hours.

Twinning – Our Parish Conference has provided $6,600 in assistance to Vincentian Conferences, foreign and domestic, that lack resources. Your generosity allows our Parish Conference to "twin" with a foreign SVdP Conferences in Colombia, our sister parish in Kenya, and with a domestic SVdP Conference in Attleboro. 

Housing With Love – Our Parish Conference was happy to contribute $7,422 to the District Housing with Love effort. This contribution was directly due to the generosity of our parish family in a special collection for the purpose.

Recovery at Canal House (CDP-COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP) We provided support for appropriate housing for working individuals in recovery from substance abuse, in addition to a $1,000 cash contribution.

Habitat for Humanity – Our March Harvest Sunday donations provided $837 for the work of Habitat in our community.

Other – We also provided in-person and/or financial support for St. Joseph House, CapeAbilities ($2,500) and Cape Cod Children’s Place ($4,000). 

If you need assistance, please call our HELPLINE – 508-255-8080.

If you would like to help us, please call our HELPLINE, leave your name, and telephone number and we will contact you.  New volunteers are always needed and welcome.

Our Conference participates in the SVdP Car Donation Program. Flyers are available at all the doors to the Church. Call 800-322-8284 or go to www.svdpusacars.com  

Our funds have been provided through generous donations from you, our parishioners, on Harvest Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation, and through the poor boxes in conjunction with the generosity of Father Steve.

Thank you for helping us to help others.


The St. Joan of Arc Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul  


The St. Joan of Arc Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

President Al Alfano
Vice President Bernie Cropsey
Treasurer Tom Harper
Secretary Carmella Alfano