Serving Our Neighbors in Need

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul



Works of Mercy


The Belleville Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to helping the poor of Southern Illinois. Our members are committed to fighting hunger, homelessness, and poverty. The parish conferences and special works conference reach out to offer assistance with utilities, rent, food, clothing, automobile, gas, medical,  prescriptions, and many other needs. We partner with other agencies,  churches, and organizations and utilize community resources to help in the best way possible. Our faith guides our desire to serve. 



Works of Mercy


Through the eyes of Christ .... Always seeking the Face of Christ

At  the heart of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the ardent desire to  find Christ in others. We endeavor to see the poor through the eyes of  Christ, always striving to recognize the face of Christ in those we  serve.

"Jesus, Evangelizer of the Poor"

The  Spirituality of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is based upon  evangelizing the poor and finding Jesus in them. Jesus, the perfect  "evangelizer of the poor" gave us the example for serving the poor in order to grow in spirituality and holiness.

Compassion  and kindness guide all action and this action is modeled after the  Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. We are committed to living out  our faith through charitable works and unconditional love.


Works of Mercy

Works of Mercy

Works of Mercy

 The Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Admonish the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dead


Our Vincentian Heritage

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The History of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The  Society of St. Vincent de Paul embraces the spirit, tradition, and  spirituality of the Apostle of Charity and Father of the Poor: Saint  Vincent de Paul.


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was started in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam. A student at the  School of Law in Sorbonne, France, Frédéric collaborated with Mr. Emmanuel Bailly, editor of the Tribune Catholique, in reviving a student  organization which had been suspended during the revolutionary activity  of July 1830. They called their new association "The Conference of  History." And they met on Saturdays to discuss various topics,  everything but politics. At one of their meetings, a student challenged  Frédéric and the practicing Catholics. He admitted that the Catholic  Church had done much good work in the past, but "what do you do now?"

On  April 23, 1833, Frederic's 20th birthday, he called for a meeting of  five of his friends. Inspired by their words, Frédéric decided to found  the "Conference of Charity" to assist the poor. Emmanuel Bailly, the  married layman, was chosen by the six students as their first President.  In a short time, they changed their name to The Society of St. Vincent  de Paul in honor of their patron. Today, the Society of St. Vincent de  Paul has more than 750,000 active members in 142 countries.

St. Louis, Missouri

The  Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established in St. Louis, Missouri  at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, popularly called "The Old  Cathedral," in 1845. Bishop Peter Richard Kenrick, successor of the  first Bishop of St. Louis, Joseph Rosati, CM, asked Father Ambrose Heim  to establish the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and be its Spiritual  Advisor.

The first meeting was held on November 20, 1845, only  twelve years after its foundation in Paris. Nineteen of the most  prominent Catholic laymen of St. Louis attended. Dr. Moses Linton was  elected President; Bryan Mullanphy, Vice President; Dennis Galvin,  Second Vice President; James Maguire Jr., Secretary; Patrick Ryder,  Treasurer; and Fr. Ambrose Heim, Spiritual Advisor. The Conference was  aggregated (formally recognized) by the Society's International Council  in Paris on February 2, 1846.

Belleville Illinois Council

The Belleville Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was  established in 1917 and serves the people of Southern Illinois in the  Diocese of Belleville. It covers an area of 11,678 miles in the 28  southernmost counties in Illinois. According to the U.S. Census bureau,  the 18 counties ranked highest in poverty in the State of Illinois are  all located within our diocese. Our Council is composed of 19 parish  based "Conferences" throughout the diocese that reach out to serve the  poor. Last year, our active membership of 223 volunteers helped more  than 32,000 individuals and donated more than 26,000 hours of service to  the poor throughout Southern Illinois. In addition, our special works  in East St. Louis reached out to the poorest of the poor 6 days a week  to help more than 300 people a day with food, clothing, and other basic  necessities essential to survival.

Our Future

Our  Vincentian Heritage seeks to identify us to Jesus Christ as  "evangelizer of the poor" and challenges all members to work within the  world of the poor to confront injustice and bring social and economic  change and solutions.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Belleville Council


How to Become a Vincentian

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul embrace the charism and  spirituality of our Patron Saint, Vincent de Paul. His love and service  to the poor are an example for us today to "evangelize the poor" and  bring to them the wholeness of the love of Jesus Christ in a broken  world.

For more information on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and how you can become involved, please contact us at:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Belleville Council
# 13 Vieux Carre
PO Box 3415
East St. Louis, Illinois 62203
Phone: 618-394-0126

Board of Directors and Committees

Board of Directors, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Belleville Illinois Council

  • President Charlie Cullen
  • Vice President Joseph Hubbard
  • Treasurer Carol Williamson
  • Secretary Diane Herrmann


  • Bus Committee
  • Events & Fundraising Committee
  • Extension Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Hospitality Committee
  • Kitchen Committee
  • Public Relations & Marketing Committee
  • Risk Management Committee
  • Special Programs Committee
  • Spirituality Committee
  • Store Committee
  • Voice of the Poor Committee
  • Volunteers Committee
  • Young Vincentians Committee

If you or someone you know would like to serve on one of the above committees,

please contact Pat Hogrebe at 618-799-8505.

            Pat Hogrebe, Executive Director
            Society of St. Vincent de Paul
            Belleville, IL Council

Belleville Council Conferences

The Belleville Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul seeks to  serve the needy throughout Southern Illinois. Core services are offered  through a local parish group known as a "conference" mirrored after  that first "Conference of Charity." Our 18 area conferences provide  assistance with rent, utilities, gas, transportation, vehicle repairs,  pharmacy, doctor visits, food, clothing, and other basic essentials.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides a presence of the church  and we evangelize by our actions and by our charity. It is our hope that  through our efforts, those we serve will embrace the love of Jesus  Christ.

Conferences are the basic unit of organization and the service they give is the heart of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Blessed Sacrament Conference
8707 West Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62223
Contact: 618-397-2287 extension #2

Holy Childhood of Jesus Conference
104 North Independence
PO Box 160
Mascoutah, Illinois 62258
Contact: 618-566-2958

Holy Family Conference
116 Church Street
Cahokia, IL 62206
Contact: 618-337-4548

Immaculate Conception Conference
117 East Madison Street
Columbia, Illinois 62236
Contact: 618-281-5105

Queen of Peace Conference
5923 North Belt West
Belleville, IL 62223-4299
contact 618-234-6196

Special Works Conference
#13 Vieux Carre
East St. Louis, Illinois 62203
Contact: 618-398-5616

St. Augustine of Hippo Conference
408 Columbia Place
East St. Louis, Illinois 62205
Contact: 618-274-0655

St. Boniface Conference
402 Munster Street
P.O. Box 280
Germantown, IL 62245
Contact: 618-523-4271

St. Bruno Conference
204 N. Gordon Street
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Contact: 618-357-5510

St. Clare/St. Nicholas/Corpus Christi Conference
O'Fallon, Illinois
Contact: 618-632-4270

    St. Clare of Assisi
    1411 Cross
    O'Fallon, IL 62269           

     St. Nicholas
     625 St. Nicholas Drive
     O'Fallon, IL 62269 


Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Conference
204 West Mill St.
Waterloo, IL 62298
contact 618-939-6426

St. Henry Conference
5315 West Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62226
Contact: 618-463-2411

St. James Conference
405 West Madison
Millstadt, Illinois
Contact: 476-3513

St. Joseph Conference
901 N. Alton
Lebanon, Illinois 62254
Contact: 618-537-2575

St. Luke Conference
301 North Church Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Contact: 233-0076

St. Mary Conference
1722 West Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62226
Contact: 618-233-2391

St. Peter Cathedral Conference
200 W. Harrison Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Contact: 618-277-7837

St. Stephen/Holy Trinity Conference
Contact: 618-397-2218

    St. Stephen Catholic Church
    901 S. Main Street
    PO Box 458
    Caseyville, IL 62232           

    Holy Trinity Catholic Church
    505 Fountains Parkway
    Fairview Heights, IL 62208    

St Teresa Conference
1201 Lebanon Ave.
Belleville, Illinois 62221
Contact: 618-233-6461