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GENERAL INFORMATION

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is an international organization of lay persons. Catholic in character, who seek, in a spirit of justice and charity and by person-to-person involvement, to help those who are suffering. To provide this personal and neighborly help, Vincentians organize themselves into small working groups, known as "conferences," which are the first line of action.

Vincentians regard the conference as the paramount unit of SVdP life. It is at this grassroots level that the great majority of Vincentians find themselves engaged in the person-to-person service to those in need. Members may and usually do recognize the importance of higher councils in organizing countywide person-to-person services (for example, food banks and thrift stores) and in developing other special works. But for most, the fundamental Vincentian action is their own and their conference's involvement with troubled persons and families in their immediate neighborhood.

For Vincentians, moreover, this person-to-person work is associated with not just any kind of grouping, but almost always with the parish conference. A strong case can be made for the traditional parish as a logical and desired base for serving people. The trend today is toward decentralization in the providing of social services. This is a move propelled by the anguish of troubled people who so often feel that nobody really cares. Today, many individuals experience a sense of powerlessness in relation to the forces that shape their lives. Bureaucracies often seem just too big and distant. So community welfare planners are increasingly accepting the necessity for getting closer to people, individualizing them and their needs, and offering "nearness" to those wanting help.

PARISH CONFERENCES/PRESIDENTS:

Holy Family Cathedral, Orange
Jeff Vore (714) 239-5762

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport Beach
Guy Lowery (949) 673-3137

Santa Clara de Asis, Yorba Linda
Miriam Soikkeli  (714) 970-7885

Santiago de Compostela, Lake Forest
Jackie Shaw  (949) 460-4220

St. Anne, Santa Ana
Andrea Robinson (714) 542-8200

St. Anthony Claret, Anaheim
Ray Quihuiz   (714) 563-1652

St. Catherine of Siena, Laguna Beach
Ann McEneaney (949) 494-9701

St. Columban, Garden Grove
Patricia Yuasa (714) 539-9133

St. Edward, Dana Point
Delvin Lefner (949) 496-1307

St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, Irvine
Stuart Dale (949) 854-1000

St. Hedwig, Los Alamitos
Don Reiman (562) 296-9000

St. Joachim, Costa Mesa
David Rooney (949) 574-7400

St. John The Baptist, Costa Mesa
Ann Kelly  (714) 284-9190

St. Joseph, Placentia
Maureen Haskins (714) 579-3700

St. Joseph, Santa Ana
Andy Saavedra (714) 550-7101

St. Juliana Falconieri, Fullerton
Paul Durning (714) 879-1965

St. Justin Martyr, Anaheim
Ed Fodor (714) 284-0405

St. Mary, Fullerton
Ted Schraff (714) 525-2500

St. Mary's By The Sea, Huntington Beach
Filipa Chadwich (714) 536-6913

St. Nicholas, Laguna Hills
Jeanne Duffy (949) 837-1090

St. Philip Benizi, Fullerton
Bill Deisenroth (714) 871-9317

St. Pius V, Buena Park
Sandy Cousins (714) 522-6820

St. Polycarp, Stanton
Jiggs Harol (714)890-5203

St. Simon & Jude, Huntington Beach
Gene Huettner (714)964-5818

St. Timothy, Laguna Niguel
Bob Haeussler (949) 249-4091

St. Thomas More, Irvine
Bart Gampon (949)551-8601

St. Vincent de Paul, Huntington Beach
Pat Benfield (714) 842-3000 *8 ext. 19