Conferences are parish and/or community based groups of lay volunteers called Vincentians that provide direct services and referrals to poor and needy individuals and families. The Vincentians are critical to St. Vincent de Paul’s operations because they provide a dedicated volunteer base to ensure that people in need of shelter, clothes, food, and other essential items receive what they need in a timely manner. By becoming personally involved in their community, Conference members seek to grow and develop in their spiritual lives.
In the parish, Conferences work to serve the poor within their local communities. They obtain their funding through regular and special collections at the parish, fund raising events and member donations.
Conferences also have been organized at schools, universities, hospitals, prisons and other places where they can be of service meeting the corporal and spiritual needs of others. Each Conference decides what programs and services they will offer, based on the needs of their local community and neighbors.
The Sacramento District Council unites and supports more than 40 conferences which are organized in Catholic parishes throughout the Sacramento Diocese.
Together we serve the communities of:
- Citrus Heights
- Elk Grove
- Ft. Jones
- Greater Sacramento
- Mt. Shasta
- Suisun City
- West Sacramento