In response to the gospel call to love one another and be of service, the OLGC / All Hallows Conference of the Society responds to calls from people in need in the parish by providing food, clothing, utilities and other forms of assistance. The Conference also responds to people in Prahran, St Kilda, South Melbourne, Richmond, Fitzroy and Carlton.
The Society is a component of the Outreach pillar of the Parish. As such the Society provides an opportunity for members of the OLGC / All Hallows parishes to witness Christ in their own way and to support and recognise Christ in others through the activities of the Society.
The OLGC / All Hallows Conference is part of the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria. The Society is governed by an elected State Council consisting of 14 members, representing the members and volunteers, and overseeing the direction and strategic guidance of the Society. The Society in Victoria is represented at the national Council by the Victorian State President. At an international level, the St Vincent de Paul Society is united in its spirituality and management through an International Confederation of the St Vincent de Paul Society, which is presided over by the President General.
The OLGC / All Hallows Conference is always looking for volunteers to assist with one or more of the society’s activities. This involvement can be matched with volunteers’ availability (once a year to many times a week) and interests.
The Society within OLGC / All Hallows provides opportunities to live the gospel message in variety of ways the most ongoing of these include:
visiting people in their homes in the parish area and in inner suburbs, to help find the most appropriate response to the person’s or family’s needs;
working as a volunteer in the Hawthorn and East Kew Vinnies Centres which provide furniture, clothing and household goods to families and people who are in need;
delivering bread to families in need in our local area;
packing and delivering food hampers for needy families at Christmas;
providing financial assistance to our 10 twin conferences in the Philippines, India and Burma; and
providing administrative support at the Society’s central office supporting Society’s activities throughout Victoria by way of assisting with mail outs, filing, and receiving calls for assistance at the State Call Centre.
How to Join
If you are interested in finding our more about the work of St Vincent de Paul or would like to volunteer or become a member, please contact Michael Ryan.