Twinning

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, the largest lay Catholic international organization, continually seeks to realize its potential to spread throughout the world into many different nations and cultures for the service of the poorest. Twinning is the awareness of acute poverty in a great number of countries and the Vincentian preferential option for the poor spurs conferences to assist others with fewer resources. It is the direct link between two Conferences or Councils, consisting of sharing prayers, a profound friendship and material resources. It is an activity of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul which contributes to world peace and to understanding and cultural exchange among peoples.

Twinning is a fundamental activity of the Society and it is the expression of Vincentian fraternity and solidarity. Friendship is the hallmark of the Society and twinning is a form of our Christian solidarity. Twinning helps a conference fulfil the universal mission of charity. The Society is a Christian family whose members share their resources, experiences and support each other in their Vincentian vocation.

As part of the Society, the conference of St. Aloysius has answered the call to help those less fortunate in our hemisphere and established twinning relationships with two organizations in Peru, the Villa Infantil Fredrico Ozanam and the conference of St. Catherine Laboure Church.

The Villa, an orphanage located in the District of Chilca (about 50 miles from the Nation’s capital, Lima) presently houses 20 girls and boys, providing them with basic necessities, education, and medical care. It was established in 1976 to fight the effects of poverty and orphaned children because of a 1970 earthquake.

Volunteers of the Conference of St. Catherine Laboure serve the poor in their parish by providing food and provisions including water, carrying baskets of provisions to numerous very poor families in the hillside district. The area does not have water, electricity, or a drainage system. They also help with medicines, hospitalizations, and any medical attention they can offer to those in need.

Members of the conference of St. Aloysius collect donations after Masses on Community Sundays, the third Sunday of each month.