Conferences

The core of our Society’s work is done by more than 500 members in 18+ St. Vincent de Paul Conferences across St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.  A conference is a small group of volunteers, typically associated with a parish or school, who visit those in need to assess their situations and help however possible. The home visit is a trademark of our Society.  It was initiated by our founder, Frederic Ozanam, as he assisted the poor in Paris.  Frederic believed that "the work of the Society should not be conducted in a comfortable meeting room but rather in the cheerless attic tenement, or in the sick room, the jail, the hospital, the old age home or any place where love is needed."

Conferences support their clients with a wide range of offerings. They may provide rental assistance, help with utility bills, medicine, food and clothing. Some of the conferences even have their own food pantry. Conferences will typically provide special food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Often, parishes will join with the St Vincent de Paul Conference to buy gifts for families at Christmas.  But more important than the physical aid given, the conferences provide friendship and spiritual support to the people they help. 

Conferences in alphabetical order

Amy Potter
Conference Services Coordinator

Contact Amy for information on
conferences, Vincentian training and spirituality training.


574-234-6000, Extension 132

amy.potter@svdpsb.org 

Holy Cross Church

1050 Wilber St.
South Bend, IN 46628


Conference President - Ted Wasielewski
 

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Holy Family Church

56405 Mayflower Road

South Bend, IN 46619


Conference President - Kurt Schweitzer
 

Meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of each month after the 9:00am Mass in the rectory basement meeting room.

Our Lady of Hungary Church

829 W. Calvert St.
South Bend, IN 46613


Conference President - TJ Papp
 

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Queen of Peace

4508 Vistula Road

Mishawaka IN 46544 


President - Cary Tagliaferri

Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Basilica (ND)

101 Basilica Drive

Notre Dame, IN 46556


Conference President - Paul Thornton

Meetings are held quarterly on the first Saturday in the months of February, May, August & November.  Meetings begin at 10:00. 

St. Adalbert Church

2505 W. Grace Street
South Bend, Indiana


Conference President - Dave Thomas

This conference does not have regular meetings.

St. Anthony Church

2114 E. Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend, IN  46617


Conference President - Mary Froning
 

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

St. Augustine Church

1501 W. Washington St.

South Bend, IN 46628


Conference President  - Annie Tardy
 

This conference does not have regular meetings.

St. Bavo Church

511 W 7th St.

Mishawaka, IN 46544


Conference President - Karen Dwyer (Acting)
 

The St. Bavo St. Vincent de Paul Society was re-organized in January 2005.  We serve the needs of our neighbors on the southwest side of Mishawaka by providing direct assistance and participating in Stuff-A-Truck, Eric’s Promise, and the Christmas Program. The Conference meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C of the Parish Center. 

For information, please contact: Beth Klein at beth.gelroth.klein@gmail.com or 574-255-6024; Karen Dwyer at kdwyer@thejewishfed.org or 574-232-4874

Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.

St. John the Baptist Church

526 St Johns Way

South Bend, IN 46628


President - 
 

This conference does not have regular meetings.

St. Joseph Church - Mishawaka

225 South Mill Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544


Conference President - Ben Hurst
 

The Conference was started in 1961. We currently have 37 members. Contact parish office @ 255-6134 or current Conference President (Ben Hurst @ 257-3916), also, an invitation is in bulletin every month.

Meetings 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm until 8:00pm in the convent meeting room.  

St. Joseph Church - South Bend

226 N. Hill St.

South Bend, Indiana 46617


Conference President - Roger Jacobs

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

St. Jude Church

19704 Johnson Road

South Bend, IN 46614


Conference President - Pat McGuire

St. Jude SVdP Conference has been serving those in need for over fifty years. Reorganized in February of 2007, we began with fifteen or more new members. Now 48 active and 5 inactive members strong spanning three generations, we currently visit on average 47 households each month. In keeping with the "Rule" of SVdP, we meet weekly: on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month for spiritual growth and conducting business. On the 2nd and 4th Mondays, we congregate at the 5:30 p.m. Mass as a corporate body for spiritual growth. One could say that we operate as a small faith-based community, serving as best we know how, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, those in our St Jude Parish area and in our two twinned Parish Conference areas. Again in keeping with the "Rule" our mission is foremost spiritual and secondarily material. Anyone is encouraged to join our Conference! For more information, call our membership leader, Brent Jagla, at 574-291-5134 or e-mail at bejagla@gmail.com.

​Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month.

St. Matthew Cathedral

1701 Miami Street
South Bend, IN 46613


Conference President - Charles Dettmer

Meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month

St. Monica Church

222 W. Mishawaka Ave.
Mishawaka, IN 46545


Conference President  - Fred Hancock
 

St. Patrick Church

309 S. Taylor St.
South Bend IN 46601

This conference does not have regular meetings.

St. Pius X Church

52553 Fir Road

Granger, IN 46530 


Conference President – Paul Krizman
 

Saint Pius X Conference meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. We encourage members to attend for spirituality, fellowship and to learn about home visits and current volunteer opportunities. We serve the needs in Northeast St. Joseph County from U.S. 933 to the Elkhart County Line and are involved in many Society activities.

St. Stanislaus Church

415 North Brookfield Street

South Bend, IN 46628


Conference President -  Mark Klota
 

This conference does not have regular meetings.

 

St. Vincent de Paul Church - Elkhart

1108 S Main St,

Elkhart, IN 46516


Conference President - Don Locke 
 

Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month.​

St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County

520 Crescent Avenue

South Bend, IN 46617

574-234-6000

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