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Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Conference

Chair: David Dutschke


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established in Paris, France in 1833.  Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853), a young college student and lawyer, began the association with other college-age friends, Sister Rosalie Rendu, and others in the Catholic Church in Paris.  This society was a spiritual and pastoral reaction against societal indifference to people living on the margins.

International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Society of St. Vincent de Paul – USA


Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Louisville



SVDP at St. Leonard

The St. Leonard chapter of SVDP was established in 1960.  The purpose of our SVDP conference is to grow in holiness by responding to neighbors in need.  Our team of about 15 parishioners provide person-to-person assistance with rent, utilities payments, and other needs to residents of the 40206 zip code.  The work of our SVDP chapter is funded entirely by parishioner donations (either digitally or through the green envelopes in your parish envelope packet).  During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, home visits have been suspended, but our SVDP team continues to respond to requests for help over the phone.

In spring 2021, our SVDP conference is partnering with the Leonard Ladies to create “exit baskets” for men moving from the Ozanam Inn shelter into more permanent housing.  Contact Maureen Volz if you are interested in helping with this initiative!


Are you or a neighbor in need of financial assistance?  Contact our parish office at 502-897-2595 and ask for St. Vincent de Paul.


Open Hand Kitchen

Coordinator: Marilyn Meredith

The Open Hand Kitchen, a ministry of SVDP Louisville, at 1026 South Jackson St., serves free meals to shelter clients as well as the poor and working poor in our community.  We are open 365 days a year, serving two nutritious meals each day, at 12 pm and 5 pm. The cafeteria-style dining room offers our guests an entrée, vegetables, salad, dessert, bread, and beverage.  Four teams of St. Leonard parishioners serve at the Open Hand Kitchen throughout the year.  Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, all meals are takeaway until it’s safe to open the dining room again.

Open Hand Kitchen website


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