Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Conference



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.

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Open Hand Kitchen

Coordinator: Bob Boone

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. 

Teams of St Frances of Rome parishioners serve at the Open Hand Kitchen throughout the year: we serve Dinner on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm. Volunteers meet at the SVdP Soup Kitchen at 1026 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40203 on the dates you agree to volunteer. If you are interested in helping with this incredible ministry, please contact Bob Boone at (502) 327-0210 or the parish office to get in touch – we would love to have you join us!

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