Christ The King Parish
Serving Parishioners of the Comox Valley

St. Vincent de Paul Society

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Frederic Ozanam, a 20-year old university student, founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris in 1833. Frederic was aided by a small group of his fellow students who dedicated themselves to serving the poor by visiting and befriending them while providing emergency assistance such as food, clothing, comforts, and, where appropriate, spiritual guidance. They named their Society after St. Vincent de Paul, a priest of the early 1600’s, who had devoted his life to founding charitable organizations to meet the needs of the poor and less fortunate. Dedicated to serving people’s needs in today’s environment, the Society exists in 120 countries throughout the world, comprising 38,000 conferences with 950,000 members. The Society was established in Canada in 1846 and on Vancouver Island in 1916. Christ the King Conference of the Comox Valley was formed in 1995. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is open to all who wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbour. Vincentians (Members) – attend regular meetings - pray together - collect and distribute food & aid to those in need.

Meetings: 4th Monday of each month - 6:45 Rosary – 7:00 Meeting @ Assisi Hall, Christ the King Church, Tunner Drive, Courtenay.


- the Society is a registered non-profit organization

- most of our operating revenue comes from the parishioners of Christ the King Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s League, and the Knights of Columbus

- at the Saturday evening 5 p.m. Mass, people are encouraged to bring food items as well as their financial offering – items are used to assist in making up food hampers for visits

- “silent begging” is also carried out by Vincentians at all Masses on 3rd weekend of each month

- $11,000 was received in 2002 and 2003 from the Thrift Store

- 100% of ALL donations are used for direct assistance to the needy


HOME VISITS - Our principle activity is emergency home visits made in response to requests for assistance through our “Dispatcher” (call 334-0070) who in turn engages one of our Vincentian Teams to carry out the visit. Assistance is usually in the form of a food hamper and/or a food voucher to a local store. Our Conference averages 35 visits per month. Quality Foods & Zellers allow us to redeem points for coupons which replenish our food hamper cupboard.

SONSHINE LUNCH CLUB – as part of the local “Sonshine Lunch Club” every Monday at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay. Our group serves hot lunches to over 200 people on a regular basis. Vincentians and volunteers from our Church and Comox Valley community make and donate the soup. We collect sales slips from two local supermarkets (Thrifty Foods & Super Value) and redeem these for gift certificates which totaled over $2500.00 during the past year. With these, we purchase supplies, thus helping in the cost of operating the club.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT – “Twinning” is a special work of the Society that is done between Conferences all over the world. Christ the King Conference is twinned with a conference in Sri Lanka. We send financial support and keep in touch through regular correspondence. At various times of the year, the Society also provides aid through our National and International offices to areas of disaster and crisis throughout the world.

Date last updated: 9 Nov. 2009

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