President General Update During Covid Crisis

Our President General, Renato de Oliviera, has published an update to all members through the SSVP International website. He acknowledges the difficulties our Society faces in being able to be with the poor at this time.

“Our members, in their Conferences and parishes, have suffered a lot since the traditional charitable actions couldn’t be undertaken with the usual effectiveness. Home visits to the poor, formation/training courses, in-person meetings, maintenance of our special works and the regular activity of our shops (thrift stores), among other areas, have been severely affected. With the pandemic, poverty, hunger and the unemployment rate have increased.

The Council General International (CGI) of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) cannot turn a blind eye on the situation; to that end, a myriad of actions has been implemented to address the issues in these difficult times, humbly begging God to help us defeat this pandemic, so that we can get back to normal quickly.”

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