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St Vincent De Paul


svpThe past pupils conference of St Vincent de Paul, Belvedere College is officially known as St Stanislaus Conference. St Stanislaus Kostka was a 16th century Polish Jesuit novice who died on the Feast of the Assumption 1568 at the tragic age of 17. His determination to enter the Jesuits was such that despite serious resistance from his family, he made a 500 mile journey on foot to Rome to seek entry. We hope our determination to assist the poor measures up to some extent to his determination.The conference has been in existence for over 60 years and many illustrious Belvederians have been associated with it. In particular, the late Fr Peadar MacSeumais had a very fruitful association with us as spiritual adviser and earned the deserved admiration and respect of the members in that role.

Our work largely covers the area behind Belvedere, the Hardwicke Street flat complex. However we also look after a number of houses in adjacent streets. Some of our houses are “step up” facilities. They house people who have either lived on the streets or might otherwise be on the streets. These people have many many problems and require particular care and attention. This has absorbed more of our time in recent years. Happily a number of our clients have moved on to better things, having established a degree of stability in their lives.

Our work involves visiting people, assisting financially where necessary, but largely on an occasional basis. We place a great store on education and try and assist in this area where possible. We deliver hampers to all of our clients at Christmas, which is usually the busiest period of the year. We meet Tuesday night every week at the College. 

We operate in the region known as Dublin North Central, which covers some of the least affluent areas in the country. We are one of the minority of conferences in the area which is financially self sufficient. This is entirely due to the generosity of the Old Belvedere Community, which responds with generosity year on year to our annual appeal. This is of enormous significance to us, as it means we can devote our time to our work. Our donors are sometimes anonymous, but they can rest assured that their help is absolutely invaluable.”

Contact Person:  Brendan Heneghan

Email:  brendanpheneghan@gmail.com

Mobile  086 8120214 

Meeting every Tuesday at Belvedere College 8.15pm

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