The enormous support and goodwill for the St Vincent de Paul Society has been gratefully acknowledged by the SVP Area President for North Tipperary John Lupton.
At this time of year when so many depend on the SVP to bring some hope and light into their lives and when the SVP make an appeal for additional support at Christmas, the members of SVP, says the Roscrea SVP volunteer, “are always overwhelmed and humbled by the sheer goodness of people and their empathy for those who find themselves in great need which may be any of our story any day.”
The St Vincent de Paul society which was founded by a young law student, Frederick Ozanam, in Paris in 1833 and started in Ireland 170 years ago this year, now has 11,000 volunteers in Ireland, with each working in their own communities towards bringing some hope, some immediate relief and friendship to people while also trying to deal with the core issues of need and poverty. Each group or branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society is called a conference. In the North Tipperary Area of SVdP there are conferences in Nenagh (Ph No: 087 9501954), Cloughjordan/Shinrone (Ph No: 087 2661413), Templemore, Borrisoleigh, Newport and Roscrea (Ph No: 087 9835787). It is hoped to shortly set up a conference for Borrisokane/Lorrha and Templederry. This area is now looked after by the Nenagh Conference. All the conferences in North Tipperary would be delighted to hear from people who would be interested in becoming members. While Mr Lupton says that he believes that all fellow SVP volunteers get great personal fulfilment from SVP membership he “finds it a great privilege to be able to share another’s story from those whom I visit, with an SVP colleague, and they most often do more for me, through sharing with me their story than I could possibly do for them”.