A new television series, “Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul,” will feature local St. Vincent de Paul Society members (Vincentians) and highlight the ministry being done in Orlando. The 10-episode series will follow Vincentians on their spiritual growth journey through service to people and families in need.
The St. Vincent de Paul Orlando Conference will be featured in episode one, “Home Visits, Homelessness and Home from Incarceration” and will show Vincentians in a home visit with a family in need, helping the homeless in a downtown shelter and working with returning citizens through prison ministry. The Orlando conference will also be shown in episode seven, “Short-Term and Long-Term Help” which explores the ways the Society helps move people out of poverty.
“Our Vincentians minister and provide care and comfort to individuals and families who live in low-budget motels, in the shadow of the area’s theme parks,” explained Trace Trylko, St. Vincent de Paul Orlando executive director.
Other episodes will show the Society’s traditional home visits, food pantries, assistance with rent and utilities, innovative health care and financial and mentoring programs. Viewers will discover how the Society’s members see the face of Christ in the people they encounter.
“We’re encouraged that over time the series will lead to more people wanting to grow spiritually through service to the Society. We’re also hopeful it will increase the positive community support of the Society, most of all, we pray it will lead to viewers keeping our Vincentians and the people we serve in prayer.
To watch, tune in to EWTN Sundays at 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning March 4, and Saturdays at 6 p.m. beginning March 10.
One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdpusa.org) is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of about 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents.
By Elizabeth Wilson, Florida Catholic Correspondent – February 14, 2018