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First Conference, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

1845 - 1945

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, September 12, 2017
1. First Conference, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Marker
Inscription.
The First Conference of
The Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul
in the United States
was organized here at
this venerable cathedral
one hundred years ago.
The delegates of the
Society in convention
assembled, Oct. 1, 1945
place this tablet to
commemorate the
centennial of the
foundation.

 
Erected 1945 by The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
 
Location. 38° 37.432′ N, 90° 11.234′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Walnut Street east of Memorial Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted above eye-level, directly on the right-front wall of the Old Cathedral - Basilica Of Saint Louis, King Of France. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 Walnut Street, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Basilica of Saint Louis, King (within shouting distance of this marker); Rue des Granges (within shouting distance of this marker); One Day, Three Nations (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sold on the Steps of Justice
First Conference Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Marker (<i>tall view showing position on wall</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 12, 2017
2. First Conference Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Marker (tall view showing position on wall)
(about 700 feet away); Dred and Harriet Scott (about 800 feet away); Western Reach of the Revolution (about 800 feet away); Joseph Pulitzer (about 800 feet away); The Old Courthouse (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul History. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began in Paris, France, in 1833 when a young law student at the Sorbonne, Frédéric Ozanam, was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in Paris. Twelve years later, in 1845, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul crossed the ocean to St. Louis, Missouri, where the first American conference was formed. To this day, St. Louis remains the Society's national headquarters. (Submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in the United States. The Society’s first Conference in the United States was established in 1845 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Basilica of St. Louis King of France, or "Old Cathedral". Fr. John Timon, CM, had learned of the
First Conference Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Marker (<i>wide view showing Cathedral front</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 12, 2017
3. First Conference Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Marker (wide view showing Cathedral front)
Society while visiting with his Vincentian superiors in Paris. From Dublin, Ireland, he brought to St. Louis copies of the SVP Rule. On November 16, 1845, Bishop Peter Richard Kenrick dedicated the new St. Vincent de Paul church on South Eighth Street and invited Timon to preach. Timon discussed the Society in his sermon, in the presence of prominent laymen who took hold of the idea and held an organizational meeting on November 20, 1845. (Submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Last updated on October 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1. submitted on August 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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