St. Vincent de Paul



The Sacred Heart of Jesus Conference



History of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

      In 1833, in Paris, France; with the help of six others, Frederic Ozanam created the "Conference of Charity," only to be changed shortly after to "The St. Vincent de Paul Society" in honor of Saint Vincent de Paul their patron. The society was comprised of laity who provided assistance to the poor and suffering in the city of Paris.
      The Saint Vincent de Paul Society established its first conference in the United States in 1845 in St. Louis , Missouri.
      Today, St. Vincent de Paul Society is in over 140 countries, 5 continents, In the United States there are over 4,433 conferences, with 64,300 active Vincentians, and over 875,000 Vincentians worldwide
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Lewistown, PA established its first conference in August of 1999. The Conference has been very active in the Mifflin/Juniata counties since its beginning.
For more information on the St. Vincent de Paul Society visit there

Frederic Ozanam                                                             St. Vincent de Paul


Sacred Heart of Jesus Council

Mission Statement: An all-volunteer Roman Catholic organization helping those who are in need, in the spirit of charity and justice.

Members of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Conference meet monthly to discuss financial needs, upcoming events such as our Monthly Meals (every 3rd Saturday of the Month), discuss the types of assistance given in the last month to insure we are helping as many as possible, also fundraising efforts, and planning for the future.

Interested in in joining an organization that seeks to:

  • Aid the most vulnerable individuals
  • Grow spiritually through a gift of self to others, while fulfilling the two great commandments: Love of God and Love of neighbor.

‚ÄčThe  Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is where you belong. Inquire about becoming a member today and remember: "In coming closer to the needy, you are coming closer to God."

For more information, please contact the St, Vincent de Paul office at 3 W. Monument Square, Suite 203, Lewistown, PA at (717) 363-4812.

Need assistance, and don't know where to turn?

St. Vincent de Paul can help with providing assistance with food, medicine, utility shut off notices, gas gift cards and is able to direct you to other local agencies for any additional assistance that is required. We do not help with rent or security deposits In addition, the Society distributes food baskets for Christmas and offers a free community meal and bingo game during the spring, fall and winter months.

We also help with furniture for those who are in need.  Due to this service, we always take donations of good condition couches, beds, coffee tables, lamps, small and large appliances and dining room sets, as well as gently used towels, sheets, dishes, silverware, kitchen gadgets, etc.  For those just getting out of the shelter and into a home, we are a blessing to help with furnishings. Just give us a call @ 717-363-4812 to arrange for a pick up. At present we are in dire need of beds of all sizes and a refrigerator. 

Applications for assistance are taken at the St, Vincent de Paul office at 3 W. Monument Square, Suite 203, Lewistown, PA. Call for an appointment today (717) 363-4812. The Society reviews applications on a case -by- case basis.

Office Hours for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are:
                  Tuesdays & Fridays:             9 am - 3 pm

5/2022 Update:

In these troubled times, we have had many new parishioners and community members needing help.  Kindly consider a donation to St Vincent dePaul. We also accept donations of personal care items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar and liquid soap, body wash, razors and shaving cream. Since school is out, we also need peanut butter. jelly, mac 'n cheese, crackers, diapers, wipes and sunscreen for the pre-school to school age children. These items can be placed in the narthex of the church in our St Vincent dePaul Basket or dropped off at our office at 3 W Monument Square, Suite 203, Lewistown.

We welcome Trudy Ober, of St Jude's to our all volunteer Board of Directors.  Trudy is a genuine blessing to be a part of our Board.

Our office staff is Joey Heroux, Director; Pattie Fleegal, Secretary and Nancy Sanges our Board President and Rich Reardon, Board Vice President.

We would be happy to help you as best we can. Have a good summer.

As we try to meet the needs of so many we remember a quote from Mother Teresa - "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted.

Let us not be ashamed or slow to do this humble work".

If you can help please reach out to us at  or call the office at (717) 363-4812.