St. Vincent de Paul Month a Success!

Friends of the Poor Walk
The Diocese of Shreveport hosted two locations of the 7th annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on September 20. The Walk, conducted by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is a nationwide event intended to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the nation’s poor and to raise funds for use in direct service to the poor. Our two locations this year included one in Shreveport and one in Monroe. Nearly $3,000 was raised at the Shreveport event while the Monroe event included some 145 walkers who raised in excess of $5,200. All funds raised locally will be used locally within each SVdP Conference.

Poor Man’s Supper
On September 30, the 15th annual SVdP Society Poor Man’s Supper was held at Jesus the Good Shepherd School in Monroe. The Supper, which had over 25 varieties of delicious soups available plus a silent auction, was an overwhelming success with about 500 people attending. Bishop Duca was present for the occasion and helped serve soup to those in attendance. Proceeds from this event will benefit the SVdP Community Pharmacy in downtown Monroe which serves the needy in a 17-parish area in Northeast Louisiana. In excess of $22,000 was raised in connection with this event.

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