St. Ann CONFERENCE
St. Ann Church is the oldest Catholic parish in Naples. Beginning with just three families in 1942, the original parish was part of the Diocese of St. Augustine (the only diocese in Florida at the time). The building of the original church (now the parish hall) was
completed and opened in 1950.
As the parish continued its growth over the years, plans for a new church building were made and the new church was dedicated in 1970. Since then the church underwent a major renovation and expansion in 1995 when it was dedicated as part of the Diocese of Venice.
In 1961 the St. Ann Conference of St. Vincent dePaul was founded, at the time the only conference in Naples, since St. Ann was the only parish. Since that date, the Conference has provided relief to the poor in many different ways.
Our Vincentians follow the SVdP principle of meeting with the poor at home-visits. Our conference also provides a caseworker to the SVdP Assistance Center to help those in need with such things as food, clothing, household items, transportation and hygiene items.
The St. Ann Conference also sponsors a bicycle program that provides this basic transportation to those in extreme need. Bicycles are given at no charge including a headlight, helmet, and lock.
THE ST. ANN SCHOOL “MINI-VINNIES”
In affiliation with the St. Ann School, our conference is proud to sponsor an SVdP youth group, which are affectionately named “Mini-Vinnies”. This group of 6th – 8th graders helps our conference at food collections, learns how SVdP helps the poor and has its own special project of packing hygiene kits for distribution to the homeless. They are a great blessing to our conference as they learn God’s lessons of helping those in need.
The St. Ann Conference constantly strives to uphold the idea that “No act of charity is foreign to the Society”. As Vincentians, we examine all requests for help from those we serve in order to establish need and how we might best help.
THINK YOU MIGHT WANT TO JOIN US?
Becoming a Vincentian is a rewarding ministry. It is a way to help the children of God who live in poverty to be motivated by the teachings of Jesus Christ through prayer and action. It can be challenging at times trying to assist clients due to their circumstances. However, when we are able to help them through the many resources provided at the Family Assistance Center, it is a fulfilling way to continue on your faith journey of growing closer to God.