Living Our Franciscan Mission

!Just in Case Anyone Can Help!

Our Sweet Dreams Shelter and Day Shelter Programs are at full capacity with a large headcount of children.

Our Women and Children's Shelter Programs are in high need of Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6) And Pull-ups (larger sizes).

Volunteers make a real difference in our community and are truly the lifeblood of our organization.

If you can help, please contact:

Pam Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Office: (225) 383-7837 x 207

P.O. Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Fax: (225) 383-6623

Email: pnelson (at)

Remembering Our Mission

Sr. Joan Chittister says: 'We do not exist outside of nature or above nature or independent of nature – we are simply its most vulnerable part.' We observe Earth Day on April 22nd – but every day should be Earth Day for us. Here is an Earth Day Prayer, courtesy of the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario:

Let us pray for: trees, plants, crops, and forests.

Let us pray for: water, oceans, rivers, streams and ponds.

Let us pray for: air, wind, climate and weather.

Let us pray for: sun, clean energy and prevention of global warning.

Let us pray for: animals, especially endangered species.

Let us pray for: humankind.

Let us pray for: recycling and moderate personal consumption.

Let us pray for: proper use of chemicals and disposal of toxic waste.

Let us pray for: Earth and unity.

'God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but todo justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?' (Micah 6: 8)

Creator God, we thank you for all of creation. We ask Your forgiveness where we have failed to be just stewards. And we now ask for Your guidance in restoring the face of the earth. May we learn to live in harmony, safety and just sharing of resources among all so that we achieve the kingdom of God.


Links and contacts for local mission groups in need of service through donations, material goods, and volunteers:

Project Purr

Franciscan Missions

St. Joseph's Indian School

Red Cloud Indian School

St. Elizabeth Mission Society

New Eyes for eyeglass donations

Franciscan Mission Outreach in Haiti

Diocese of Baton Rouge

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room

Our Daily Bread Food Bank

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