||Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers and community members who made this year’s Brennan Award Civic Luncheon a success!
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco is proud to observe 150
years of working among the poorest of the poor in our City. Since 1860 the
Society has quietly and consistently provided food, shelter and clothing for
those in need.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the
San Francisco Marriott Marquis the Society presented the Frank Brennan Award for Service
to the Poor to Sharon McCarthy Allen and Joanne Murphy. These two selfless
volunteers epitomize the mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. For
many years they have given generously of their time, talent and treasure to
further the work of our namesake, St. Vincent.
In brainstorming the opportunities for bringing the St. Vincent de Paul Society's celebration of 150 years in San Francisco, into the public view, Chair Maryanne Murray suggested researching the possibility of applying for the floral display in the flower bed adjacent to the Conservatory that is used to promote and publicize local milestones and civic activities. The SVdP Board of Directors approved the 150th Celebration Budget which included marketing and public relations, so Maryanne contacted 150th Committee Member, Meagan Levitan who sits on the Park & Rec Commission. At Meagan's direction a proposal was submitted to Philip Ginsberg, General Manger of the Park Department. We were approved and then presented the Department with an information packet that resulted in the design that was laid out for the plaque. Many thanks to Meagan, Philip Ginsberg as well as Dennis Kern, Ramon Gonzalez and Staci White at Park & Rec for helping to make this happen.
SEPTEMBER 2009: CELEBRATION MASS USHERS IN 150th ANNIVERSARY YEAR
The St. Vincent de Paul Society initiated the celebration of 150 years in San Francisco with a beautiful Mass and reception on Sunday, September 20 at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.Archbishop Niederauer was the celebrant assisted by Bishop Ignatius Wong, Fr. John Talesfore, Fr. John K. Ring, Fr. Tom Daly, Fr. Arnold Zamora, Fr. Tony La Torre, Fr. Moises Agudo, Fr. Charles Kullmann, CSP, Fr. Tony Sauer, SJ, Fr. Ray Allender, SJ, Fr Frank Buckley, SJ and Deacons, Rev. Mr. Dan Rosen, Rev. Mr. Gene Smith and Rev. Mr. Peter Boulware. Fr. Tom Daly arranged to have Seminarians from St. Patricks Seminary act as altar servers.The Cathedral was filled members of the Vincentian Family: Vincentians from all over the Bay Area, Daughters of Charity, Ladies of Charity, Students from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep and staff from many of the Society’s programs.In a very meaningful procession, led by beautiful custom banners created by artist, Katie Wolf, all the programs and works of the Society were introduced by Board President Stan Raggio and represented by volunteers and staff carrying candles that were placed on the altar for the duration of the Mass.The readings were presented by Vincentians from the three Bay Area Counties in the Archdiocese: Steve Boyer-Marin, Deborah Payne-San Mateo, Cristina Olea-San Francisco and the gifts were presented by former Presidents of the Society’s San Franciso Board of Directors, John Murray, Jim Foster and Ed Dollard.In his homily the Archbishop related the words of scripture to the on-going work of Vincentians, not only in the Bay Area, but throughout the world, a wonderful tribute to the Society’s rich history. The Mass was organized by Sister Katie O’Shea, CSJ, and Deacon Dan Rosen with the help of Cathedral Liturgist, Doug Benbow.Following the Mass there was a lovely reception in Patrons Hall, accompanied by a very comprehensive historical display put together by the Society’s Vincentian Life Director, Marc Bruno. Sesquicentennial Chair, Maryanne Murray credits Reception Chairs Jennifer Sampson, Jennifer Law and Décor Chair Chrissy O’Gara with the success of the reception. It was a wonderful beginning for a year of celebrating 150 years of service to poor.SVDP AND PARK AND REC PLANT SEEDS FOR NEXT 150 YEARS