Sr. Maria Therese Schappert at St. Vincent de Paul of NKY

Posted on: August 8, 2017 1:00 pm

Sr. Maria Therese Schappert, SND

In July 2017, Sr. Maria Therese Schappert joined the technology team at St. Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky. Sr. Maria Therese is now a member of the Client Management System technical support team in the Conference and Members Relations Department. Employees working in this office are, for the most part, behind the scenes. They are also voices of comfort and help, as well as support for Vincentians, volunteers, and the different Society of St. Vincent de Paul programs. Sr. Maria Therese said of her new ministry, "I find it a blessing and a pleasure to not only help those in need, but also to support those who sacrifice their time to do so."

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul traces its origins to Paris in 1833, where Frederic Ozanam and five of his peers studying at the Sorbonne University were challenged by their classmates to demonstrate what they were doing to meet the needs of the city’s poor. The students walked the streets of Paris, engaging in person-to-person ministry by providing food and clothing, confident that Christ would be revealed through their loving acts. They formed the first “Conference of Charity” on April 23, 1833 and adopted as their Patron, the devoted French priest, St. Vincent de Paul, who alerted the world to social disparity. These students formalized their work changing the official name to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul under the guidance of Sister Rosalie Rendu, Daughters of Charity, who was known for her service to the poor in the impoverished areas of Paris.

Similar groups grew in Paris, then to the rest of France, and eventually throughout the Christian world with the purpose of visiting those in need as an extension of God’s love. Now in over 150 different countries, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is growing close to 1,000,000 members, or Vincentians, serving their neighbors in need.

Kathleen Stutler
Date: on September 2, 2017

MT is a true reflection of Jesus anywhere she ministers. God blest her that she might be a blessing to others.

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