THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2018
CONGRATULATIONS TO BRO. JOSEPH D'SOUZA
ON BEING RE-ELECTED (UNOPPOSED) NATIONAL PRESIDENT
(L-R) Abid Devan, Theresa Bhatti, Joseph A. D'Souza, Arch Bishop Joseph Coutts, Samantha Peter, Anthony Anwar and Charlotte D'Souza
The Society of St Vincent de Paul first reached the shores of Karachi (British India) in 1869. The first Conference was the St. Patrick's Conference. Until 1960 this had grown to just 4 conferences in Pakistan: 2 in Karachi, 1 in Sialkot and one in Rawalpindi. With the advent of the Twinning Scheme in the 1960s the number of conferences increased from 4 to 22. The Twinning Remittance of Australian dollars was invaluable to Vincentian work.
With the formation of the National Council in 1973 efforts were made to contact all the Dioceses of Pakistan and the total number of conferences in Pakistan grew to 323. The total number of Vincentians at the last census was around 3000.
The Society consist of National Council, Regional Council and Conferences one in each parish.
The National Presidents on record were Bro. Valentine Gonsalves, Bro. George Anthony (RIP) and the current National Council President Bro. Joseph D’Souza.
A committee for the upkeep of St. Vincent's Home for the Aged, situated in Shah Faisal Colony, Sharea Faisal formerly known as Drigh Road,which the Society initiated on September 12, 1960. This project depends on funds received locally as well as from abroad for its existence.
The Society in the Punjab started the Pakistan Literacy Project in 2005 with the help of the Society in Australia. This program goes to areas in Pakistan where students were denied schooling. The program has three aims:
Providing basic education to students. Providing employment to teachers who do not have work. Assisting students who are away from home because of their family situation and need special tuition.
Australian $1500 can give students basic education while they wait for a chance to go to a "real school". Doug Walsh, National Project Officer of St Vincent De Paul Society, Australia, recently visited the project.