Is St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) fund being misused at parish level????/

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 to serve impoverished people living in the slums of Paris, France. The primary figure behind the society’s founding was Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, a French lawyer, author, and professor in the Sorbonne. He was 20 years old when the society was founded.,[2] and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

The Society took the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Vincent de Paul as its patrons under the influence of Sister Rosalie Rendu, D.C. Sister Rosalie (who was herself beatified in November 2003 by Pope John Paul II) was a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, and was well known for her work with people in the slums of Paris. She guided Frédéric and his companions in their approach towards those in need.

The society gradually expanded outside Paris in the mid 19th century and received benefactors in places such as Tours where figures such as the Venerable Leo Dupont, known as the Holy Man of Tours, became contributors.[3] Its earliest presence in the United States consisted of a chapter founded in 1854 at St. Patrick’s Church in Louisville, Kentucky.[4]

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is part of the Vincentian Family which also includes the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests and brothers, also founded by St. Vincent de Paul), Daughters of Charity, Ladies of Charity (organization of lay women who help the poor, founded by St. Vincent de Paul), Sisters of Charity in the Setonian tradition, and several others, including some religious groups who are part of the Anglican Communion, like Company of Mission Priests. |}………….. Wikipedia

 

SION CHURCH

St. Vincent de Paul Society is active in the Archdiocese of Bombay, and is known to be doing an excellent job. However, there are some rumblings within, at parish levels, which do not come to fore. Here is a member of SVP from OUR LADY OF  GOOD COUNSEL, PARISH, SION; has voiced her concern in her own words.

GREG

MISUSE OF S.V.P. FUNDS

I AM HILDA REGO, PARISHIONER AND S.V.P. MEMBER OF OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL CHURCH,SION.TWO YEARS BACK,THE SECRETARY,THE TREASURER AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE S.V.P. OF OUR PARISH WANTED TO GIVE A DONATION OF RS. ONE LAKH TO NIRMAY NIKETAN USING THE S.V.P. FUNDS. NOW, I AM SURE THAT ALL OF YOU ARE AWARE THAT THE S.V.P. FUND IS THE MONEY GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF A RESPECTIVE PARISH FOR THE NEEDY OF THAT PARISH. THE THEN PARISH PRIEST PUT A HOLD ON THIS AND THESE PEOPLE DID NOT SUCCEED IN THEIR PLAN.

NOW, THAT PARISH PRIEST HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED AND AGAIN ALL THE S.V.P. MEMBERS EXCLUDING ME,AND ANOTHER MEMBER WHO WAS ABSENT AND WHOSE VIEWS I DO NOT KNOW TOOK A DECISION TO GIVE TO NIRMAY NIKETAN A DONATION OF RS. TEN THOUSAND,ONCE AGAIN USING THE S.V.P. FUNDS ON 11TH AUGUST,2013. THIS DECISION WAS IMPLEMENTED ON THE 25TH AUGUST,2013 BY WRITING A CHEQUE , SIGNED BY THE SECRETARY AND THE TREASURE TO BE GIVEN TO NIRMAY NIKETAN.

I TOOK THIS MATTER TO THE PARISH PRIEST SOON AFTER THE DECISION WAS TAKEN WITH THE HOPE THAT HE WILL PUT A HOLD BUT INSTEAD OF TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION HE ASKED ME TO APPROACH THE S.V.P. CENTRAL COUNCIL.

I REALLY DO NOT KNOW,WHAT NEXUS IS GOING ON BETWEEN THE TREASURER,THE S.V.P. OF OUR PARISH AND THE PRESIDENT,THE S.V.P. OF THE CENTRAL COUNCIL. POINT TO BE NOTED:THE TREASURER IS A MEMBER OF THE MANAGING COMMITTEE IN NIRMAY NIKETAN. THE TREASURER GAVE ME THE CELL NO. OF THE PRESIDENT AND ASKED ME TO TALK TO HIM.WHY IS HE DOING SO?DOES THE PRESIDENT ALONE CONSTITUTE THE CENTRAL COUNCIL?I WANTED TO APPROACH THE S.V.P. THE CENTRAL COUNCIL BODY AND PRESENT MY GRIEVANCES BEFORE IT. WHY AM I GIVEN THE CELL NO. OF THE PRESIDENT AND ASKED TO TALK TO HIM? WHEN I TOLD THE PRESIDENT THAT I AM AGAINST THE MISUSE OF S.V.P.FUNDS HE GAVE ME CERTAIN REASONS TO JUSTIFY THE ACTIONS OF OUR S.V.P. MEMBERS. HERE ARE THOSE REASONS.

1) NIRMAY NIKETAN NEEDS MONEY FOR MAINTENANCE.

2) IF RSS AND BJP COME TO POWER,WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP A LOT OF MONEY IN THE BANK,SO, IT IS BETTER TO GIVE.

3) IF YOU GIVE MONEY TO NIRMAY NIKETAN YOU WILL GET IT BACK FROM THE CENTRAL COUNCIL.

WHEN I EXPRESSED MY DESIRE TO HIM TO APPROACH THE S.V.P. CENTRAL COUNCIL,WITH MY GRIEVANCES HE OBJECTED TO MY DESIRE GIVING THESE SILLY REASONS. HERE ARE THEY:

1) I WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO COME TO THE CENTRAL COUNCIL, IF I DO SO,I WILL HAVE TO LET OTHERS TOO.

2) THE MEETINGS OF THE CENTRAL COUNCIL GO ON FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF. AN HOUR AND A HALF IS TOO LESS A TIME.:  I AM READY TO BE THERE FOR THE WHOLE DAY MR. PRESIDENT.

3) THE MEETINGS ARE HELD IN A SCHOOL HALL:  HEY MR. PRESIDENT! DON,T YOU THINK THAT THE SCHOOL HALL IS TOO COMFORTABLE A PLACE TO HAVE THE MEETING? EVEN IF YOU KEEP THE MEETING IN A SLUM I WILL BE THERE.

SOMETIME BACK THE TREASURER HAD INVITED THE PRESIDENT TO TELL US WHAT IS THE EXACT AMOUNT TO BE GIVEN TO A NEEDY PARISHIONER WHEN HE APPROACHES THE S.V.P. WITH THE MEDICAL BILL. THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT TO BE GIVEN TO A NEEDY PERSON IS ONLY RS. TEN THOUSAND IRRESPECTIVE OF THE AMOUNT OF THE BILL.50,000 BILL, YOU WILL GET 10,000.   5,00,000 BILL, YOU WILL GET 10,000. WHERE IS JUSTICE? IF THIS IS THE STANDARD THEN WHY DON,T WE GIVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF FOOD TO OUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY ARE 1,5,10,15, 20 AND 25 YEARS RESPECTIVELY? WHY DO WE FEED THEM KEEPING IN MIND FACTORS LIKE GROWTH, IMMUNITY, WEAR AND TEAR, ENERGY AND HEAT? DON,T YOU THINK THE ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE GIVEN IN PROPORTION TO THE AMOUNT OF THE BILL? IF WE GIVE SO LITTLE TO OUR POOR ,THEN OF COURSE A LOT OF MONEY WILL BE ACCUMULATED. THEN THE SECRETARY,THE TREASURER AND THE PRESIDENT CAN SAY WE DO HAVE MONEY TO GIVE DONATION TO NIRMAY NIKETAN.

HE ALSO MENTIONED THAT IF THE S.V.P. OF A RESPECTIVE PARISH MAKES AN APPEAL TO THE AREA COUNCIL AND CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR HELP FOR THE DESERVED PARISHIONER OF THEIR PARISH, THEY WILL GIVE 5,000 AND 10,000 RESPECTIVELY. WHEN WE HAVE FUNDS WHY SHOULD WE ASK THE AREA COUNCIL OR CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR HELP? ACCORDING TO ME THIS FACILITY SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO ONLY THOSE S.V.P.,S WHOSE INCOME IS VERY LESS AND WHO HAVE NO FUNDS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR POOR PARISHIONERS.

I ASKED THE PRESIDENT IF IT IS RIGHT TO HOARD MONEY? HE ASKED,”DO YOU HAVE CRORES?” I SAID,”NO.”NOW SEE THE FUN!THE PRESIDENT MAKING TWO CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS! WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING AID TO OUR PARISHIONERS IT IS ABSOLUTELY OKAY TO GIVE LITTLE AID AND KEEP THE REST OF THE MONEY IN THE BANK; BUT  WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING DONATION TO NIRMAY NIKETAN, WE CANNOT KEEP LOT OF MONEY IN THE BANK SO IT IS  BETTER TO GIVE. WITH SO MUCH FERVOUR AND LOVE, THE PARISHIONERS DROP MONEY IN THE BOX WHICH IS KEPT IN A CORNER OF OUR PARISH, NAMED “S.V.P. HELP THE POOR”,  DOES THE MONEY GO OUT WITH THE SAME FERVOUR AND LOVE?

2nd POINT: OUR PARISH HAS 899 FAMILIES WITH APPROXIMATELY 3500 PARISHIONERS. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SO MANY POOR IN OUR PARISH, IT IS A SHAME THAT THE S.V.P. HAS ADOPTED ONLY SIX FAMILIES. WHEN I BROUGHT THIS ISSUE IN S.V.P. THE SECRETARY SAID,” WE DON,T GO TO THE POOR. IF THEY WANT HELP THEY SHOULD COME TO US. YOU DON,T WANT TO GO, ITS OKAY. IT IS THE DUTY OF THE SCC ANIMATOR AND THE PPC MEMBERS TO RECOMMEND THE POOR OF THEIR CLUSTERS AND ZONES TO THE S.V.P. OR TO THE PARISH PRIEST. NOT A SINGLE SCC IN OUR PARISH IS FUNCTIONAL AND MOST OF THE TIME THE FAMILIES DO NOT KNOW WHO THEIR PPC MEMBER IS AND VICE VERSA. THIS IS THE PATHETIC SITUATION OF OUR PARISH.

3RD POINT:THE PARISH PRIEST TOLD THE TREASURER THAT THE S.V.P. MEMBERS SHOULD VISIT THE ADOPTED FAMILIES EVERY MONTH AND DELIVER THE RATION AT THEIR DOORSTEP AND NOT MAKE THEM COME TO THE CHURCH TO COLLECT THE RATION. FOR TWO MONTHS, THE TREASURER ASKED ONE OR TWO S.V.P. MEMBERS TO ACCOMPANY THE DELIVERY BOY TO THE HOMES OF THE ADOPTED FAMILIES TO SHOW HIM THEIR RESIDENCE. NOW THE DELIVERY BOY KNOWS THE RESIDENCE. SO THE TREASURER HAS ASKED THE DELIVERY BOY TO DELIVER THE RATION AND WE NO LONGER VISIT THE ADOPTED FAMILIES. YOU ARE INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO DECIDE THE FERVER AND LOVE WE HAVE FOR THE POOR. ARE WE THERE BECAUSE THERE IS LOT OF MONEY THERE OR ARE WE THERE WITH A INTENSE DESIRE TO SERVE WITH LOVE?

RECENTLY I VISITED NIRMAY NIKETAN ALONG WITH MY S.V.P. MEMBERS. THERE IS NO DENIAL THAT NIRMAY NIKETAN IS DOING A COMMENDABLE JOB. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND SR. THERESA FOR POSSESSING EXTRA-ORDINARY SKILL TO HANDLE THE INMATES OF NIRMAY NIKETAN AND TO MANAGE THAT INSTITUTION SO WELL. BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE DEPRIVE OUR POOR AND GIVE DONATION.

THROUGH THIS  MAIL ON “SILENT VOICE” I WANT TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE S.V.P. CENTRAL COUNCIL BODY WITH ALL ITS OFFICE BEARERS AND MEMBERS AND ASK THEM A FEW QUESTIONS:

1)      WHO HAS GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO THE PRESIDENT TO INTERFERE IN THE FINANCIAL MATTERS OF OUR PARISH S.V.P. AND TELL US WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO WITH OUR MONEY?

2)      WHY IS HE FAVOURING OUR S.V.P. MEMBERS DECISION  TO DONATE MONEY TO NIRMAY NIKETAN?

3)      WHY IS HE ASKING US TO TAKE HELP FROM THE AREA COUNCIL AND CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR OUR NEEDY PARISHIONERS,  WHEN OUR S.V.P. HAS SUFFICIENT FUNDS?

4)      WHAT AUTHORITY HAS HE GOT TO PUT A LIMIT ON THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT TO BE GIVEN TO A NEEDY PARISHIONER, WHEN THE PARISHIONER APPROACHES THE S.V.P. WITH THE MEDICAL BILL?

5)      WHY IS HE NOT LETTING ME APPROACH  THE CENTRAL COUNCIL WITH MY GRIEVANCES?

6)      IS THE PRESIDENT MAKING HIS OWN RULES TO GOVERN THE S.V.P.,S?

I WILL BE VERY GRATEFUL IF THE CENTRAL COUNCIL HAS ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS. I ALSO REQUEST THE CENTRAL COUNCIL TO FORM A COMMITTEE, FORUM OR CELL WHERE THE AGGRIEVED S.V.P. MEMBERS CAN COME FORWARD AND PUT FORTH THEIR GRIEVANCES FOR REDRESS. I ALSO INVITE THE S.V.P.,S IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MUMBAI AND SUBURBS TO COME FORWARD AND SHARE IF THEY HAVE ANY IRREGULARITIES AND MALPRACTICES GOING ON IN THEIR S.V.P.’S

Hilda Rego,

Parishioner @ SVP Member,

OL of Good Counsel Church, Sion

English: Emblem of the Daughters o Charity of ...

English: Emblem of the Daughters o Charity of St. Vincent of Paul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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3 Comments

  1. Tabamantia said,

    October 4, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Reblogged this on The Iniquitous: Church Crimes.

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  2. Silent Voice said,

    October 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Via E Mail…. IF THE PRESIDENT,THE SECRETARY AND THE TREASURER ARE SO KEEN ON GIVING DONATION,THEY SHOULD DO SO USING THEIR OWN HARD EARNED MONEY. THEN I WILL CALL THEM THOROUGH GENTLEMEN AND LADIES. USING THE MONEY GIVEN BY SOMEONE FOR SOME SPECIFIC PURPOSE AND GIVING IT SOMEONE ELSE,WHAT DECENCY IS THIS?
    TRUE CHARITY IS ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH PAIN.THIS IS BECAUSE WHILE DOING TRUE CHARITY WE NEED TO SACRIFICE THE THINGS WE LOVE THE MOST,MAY BE IT IS OUR TIME,MAY BE IT IS OUR RESOURCE. NOW YOU DECIDE,ARE THESE PEOPLE DOING TRUE CHARITY.
    HILDA REGO

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