WHO WE ARE
We are “A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.”
Established in 2004, our conference adheres to the Rule of St. Vincent de Paul, which calls us to be the hands and feet of Christ within our local community. Our St. Mary/Christ the Teacher Conference includes the St. Mary and Christ the Teacher University Church parish boundaries within DeKalb County, Illinois. We strive to serve God's people within the Northern DeKalb County communities of DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland, Hinckley, Kirkland, Kingston, Malta, Lee, Shabbona and Waterman regardless of religious affiliation, race, sex, age, or social status.
WHAT WE DO
Although we offer limited financial assistance for neighbors who may be facing a temporary life crisis (like eviction or utility shut-off) our ultimate goal is systemic change and social justice that will enable all individuals to reach their full potential and lead productive and fruitful lives.
One of the ways we do this is by compassionately listening to the people who come to us and helping them to apply their own creativity and life skills to the situations they want to overcome. We help them identify the underlying causes that may be affecting their life situations and assist them in directing their efforts toward solutions and resources that will be effective and lasting.