High Wycombe is served by St Wulstan’s SVP conference which consists of 8 women and 1 man and we are always on the look out for new members. The Society was started in 1833 by a group of French students, led by Fredrick Ozanam. Frederick was beatified by Pope John Paul II. The movement which he started is now an international Christian voluntary organisation of lay people, predominantly Catholic, with 1 million members in 128 countries.
The society offers us, the laity the opportunity to do what the New Testament refers to as our Christian Duty. St James tells us that "faith without good works is dead." St Paul, talking of Faith Hope and Charity, tells us that "the greatest of these is charity/love" but the most powerful and all embracing statement of our Christian duty comes from Christ himself. When asked which is the greatest commandment, he replied, “Love God and thy neighbour as thyself.”
The Society’s aim is to help those who are suffering through injustice and poverty, by person to person contact, without regard to creed or colour. You may ask who is my neighbour in a modern welfare state. The lonely, the bereaved, the housebound, the sick and the terminally ill, the mentally troubled, those in hospital or prisons with no visitors, the rejected, the jobless, the redundant.
Membership of the society requires attendance at a weekly meeting which lasts about an hour and to make a weekly visit, in pairs, to a person/s in need. We hold our meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month after the 09.30 Mass, with a coffee morning on the second Tuesday after the 09.30 Mass. If you are unable to make the meetings, you may well already be doing the work of the society in visitation and you could become an auxiliary member.
What we do not expect of you is to put yourself in a position where you would feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. The type of work that the conference will do is that which the members wish to be involved in.
What will you get for your efforts? You will get fellowship from other members and hopefully an increase in personal spirituality.