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New Vinnies head says spirituality underlies Society's work

The new national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society has said that nurturing the spirituality of its members is an essential aspect of the Society's work.

"That's the difference between our organisation and others doing similar work," said John Meehan.

Mr Meehan told the Catholic Weekly that he is committed to "making sure the needy in our society get the best possible deal".

He plans to achieve this by keeping government leaders informed on the problems that disadvantaged families face at the grassroots level, and by placing a priority on the formation and training of the Society's members.

Mr Meahan is determined also to raise the profile of Vinnies in the community, partly with a view to attracting young members, and to improve communications within the Society as well.

Mr Meahan, a Scotsborn West Australian who migrated here in 1957, has been a member of the Society since 1960. He has been national vice-president for seven years and WA State president for five.

Catholic Weekly

New National President for Vinnies (11/3/03)
St Vincent de Paul Society

21 Mar 2003