Para-church Organizations at HTP

Para-church Organizations at HTP

St Vincent De Paul Society

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is an international Catholic volunteer organization that was established in 1833. Visiting individuals and families in their homes remains the fundamental work of the Society. Volunteers called Vincentians are organized into parish-based units known as conferences. Through their visits, they build relationships, offer encouragement, advocacy, connections to community resources, and practical assistance for a range of needs. In an effort to further Frédéric’s vision of charity and justice, members also work to identify and address the root causes of poverty that will transform lives. For more details visit:

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 2 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. For more details visit:

Catholic Women’s League

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls its members to grow in faith, and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service. The League is officially recognized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as a lay association of women and is affiliated with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), a world-wide federation holding membership in the conference of International Catholic Organizations (ICO) and having consultative status with agencies of the United Nations. For more details visit:

Lay Associates of the Companions of the Cross

All of us are called to be disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. At our baptism we were made members of His Body, the Church. All of us share in the glory of being “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (1 Pet 2:9). We have received special gifts from the Holy Spirit to use for the building up the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12). The laity live out their vocation in the secular arena. By virtue of their Baptism, they are called to “seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium 31.2). From the beginning, Fr. Bob Bedard, our spiritual father in Christ, recognized the indispensable dignity and role of the laity in the renewal of the Church. For this reason, the Companions of the Cross joyfully welcome lay people who desire to associate themselves with us. A Lay Associate is a lay person who has embraced, through a formal commitment, the spirituality and mission of the Companions of the Cross. For more details visit: