The SVDP caters to those who, often through unjust social and economic systems, dwell on the periphery of society. It relies entirely on its volunteer work force from people of every profession and walk of life and donations of money, clothes and food. In 1907 a branch named the St Patrick’s Conference, was established at the Parish of St Joseph, Morningside. Its work has remained an important outreach ministry in our Community, well known for its generous character.
Members are involved in variety of outreach activities including the feeding scheme, the distribution of “near sell by date” foods from Woolworths and the collection and dissemination of long-life foods, clothing, shoes, blankets and various household goods.
Integral to the SVDP is our knitting group comprising industrious women who produce a remarkable volume of beanies, blankets and scarves. They meet once a month and have developed a wonderful camaraderie and strong friendships.
The missionary ethos of the Society is evangelization through humble service, mercy, care and kindness to those who require gentle shepherding. It is dedicated to restoring dignity to an often ignored sector of society.
Destitute Feeding Scheme
This is a remarkable outreach project serviced by loyal, devoted volunteers who work in small groups to cook and provide wholesome meals each week for around 80 destitute people.
Our weary guests are invited to sit and relax at communal tables whilst being served, by among others, the young lads from Clifton School.
Both our Priests have a soft spot for this evangelisation ministry so Thursday evening finds them chatting to and assisting the volunteers and engaging with and praying for our visitors.
Donations in cash and kind are most welcome and always appreciated.
SVDP Knitting Group
This group consists of 12 ladies who meet every third Friday of every month to collect wool and deliver their knitwear and crochet work involving scarves, beanies, jerseys, mittens, socks and blankets which ultimately keeps warm the poor elderly and children who live in cold areas like the Valley of the southern Hills, Howick and Underberg. Some of our work benefits as well the Seafarers. New helpers are always most welcome.
Catholic Women's League
Mary Assumed into Heaven is the Patroness and role model of the Global Catholic Women’s League, a branch of which is present in most Parishes worldwide.
The women of St Joseph’s CWL are involved in various aspects of parish life and engage in fund raising projects that enable it to pay fees for one child per year at KwaThintwa School for the Deaf and support other worthy charitable causes.
Its motto is “Charity, Work and Loyalty”! Loyalty to Jesus, His Church and to one another is closely woven into its DNA. Lasting friendships have naturally formed over the years as they strive together towards the common ideal of serving their Faith Family and the wider Community.
The CWL welcomes women who are interested to join it on the third Saturday of each month when they meet with their Chaplain for spiritual direction and motivation.
Hebrews Coffee Shop Baristas
There is no doubt that the best coffee in Durban is found at our Hebrews Coffee shop. It is ably manned by outstanding, properly trained Baristas who do a sterling job of spreading happiness through their skill. We are always looking for new baristas to lighten the load, so if you interest is on spreading love and encouragement through a great cup of coffee, come forward. We will train you and make you feel at home!