Donald F. Ward '53

Forty-five years ago Don Ward heard the calling to join an organization, which changed his life, the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Vincent DePaul was a priest almost 400 years ago who dedicated himself to serving the poor.
Forty-five years ago Don Ward heard the calling to join an organization, which changed his life, the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Vincent DePaul was a priest almost 400 years ago who dedicated himself to serving the poor.

Don’s quiet leadership in this organization has helped countless individuals over the past four decades.

Today, the Society (“Vincentians”) is made up of men and women who offer person to person service to individuals in true need, regardless of their gender, religion or affiliation.  They do this work quietly and would prefer not to receive any recognition.

For 16 years, Don actively served as President of the Society in his own parish and at the same time made presentations to the various other Vincentian Conferences on the availability of programs for the needy, including food stamps, health programs, housing, heating, social security disability and grandparents’ programs.

When recently asked how much longer he sees himself working this hard for the Society; the 79 year old Don replied, “For the rest of my life.”
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