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St. Stephen Benevolent Conference

The St. Stephen Benevolent Conference (SSBC) of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. SSBC members witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice and collaborating with others to offer material, spiritual, and advocacy assistance that will promote dignity and self-sufficiency. We meet regularly for prayer and reflection, mutual support, and adherence to a basic Rule to nourish the spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing.

Through the generous contributions of our parishioners and community, we are able to assist individuals and families in the Bentonville, Bella Vista, and Centerton areas with food, financial assistance, and spiritual support. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us at ssbc72712@gmail.com and/or join us at our bi-weekly meetings which are held on Sundays at 8:45 a.m.

Major Events:

The St. Stephen Benevolent Conference is hosting a local Friends of the Poor walk/run Saturday, September 30 in conjunction with St. Vincent De Paul Societies across the country. Walkers and runners join together in this family friendly event to show solidarity with the poor. Entry fees are donation based. T-shirts will be provided to the first 100 who register with a donation of $25 or more. Register on line at https://www.fopwalk.org/eventlisting/eventdetail/?eventid=1769. Registration will open the day of the race at 7:30 and the walk/run will begin at 8 am. Free pancake breakfast to follow will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Sponsorships are available and range from $100-$1000.

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