Friday, September 27, 2013


Before the war, Bishop Olaiz organized the Saint Vincent de Paul Society for the relief of the very poor.  All over the world, local chapters of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society did the same, so the Bishop decided to start one for Guam.

It was headed by such prominent Guam business and civic leaders as Antonio Suarez, Vicente Calvo, Judge Manibusan, Jose M. Torres, Pedro Martinez and James Underwood, all seen in the photo above with Bishop Olaiz in the center and Påle' Blas on the right.

The group photo of the Society was taken in front of their own hall, built adjacent to the Agaña Cathedral around 1930.

The Society chipped in money and collected donations from the general public and gave these funds to the most needy families.

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