St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to assisting those in need and
seeking charity and justice.
The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
“A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a
more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.”
Who We Are
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization,
leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually. This done by offering
person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its
founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are
drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level.
Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty,
humility and sharing. This is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive
gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and
justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and
addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians
see the face of Christ.
How does the Society differ from other charities?
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is composed of women and men who seek their personal
holiness through works of charity. In this essential way, the Society differs from charitable
associations or agencies whose principal objective is not the spiritual advancement of their
members but the doing of good for someone else.