Society of St.
Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads men and
women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person
service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its
founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
- The dignity of the human person
- Identification of Jesus with the
- The preferential option of the
- Jesus is the Evangelizer and
Servant of the poor
- Growth in intimacy with Jesus is a
- Poverty of spirit is the primary
- The Society is concerned with
charity and justice
- Prayer s essential: personal and
- The virtue of humility: personal
- Divine Providence
Vincentians bring the Love and Peace
of Christ to those who are suffering. The Society is not a material
Suffering includes those who are
poor, homeless, hungry, naked, unwanted, unloved, depressed, sick,
addicts, prisoners, confined, hospitalized, in short all those in need.
Service to the
Help others to
The work of the Society is an adjunct not the primary assistance. It
assists to the extent that time and resources permit.
Visitations are made in pairs for
discretion, safety and emulating Jesus sending out the apostles.
Visits initiated by:
Calls to the parish
Referrals from other
Contacts by parishioners
Law enforcement agencies
Action on the spot if
appropriate and with prior approval
Refereed to Conference for
Additional or changed
Final review and report
From Apostle in a Top Hat by
James Patrick Derum
"Wherever established, the Society
works to relieve poverty while studying how to remedy conditions which
cause it. To this end it collaborates with peoples of all races and
faiths who uphold the dignity of man. For the Society of St. Vincent
de Paul is simply men and women trying to live more fully the great
commandment to love and to help all men, of all nationalities, classes and
faiths, particularly those who need help most.
In Obedience to this teaching,
Vincentians act with unfailing respect for all they serve, regarding them
as their brothers and sisters united, explicitly or implicitly, in the
fellowship of Christ."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta said:
"We need pure eyes to see Jesus in
the distressing disguise of the poor, the suffering, unwanted, unloved.
These people society has discarded as useless - They are Jesus"
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