About St. Vincent de Paul

Vincentian Spirituality

Vincentians are witness to God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice.

The primary role of the Vincentian is not to pay the bills, furnish groceries, or clothe someone.  The role of the Vincentian is to provide loving and compassionate interest in individuals.  If that interest calls for food, clothing or other assistance, so be it.  However, it is in loving where the contact with Christ emerges.  That contact with Christ is what separates the Society of St. Vincent de Paul from just another social agency.

We have created this page to help put all of the information you need in a readily accessible location.

The Home Visit

"From the beginning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the central and most basic activity of Conferences has been the visitation of the needy in the home. This action is the clearest symbol of the Vincentian charism which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor: the visitor becomes the guest and the person being helped is the master. It symbolizes the fact that Vincentians are to reach out to the needy, rather than requiring them to report to an outside service site. It is in the home environment that needy persons feel most free to entrust their stories of struggle to the helper. It is there, in the family setting, that Vincentians are asked to listen, offer humble advice, and render assistance."     -U.S. Manual of SVdP

What We Do:

  • Direct assistance (urgent/emergency assist with rent, utilities, transportation,etc.)
  • Food depot's/pantry/dining facility
  • Assists individuals and families in need with obtaining self –sufficiency by providing financial counseling assistance , support services and referrals.  The ultimate goal is to keep families together by preventing homelessness and promoting self- sufficiency.
  • Disaster assistance
  • Visiting the Sick
  • Thrift Stores

Each SVdP Conference will have their own focus and works of mercy in accordance with the particular and often unique needs of their parish community. For more information on a conference in your community, please check the conference directory.