National Council of The U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Mission, Values and Goals


End Poverty Through Systemic Change


Inspired by Gospel values, 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 those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and our patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

Holiness of Life
Growth in intimacy with Jesus is a life long process.
Prayer is essential, personal and communal.

Service to the Poor
Dignity of the human person.
Preferential option for the poor.
Identification of Jesus with the poor.

Virtue of humility.
Poverty in spirit as the primary Beatitude

The virtue of simplicity.
Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the Poor.
Divine Providence.

The Society is concerned with charity and justice.
The virtue of charity, within and outside of the Society Solidarity.

Community of Faith



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