The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

A Catholic Digest Fave Five Charity

The Society's 160,000 trained volunteers in the United States provided 11.6 million hours of volunteer service in 2015, helping more than 14 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals at a value of nearly $1 billion dollars.

During Pope Francis’ recent visit, he reached Christians and non-Christians alike with his message of helping others. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been putting these words into practice for 170 years. SVdP is truly volunteer driven with a volunteer to staff ratio of 15 to 1.



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  • February 7: Feast of Blessed Rosalie Rendu

    Sr. Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, is recognized as a co-founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. She mentored the founding members of the Society in the spirit and heritage of St. Vincent and St. Louise de Marillac.

    Sr. Rosalie always recommended patience, mercy and courtesy. She taught Frederic Ozanam and the first members of the Society how to make home visits and how to see Jesus in the poor. She gave them families to visit and advice on the Vincentian way to go to them: with respect and compassion. Sr. Rosalie Rendu was beatified in Rome in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. All Vincentians celebrate this beautiful model of love for the poor. (SOURCE: THE MANUAL)

    Click Here for a meditation from Sr. Rosalie

  • Help Victims of Recent Disasters

    Severe winter storms, including tornadoes, and the resulting flooding are affecting people in much of the country.
    Flooding may last only a few days in a community, but the impact can last for months, especially for poor families already in a flood-prone housing community. People may be displaced from their homes for weeks or months and their suffering compounded by the loss of so many possessions and sometimes even employment. Our Society of St. Vincent de Paul is often the community’s only resort for such long-term assistance.

    The SVdP Disaster Services Division and local Councils/Conferences are currently responding to disasters in: Alabama, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

    Please pray for all the people who have lost their homes to disasters and continue to support the efforts of Vincentians to help them. Please help now!

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  • January is Poverty Awareness Month

    The Voice of the Poor (VOP) is the advocacy arm of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. With members representing every section and demographic of the nation, the VOP identifies those issues that are critical to those living in poverty and need, and helps bring attention to them so communities and our elected representatives can help develop strategies and tactics that will provide the most effective and efficient means to reduce or eliminate poverty.

    Guided by Catholic Social Teaching, the VOP collaborates, educates, and advocates to improve conditions of the people we serve.

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  • Donate Your Vehicle to SVdP – Help Others

    Donate an old, tired car while lightening your tax burden for the year. Do something good for others during the holidays. These are all things that can be accomplished when you donate a car to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Vehicle Donation Program.

    “We realize that for every person who donates a vehicle, there are even more people right there in the same community who are in need,” said Dave Barringer, CEO of the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul. “The money that is generated from vehicle donations in your community will go right back into the neighborhood and help those in need.”

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  • 170 Years and Counting

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is marking 170 years in the U.S. providing help to people in need. In 1845, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established in St. Louis, Mo. at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, popularly called "The Old Cathedral." The first official meeting of the Society in the United States was held on November 20, 1845.

    On this day, a group of 19 Catholic laypersons and one priest met to establish a Conference (chapter) of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Officers were elected and a collection was taken up that amounted to $17.70 to help people in need. This was the start of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the U.S.

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