The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

A Catholic Digest Fave Five Charity

The Society's nearly 100,000 trained volunteers in the United States provided 17.9 million hours of volunteer service in 2015, helping more than 23 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 16 to 1.



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Online Annual Report Information

Online Annual Reporting is not yet available.  Annual Reporting is an integral part of the new National Membership database that is being created and tested.   There is no set release date for online Annual Reporting at this time.  Downloadable report templates in Word and PDF form can be found by selecting SVdPMembers above and then Documents/Annual Report Forms from the menu of the members site. 


Spirituality Resources

Bulletin Announcements

The “Weekly Bulletin Announcements based on the Gospel of each Sunday, are suggested for your parish weekly bulletin. The action statement can easily be adapted to fit your local needs.

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Vincentian Reflections

Vincentian reflections are a good guide for Vincentian meetings and discussions. The year is divided into easy to manage quarters for download. Spanish versions also available.

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Society News 
  • Hurricane Harvey Flooding

    SVdP responding to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

    SVdPUSA Disaster Services is helping with the relief efforts.
    Please support SVdPUSA’s National Council’s Domestic Disaster Relief Fund. Your contribution will help change lives, rebuild homes, provide shelter, emergency daily-living supplies and most importantly, restore hope to those in need!

    Click here to help Click here to learn more

  • A World Day of the Poor letter from Renato Lima de Oliveira, international president general of SVdP

    The "World Day of the Poor" was established by the Pope Francis, on the celebration of the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, through the Apostolic Letter entitled "Mercy and Poverty." The celebration and specific actions take place on 19 November, each year. For us, fellow members of the SSVP all over the world, the institution of the "World Day of the Poor" resonates prophetically before the care that we owe to the human being who is in this situation. The poverty of many of our fellow human beings is not a theoretical problem, but a shocking and tangible reality. We cannot have a simplistic view of this reality; our vision must be holistic, because it consists in the vision of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God. This day is important, because it reminds us to carry out more lovingly our Vincentian activities in favour of the less fortunate, since one of the biggest existing poverty is precisely the lack of love.

Click here to read Renato's letter

  • World Day of the Poor – Nov. 19, 2017 

    “This new World Day should become a powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel. There poor are not a problem; they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practice in our lives the essence of the Gospel.” (Pope Francis) Every day is a “Day of the Poor” with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as Vincentians grow spiritually by putting their faith into action as they serve people in poverty throughout the year.

    Click here to learn more about opportunities to serve Click here for Pope Francis' World Day of the Poor message

  •  November 9: Beatification 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.

    To learn more about the history of the Society, click here
  •  Ralph Middlecamp to serve as 13th National President of SVdPUSA

    Middlecamp has a 30-year history with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He previously served as the executive director of the Society’s Madison, Wis. Council for 18 years. Under Middlecamp’s leadership, the Society developed local housing programs, built a central customer-choice food pantry and service center, opened Wisconsin’s first charitable pharmacy not connected to a health care network, grown the Society’s base of Madison-area members and volunteers, and added six more thrift stores that sell and give away donated goods to support the organization’s mission of helping neighbors in need.

    Click here to read more
  • SVdP signs onto letter supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program

    Representatives from 28 national, faith-based organizations sent a letter to the Congressional leaders urging a long-term funding extension of the Children's Health Insurance program (CHIP) as soon as possible. There are 8.9 million children who rely on CHIP. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the signatories of the letter and National President Sheila Gilbert is quoted in the press release (ninth quote on the list).

    Click here to read the press release  Click here to read the letter to Congress

  • SVdP Television Specials July 26, 27 and 28 on EWTNth on EWTN!

    Come along with Society of St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people in need. In these special presentations, join Vincentians as they go on home visits, work the land to grow fresh produce to help feed the hungry, help people find relief from high-interest payday loans, provide life-saving medicines in a community pharmacy and much more! See our Catholic faith in action through the volunteers of this unique lay vocation and the face of Christ in the people they serve.

    Click here for more information

    Read the letter

  • SVdP Television Special Available Online!

    The SVdP television special “Our Faith in Action” Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul” is now available online for all Councils and Conferences to use to help tell our story.
    The half-hour program shows Society of St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people in need. This special shows Vincentians on a home visit with a family in need, helping the homeless in a downtown shelter and working with returning citizens through prison ministry. This program provides an excellent overview of who we are and what we do.

    "Our Faith in Action" is available to stream or download on the Society's Vimeo channel or to watch on YouTube

    Watch on Vimeo  Watch on YouTube  Download from Vimeo

  • SVdP Interview with FADICA

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul National CEO Dave Barringer was interviewed by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) on their “Helping Goodness Spread Blog.” 
    FADICA is a network of private foundations and donors supporting Catholic-sponsored programs and institutions. For 40 years, FADICA has served as a dynamic and catalytic philanthropic network committed to supporting Catholic activities and initiatives (especially those that strengthen the Church and aid the poor).

    Click here to read

  • SVdP launches Neighborhoods of Hope Program

    The National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has launched Neighborhoods of Hope (NOH), an effort to tackle poverty at the community level. The program will enhance and maximize Vincentian poverty-fighting initiatives already taking place.

    Click here to read more  Click here for other important Society dates

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