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 16 to 1.

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  • Immigration Position Paper

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul recently approved an updated Immigration Position Paper. This position paper addressed the urgent need for Immigration Reform. Reform is long overdue. Its lack causes millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States to suffer senseless, grinding poverty. This situation is an affront to the American people’s sense of compassion and justice. The paper is based on the love of neighbor, the principles of our Catholic faith and the rich tradition and noble history of our country as a land of opportunity and refuge for migrants.

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  • Ozanam Sunday

    Frederic Ozanam was born on April 23, 1813 in Milan, Italy. On April 23, 1833 Frederic and six companions founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Also, St. Vincent de Paul was born on April 24, 1581. To commemorate these events, the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul celebrates the last Sunday of April as Ozanam Sunday.

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  • Vincentian Family Social Justice Representatives' Statement in Support of Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

    Fellow Vincentians:

    The fact that one of my sons-in-law is a Muslim is only one reason why the new Vincentian Family Statement in Support of Our Brother and Sister Muslims is so meaningful to me.

    The second reason is my fervent belief in the Vincentian and Gospel message to welcome the stranger among us and to demand social justice for those who are being ostracized, pushed to the margins (as Pope Francis so often notes and warns against), and discriminated against. As Vincentians and Catholics, we must speak for those whose voices are being muted and whose legitimate concerns and needs are being brushed aside in the "throw-away" culture that the Pope also regularly rails against.

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  • Vincentian National Reentry Program

    The Vincentian Reentry Organizing Project is a partnership between the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul and its Councils and Conferences. As a strategic grant project from the CCHD, this is a national project with five target states: Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin. Together, we are bringing Vincentians and returning citizens together to re-center the public discussion on criminal justice back on families and back on people.

    Click here to read more about VROP’s accomplishments.

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