The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States


Historians differ on how the Society was introduced into the United States, but all agree that it was formally established in St. Louis, Mo., in 1845 at the Church of St. Louis of France (commonly referred to in St. Louis as the “Old Cathedral”). The first official meeting of the Society in the United States was held on Nov. 20, 1845. Just as the Society had spread rapidly throughout France, it did so throughout the United States. The chief promoters of SVdP were the American bishops, many of who personally established the Society in their dioceses.