Vincentian Spirituality

Spirituality is the first objective of the Society.  The primary role of the volunteers is not to pay the bills, furnish groceries or clothe someone; it is acting out their faith by providing loving and compassionate interest in individuals.  If that interest calls for food, clothing or other assistance so be it.  It is in loving others where the contact with Christ emerges.  That contact with Christ is what separates the Society of St. Vincent de Paul from just another social agency.  Although our objective is to bring love and peace, when we see our brother or sister suffering, we naturally want to help.  So we collect food and raise funds in order to help and demonstrate the truth of the central message of Christianity to “love one another.”


“One cannot avoid the social issues; precisely because they are formidable God does not want us to turn them aside.  We must lay a bold hand on the core of poverty.”

– Frederic Ozanam