Inspired by Gospel values, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that brings women and men together spiritually to serve families and individuals who are in need of assistance - regardless of race, color or creed. Our members are known as VINCENTIANS and are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group and economic level with one unified mission to serve our neighbors in need with humility and without judgement.
In 1845, our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, known as the “Apostle in a Top Hat”, came to realize the great need that existed in the poor tenements of Paris. In the name of our patron, St. Vincent de Paul, The Society emerged to bring about systemic change through Charity and Justice.Today, The Society spans the globe, serving in over 150 countries worldwide. Here in the United States there are more than 4,400 Conferences. Twenty-four of those Conferences are here in the Worcester area.