The Society of S. Vincent de Paul (SVP)

Purpose of the SVP

Assisting the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised.

Potted history

Founded in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, together with five other students.

Vincentian virtues

Simplicity, humility, selflessness, meekness, zeal.

Practical assistance

Visits, provision of essentials, assisting the homeless, shops, twinnage with SVP conferences overseas.


Collections, direction of funds, fund-raising efforts

Organisation of the SVP

Conferences, district councils, central councils, national councils (with boards and committees).

Local conferences

Regular meetings, prayer and spiritual readings, meeting management and meeting reports.

Training for work

Personal development, counselling assistance, apprenticeship.