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THE HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DePAUL

 

            The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded inParis, France, in 1833.  Frederick Ozanam, a college student, was challenged by his non-believing classmates by the question, “What is your Church doing for the poor in Paris?  From that question, Frederick and six others began a group called the “Conference of Charity.  St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of the poor, was chosen to be the patron of the group.  Eventually, the organization was formally named The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and the members were, and still are, called Vincentians.

            St. Vincent, a Catholic priest, founded the Congregation of the Mission, a religious order of men who now administer colleges and missions throughout the world, primarily serving the poor; the Daughters of Charity, a religious order of women who run hospitals and social service programs, the Confraternities of Charity,  and Ladies of Charity.  Vincent, a peasant priest, was canonized a saint in 1737, and was proclaimed patron of all charitable societies , outstanding among which is our Society, which bears his name and is infused with the spirit of founder Frederick Ozanam.

            The founders of the Society began visiting the poor in Paris and helping them both spiritually and physically.  His Vincentian followers do the same today.  The Society came to the United States in 1845, beginning at the Old Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. 

            Today there are over 47,400 parish conferences throughout the world, and the Society has over 650,000 members worldwide. 

            Local parish conferences belong to a geographically defined council.  All councils in our country belong to the United States Council, which continues to operate from St. Louis.

            No work of charity is foreign to the Society.  Our ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of mankind.

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