Welcome to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul!
Welcome to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Archdiocesan Council of New Orleans. We actively strive to help fulfill the needs of the impoverished within the metropolitan New Orleans area and the surrounding communities; and have done so since 1865. Through our Special Works, and various conferences, we are here to aid the most vulnerable members of our community; by giving a hand up and not a hand out.
A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.
How Does the Society Differ from Other Charities?
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is composed of women and men who seek their personal holiness through works of charity. In this essential way, the Society differs from charitable associations or agencies whose principal objective is not the spiritual advancement of their members but the doing of good for someone else.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
The Mission Statement is clear: Vincentian ministry is a means for acquiring holiness. The ministry of a Vincentian to those and with those who stand in need is the powerful means that affects holiness of life for the individual Vincentian. Vatican II states that the principal means of holiness for bishops and priests is their ministry. This applies to the laity also, because, in attending to the needy and suffering, a Vincentian is ministering to Jesus Christ himself.