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.

Events

SAVE THE DATE!

Our Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at two locations:

Southshore - New Orleans City Park - Reunion Shelter & Festival Grounds

Northshore - Mandeville Lakefront - Corner Lakeshore Dr. & Jackson, across from Pontchartrain Yacht Club

Jazzin' on the River 2018

Thanks to all who came out and took part in our wonderful celebration on Saturday!
The 2018 Jazzin' on the River was a tremendous success! We hoped you all enjoyed!

Congratulations to our 2018 Top Hat Award recipient, Paul Claudel, of Christ the King Conference!

Congratulations to our Adult Learning Center Graduates!

King Amir El, Shanitha Atkinson, Newteller Davis, Audry Farria (Student Keynote Speaker), Sister Marie Elizabeth Jerry, Miguel Martinez.
 
Many thanks to Sister Bonita Sniegowski, Sister of Notre Dame, and Sister Marsha Tierney, Daughter of Charity (pictured here), along with all of our volunteers that assisted our students in their achievement.

Our Mission Statement

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.

Our Identity Statement

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

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.

Our Vision

The vision of Blessed Frederic Ozanam was: "To establish a network of charity and social justice to encircle the world."

Our Values

  • Holiness of Life - Growth in intimacy with Jesus is a life-long process. Prayer is essential, personal and communal.
  • Service of the Poor - The dignity of the human person. The preferential option for the poor. The identification of Jesus with the poor.
  • Humility - The virtue of humility, personal and corporate. Poverty in spirit is the primary Beatitude.
  • Simplicity - The virtue of simplicity. Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the Poor. Divine Providence.
  • Charity - The Society is concerned with charity and justice. The virtue of charity within and outside the Society. Solidarity.
  • Community of Faith - Friendship. Community.

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.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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.

History

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