Our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, stated that: 

‘…You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis. You must study their injustices which brought about such poverty, with the aim of a long-term improvement.’ 

The St Vincent de Paul Society reflects its lay Catholic Vision, Mission and Aspirations.


To be a caring Catholic charity helping people in need. We respect their dignity, share our hope and encourage those we help to take control of their own destiny.


The Society is a lay Catholic organisation aspiring to live the gospel by serving Christ in the poor and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.


A world transformed by compassion and built on justice.

Our Values 

The Society has been a Catholic group from its origins. It remains an international Catholic voluntary organisation of lay people, men and women. Our key values shape what we do, how we help our communities and how we advocate on their behalf. They are: 


Loyalty in service to our mission, vision and values


Welcoming and serving all with understanding and without judgement


Service to all regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions


Promoting, maintaining and adhering to our mission, vision and values


Establishing relationships based on respect, trust, friendship and perception


Working to transform the causes of poverty and challenging the causes of human injustice


Encouraging spiritual growth, welcoming innovation and giving hope for the future

The Society also works with all governments and like-minded organisations to advocate for public policy changes that help people reach their life potential.