The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 40,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 150 countries and has over 800,000 members.

  • St Vincent de Paul Society

    The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam over 170 years ago. It was established by like minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action. This compassionate...

  • Our Structure

    At the heart of the St Vincent de Paul Society is a profound sense of respect for the people we serve and a desire to learn from them. No work of charity is foreign to us. No person is alien to us.

  • Mission & Vision

    The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and...

  • Spirituality

    Vincentians believe that Jesus Christ is not only God, but also truly human and at home in our world. When the voice of the poor calls, they willingly leave their prayers, or other religious practices, knowing that they...

  • History

    Paris of the early 19th century was in the grip of great upheavals. During and following the French revolution 1788-1799, Paris was profoundly affected by social unrest. A new type of society was being formed...

  • Strategic Plan

    One Society, A United Voice The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a group of Catholic university students who were willing to take a risk. They took the risk of responding to the glaring inequality and injustice...

  • FAQs

    Learn more about the people and facts behind one of Australia's largest and most iconic charities.