On 8th December 2015 the St Vincent de Paul Society in Western Australia commemorated its 150 year anniversary of the first formal meeting in 1865.

WA State President Bob Burns said it was important for the Society to celebrate the occasion as it signified an important milestone in the organisation’s history.

“In the century and a half that members, volunteers and staff have been helping people experiencing disadvantage in WA, many lives have been changed for the better,” Mr Burns said.

A military man of great commitment, John Gorman was inspired to establish the Society in WA and maintain the principles of the international Society founded by Blessed Frederic Ozanam in France in 1833.

A special mass and supper was held for members, volunteers and staff of the Society to commemorate the occasion, and provided a great opportunity for everyone to come together and remember why we do what we do, and how important the work of the Society is to the people we assist.