“Help honours when, to the bread that nourishes, it adds the visit that consoles, the advice that enlightens, the friendly shake of the hand that lifts up sinking courage when it treats the poor man with respect, not only as an equal but as a superior, since he is suffering that which we would perhaps not be able to bear ourselves; since he is among us as the messenger of God, sent to put our justice and charity to the test, and to save us by our works.”
(Frédéric Ozanam, from an article in L’Ère nouvelle, October 21, 1848.)
As a Catholic lay organization, we will embrace the world in a
network of charity, serving Christ in the suffering, the poor
and the marginalized, bringing them love and respect, aid and
development, hope and joy, in a more just society.
We also seek to deepen our spirituality and the mutual love and
support amongst members, so that, seeing how we serve those in
need with one mind and heart, people are attracted to the Society
and to Christ who animates it.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization
whose mission is:
To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with
love, respect, justice and joy.
(Rule and Statutes of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Canada)