The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is a lay Catholic organization. Membership is open to all those who desire to live their faith by serving Christ by serving their neighbours. Volunteers with SSVP are called to do Christ’s work in their own communities. These volunteers are called Vincentians.
In parishes where SSVP is active, many Vincentians deliver emergency food baskets to individuals and families in need. Other Vincentians help distribute nutritious food, like bread, canned goods and fresh produce that may otherwise be wasted, or organize parish schools to collect food and money to support SSVP’s work.
In addition to providing food to economically-vulnerable Calgarians, Vincentians sometimes help people access funds for housing, utilities and transportation. Vincentians who conduct Home Visits work with individuals and families who need help accessing other social and economic supports.
Globally, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul aims to be recognized as a global organization that seeks the integral dignity of those in greater need.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul strives to be a network of friends, seeking personal holiness through service to the needy and in defence of social justice.
Vincentians work, live and volunteer expressing the values of:
“Whatsover you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.”