WHO WE ARE
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Organized locally, members witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The society collaborates with other people of good will to relieve need and address the causes of poverty because in those in need, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
The primary role of the Vincentian is not to pay the bills, furnish groceries, or clothe someone, but to provide loving and compassionate interest in individuals. If that interest calls for food, clothing or other assistance, so be it. However, it is in loving where the contact with Christ emerges. That contact with Christ is what separates the Society of St. Vincent de Paul from just another social agency.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Frederic Ozanam, and patron Saint Vincent de Paul.
Members, known as Vincentians, work to serve the poor in their neighborhoods and communities, visiting the poor where they are. Vincentians strive to see the face of Christ in those they serve, with the humility of knowing that any help they provide is by the grace of God.
Oklahoma City Archdiocesan Council
The mission of the Oklahoma City Archdiocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to support and develop the district councils of the archdiocese and the conferences they serve. We encourage spiritual growth, fellowship, and knowledge of the Rule in our efforts to serve the needs of the poor.