The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to aiding those less fortunate. Established in West Palm Beach we have aided the less fortunate for over 50 years. Many of those we helped were able to get back on their feet and start their lives a new.

Those in need are served by 15 local Conferences, a food distribution warehouse, a thrift store and several food pantries. The Society also supports twinning projects which assist the needy in Haiti and other areas of Latin America as well as local projects in Pahokee and Indiantown.


  In this Lenten season, we continue to reflect on the foundations of Saint Vincent de Paul’s
spirituality. What made Saint Vincent a Mystic of Charity is the fact that prayer was at the
center of his life. How do I understand prayer? What does prayer mean to me?

Depending on the answer, on the one hand, prayer can become a burden to be carried out day after day. It can be a collection of texts, formulas, body positions, and rules that I am required to follow. In that case, prayer eventually becomes useless, something that does not speak to me personally or to the reality of my life. However, as Saint Vincent said, “One cannot hope for much from someone who does not continually converse with God. Further, if someone does not serve the Lord as they should, it is because they are not attached enough to God, and have not asked for his grace with perfect confidence.”

​On the other hand, if prayer becomes indispensable for my life, something that cannot be detached from my person, from what I think, say, and do, then it takes on a transforming power. Prayer is a state of being, a continuous relationship with Jesus, and a source of meaning. In it, I find my life focus, my vocation, my mission, and responses for questions in my life. Because prayer originates in God, its transforming power within me continually makes “all things

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Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.

We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.

The Society was founded in 1833 in Paris by Frédéric Ozanam. As a college student, Ozanam and his companions were moved by the plight of the poor and challenged to put their Catholic faith into action. They adopted St. Vincent de Paul as the Society’s patron because he cared for the poor, forgotten and downtrodden of Paris.

The first SVdP presence in the U.S.was established in 1845 in St. Louis, Mo., where the headquarters remains. U.S. membership totals nearly100,000 in 4,500 communities. The District Council in Palm Beach was incorporated in 1960.