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.

​   Missioner Tales

I walked the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday with prisoners at one of the men's prisons in Lima, Peru, where I work. In the procession the prisoners carried a heavy cross on their shoulders as they walked slowly in silence. As I walked along with them, under the hot sun, I re­alized each of us is carrying our own burdens. There is no need to remind the inmates to carry their own cross­es, since they already do this every moment of every day.

It took three hours to get around the whole prison to finish the Sta­tions of the Cross. As we returned to the chapel, the prisoners, covered with sweat and dust, stood in line awaiting their turn to kneel and kiss the feet of Jesus. When they got up, their eyes were wet with tears, and my heart was sad with grief. I cannot imagine the weight of the crosses that they are carrying alone.

Miyoung Sung, M.M.
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.


2018 Annual Report

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.