SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
St. Gabriel the Archangel Conference
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The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is a worldwide Christian community; founded in Paris in 1833, by a group of young Catholic lay people and an older person, who joined together to create the first Conference. The vocation of the Society's members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love... Vincentians serve in hope.
THE PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF OUR SERVICE is to provide...
Any form of personal help...
No work of charity is foreign to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity and personal integrity in all their dimensions.
... to anyone in need. The Society serves those in need regardless of creed, ethnic, or social background, health, gender, or political opinions.
To Seek Out the Poor
Vincentians strive to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity.
Adaptation to a Changing World... Faithful to the spirit of its founders, the Society constantly strives for renewal, adapting to changing world conditions. It seeks to be ever aware of the changes that occur in human society and new types of poverty that may be identified or anticipated. It gives priority to the poorest of the poor and to those who are most rejected by society.
Source: The "Rule" (guidelines published by the Confederation International of Society of Saint Vincent De Paul)