Mission and Values



The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is:

to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.


The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies that as Vincentians we

  • see Christ in anyone who suffers
  • come together as a family
  • have personal contact with the poor
  • help in all possible ways


The Confederation of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul proposes a logo. However it is up to each National (Superior) Council to authorize the use of the Society's logo within its jurisdiction. This logo has been adopted by the National Council of Canada.

The logo has the following meaning:

The fish is the symbol of Christianity and, in this case, represents the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

The eye of the fish is the vigilant eye of God seeking to help the poor in our midst. The crossing at the tail or the tie-knot represents unity and oneness among members and also the union with the poor. The circle bounding the logo signifies the global or worldwide stature of the SSVP, an international Society. The words "serviens in spe" mean "to serve in hope", the hope that comes from Our Lord Jesus Christ.