Society of St Vincent de Paul

Prince George, B.C.

“We are not blessed with two separate lives ... one for seeking the truth

and the other for putting it into practice.” 

-- Frédéric Ozanam

History of the Society of St Vincent de Paul

In May 1833, Antoine Frédéric Ozanam (23 April 1813 – 8 September 1853), a brilliant young law student and journalist at the time, founded the society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris, France. The living conditions of the poor so appalled Ozanam that he organized himself and six other students into a society dedicated to serving those in need. They named the society after Saint Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660), a priest who had dedicated his life to charity.

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society spread at an incredible rate. Today, the Society operates in more than 130 countries around the world. The Society is dedicated to serving everyone, regardless of their colour, race, gender, or religious beliefs. Members of the Society come from all walks of life, and work in quiet, non-judgmental ways to uplift and serve humanity. 

Saint Vincent de Paul

1581 - 1660

feast day:  Sept 27

History of the Society in Prince George

In the early 1980s, a group of Prince George residents saw the need to provide an evening meal to people living in the downtown rooming houses and those who were homeless. From this initial work of providing sandwiches and coffee on the street came the first Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Prince George. This service is now provided from our Drop-In Centre at 1220 Second Avenue. Later, the Saint Vincent de Paul Store was started.

Blessed Frederic Ozanam

1813 - 1853

feast day:  Sept 9

The Society in Canada