History of St. Vincent de Paul Society

In May 1833, Antoine Frederic Ozanam (23 April, 1813 – 8 September, 1853), a brilliant young law student and journalist, founded the society of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France.

The living conditions of the poor of his day so appalled Frederic that he organized himself and six other students into a society dedicated to serving those in need.


They named their society after St. Vincent de Paul (24 April, 1581 – 27 September, 1660), a priest had dedicated his life to the service of the poor and charitable works.

St. Vincent de Paul devoted his life to service of those in need.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society spread worldwide at an incredible rate. Today, the Society operates in more than 130 countries. Members of the Society come from all walks of life and work in quiet, accepting ways to uplift the struggling spirit and help humanity.

You can learn more about our worldwide efforts here.


The Society is dedicated to helping everyone, regardless of race, color, gender identity, religious beliefs or any other factor.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul 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 to those who were homeless.

From this initial work of providing sandwiches and coffee on the streets came the first Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Prince George. We are now pleased to help roughly 100 people at each meal, provide dozens of hampers each month, and help to clothe and provide for those who need items for themselves and their homes.