Mission and Vision
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Canada 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
Working for Social Justice
The Society is concerned not only with alleviating the need but also with identifying the injustices that
cause it. Therefore, it is committed to identifying the root causes of poverty and contributing to their
elimination. In all its charitable actions there should be a search for justice.
Affirming the dignity of each human being as created in God's image, Vincentians envision a just society
in which the rights, responsibilities and development of all people are promoted. The distractive
approach of Vincentians to issues of social justice is to see them from the perspective of those in need
who are suffering from injustice. The Society helps those in need to speak for themselves. When they
cannot, the Society must speak on their behalf so that they will not be ignored.
The Society's vision goes beyond the immediate future and looks towards sustainable development and
protection of the environment for the benefit of future generations.