The Mission of SSVP
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a lay organization founded by Blessed Frederic Ozanam in 1833. We are a Catholic Society that is open to all those who desire to live their faith in love and service of Christ to their neighbour.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (acronym SSVP) is a lay catholic organization whose specific mission is:
- To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
This mission statement sets the tone that as Vincentians we see Christ in anyone who suffers; we come together as family and friends; we have personal contact with the poor; and help in all possible ways.
The International Council General for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul adopted this logo and has recommended that it be used by the Society in all countries.
This is the logo adopted by the National Council of Canada. The logo represents the following:
- The fish, or Ichthus the Greek word for fish (ΙΧΘΥΣ) is an early Christian symbol which in our case has now come to represent the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
- The “red eye” of the fish represents God keeping vigilant watch seeking to help the poor among us.
- The “tail” whereby the crossing point represents the unity and togetherness of our members and our unity with the poor.
- The blue circle surrounding the fish represents our Catholic or universal, world wide solidarity as an International Society.
- The latin “serviens in spe” means “serve in hope” guided by the mercy and love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Watch a short video to hear from Vincentians, you too can get involved. Parish Conferences are listed in the various Particular Councils pages find a conference near you. Volunteers are welcome and needed.