St Vincent de Paul Society

There is an active SVP group in our parish who selflessly work hard for people less fortunate. If you would like to offer your support or just find out a bit more about what the SVP does in our parish, then please contact the parish office and they will direct you to the people you need to speak to.

The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian organisation. Catholic in origin and character it is dedicated to helping anyone in need. The concept of need is broadly based, so visiting the sick, the lonely, the addicted and those suffering from disabilities form a large proportion of the Society's work.

The Society operates in small groups called "Conferences" based in local parishes or schools. They meet regularly to review their work as well as allocating future work in a spirit of prayer and mutual support.

Membership is open to men and women, young and old of any denomination. The SVP only asks that members accept fully the Christian ethos of the Society and are committed to express their love of God through personal service to their neighbour. The SVP respects religious liberty and values all people.

Regular visiting and personal care with relationships based on trust and friendship are what gives the SVP its unique character, distinguishing it from many other organisations. Such work is usually best organised locally, such as in a parish, whereas "Special Works" are more often based on larger towns or diocese.

The St Vincent de Paul Society, 14 Blandford St, London, W1U 4DR

Tel: 020 7935 9126 - Fax: 020 7935 9136

Email: - Web:

There is also a youth section of the SVP, more info at

Thank you to the SVP website for this text.

Copyright Our Lady of Peace & Blessed Dominic Barberi.
All rights reserved. Revised: 25 August 2011