Mission Statement

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (acronym SSVP) 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.


The Confederation of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, (the International Council General) has adopted a logo and recommended it to the Society in every country. The National Council of Canada has adopted this logo.
  • The fish is the symbol of Christianity and, in this case, represents the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
  • The eye of the fish is the vigilant eye of God seeking to help the poor in our midst.
  • The crossing at the tail or the tie-knot represents unity and oneness among members and also the union with the poor.
  • The circle bounding the logo signifies the global or worldwide stature of the SSVP, an international Society
  • The phrase serviens in spe means to serve in hope, the hope that comes from Our Lord Jesus Christ
SSVP logo