An Organization of Caring Members

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a global Catholic lay organization of members dedicated to serving our neighbors in need. Since 1833, we have joined together in friendship to grow spiritually through this work of charitable service. We provide our help on a person-to-person basis because in the faces of those we assist we see the face of Christ. All services that our members and volunteers provide through the Society are offered without regard to the religious beliefs, race or gender of those we assist.

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Consider Becoming a St. Vincent de Paul Member

How SVdP members do home visit

In Dane County last year, more than 400 Vincentians – St. Vincent de Paul Society members and associate members – dedicated more than 14,000 hours toward helping our neighbors in need. Each year through 18 parish-based member groups around the county, these Vincentians conduct hundreds of home visits with people who seek the Society’s assistance. Members also volunteer at our food pantry and in our other programs of service, and they work on special charity projects in their parishes and neighborhoods.  A county-wide Youth Service Council of high-school-age members also helps out with special charitable projects. If you may be interested in joining with others to help our neighbors in need as a St. Vincent de Paul member, please contact Membership Director Gayle Westfahl at (608) 442-7200, x35, or through email by clicking here.

For more information about the work of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (and for St. Vinny’s thrift stores) across the Diocese of Madison, please click here. Also, see the graphic at the bottom of this page for a listing of Madison Diocese parishes that host Society of St. Vincent de Paul member groups, known as “conferences.”

To sign up for SVdP USA VoterVoice and receive public-policy alerts and express advocacy regarding measures affecting those who are poor and vulnerable, click here.

For links to sites of some other member organizations of the Vincentian family, click here.

For a selection of resources for St. Vincent de Paul members, please click here.

St. Vincent de Paul Member Groups – Madison Diocese


“To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!”
- Pope Francis, March 2013