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Q. What is the Vincentian family?

A. The Vincentian Family is a worldwide, living reality. Countless men and women live the spirit, tradition, and spirituality of the Apostle of Charity and Father of the Poor: Saint Vincent de Paul. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one branch of this colossal Vincentian Family Tree.

The Vincentian Family encompasses millions of people drawn to the charism of St. Vincent de Paul. His spirit and spirituality appeal to the human heart.

  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has more than 750,000 active members in 142 countries.
  • The International Association of Charities numbers 260,000 members in 49 countries.
  • Vincentian Marian Youth groups number 240,000 members in 45 countries.
  • The Daughters of Charity have 24,000 members in 87 countries.
  • The Congregation of the Mission has 4,000 members in 80 countries.
  • The Sisters of Charity Federation numbers approximately 7,000 members.
  • The Religious of St. Vincent de Paul number some 250 priests and brothers.
  • The Association of the Miraculous Medal boasts 5-10 million members in 15 countries.
  • MISEVI has 30 members in 4 countries.


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The Society

The primary focus of The Society since 1865 has been the assistance of individuals that call for help. That help may include assistance with utility bills, food baskets, rent or mortgage assistance.  It could also include help paying medical bills and whatever else the person may need to get back on their feet.

In Brief

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul first arrived in Memphis in 1865. The first conference (or group of volunteers) gathered at St. Peter and Paul parish in downtown Memphis. Since then the Society has grown to ten conferences, with hundreds of Vincentians, as the members are called. That number does not include the scores of volunteers that work at the food mission.