The Vincentian Family is made up of those organisations who are founded by or inspired by the life and work of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. They share the belief that God is present among us and particularly in those who are marginalised or living in poverty. There are 9 branches of the Vincentian Family in Ireland.
AIC is a 150,000 strong body of women volunteering to combat poverty in 53 countries in across five continents, and their mission is to represent the compassion of Jesus to people in need. Founded in Ireland in 1843, they were first known as Ladies of Charity.
Following his experience in January 1617 in Gannes‑Folleville Vincent had tried to find a religious order to undertake the work of evangelising the poor people in the rural villages. Unable to do so, and with monies deeded by the de Gondis, in 1625 he founded the Congregation of the Mission.
The Daughters of Charity are an International Community of Apostolic Life within the Catholic Church. Founded by St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac in 1633 in France they first came to Ireland in 1855 when the country was still recovering from the effects of the Famine and great poverty abounded.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is an international voluntary membership organisation which began in Paris in 1833 when a young law student at the Sorbonne, Fr d ric Ozanam, was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in Paris.
The AMM—the Association for the Miraculous Medal—is a worldwide organisation which was founded to spread the message of the Medal. In Ireland it is active in Belfast and Dublin.
The VMY movement helps the members strengthen their baptismal consecration and develop a close relationship with Jesus, and with Mary, His Mother.
Our particular heritage comes from Margaret Aylward, a Waterford woman, who founded the Congregation of the Holy Faith in Ireland in 1867. As she visited the sick poor in Dublin as a Lady of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, she became aware of a more urgent need.
Depaul is a charity helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Depaul believes homelessness has no place in society, and exists to serve homeless individuals and families, at risk or already caught in the spiral of homelessness, deprived of all control of their lives, and where every door is closed to them.
Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) is a not-for- profit volunteer sending organisation. We work in partnership with the Vincentian Fathers and the Daughters of Charity to support their work with disadvantaged people in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Burkina Faso.