189th Anniversary of the Founding of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
France, April 23rd, 1833. A group of young university students, faced with social inequalities and injustices, decided to take action in the hope of changing the world. To this end, the group of friends who wish to share their faith and translate it into action found the first conference of charity, prayer, friendship and action. They come together to visit the Mouffetard district, one of the poorest of Paris. It was a Daughter of Charity, Sister Rosalie Rendu, who accompanied and guided them, instructing them in the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul.
In 1834, the Conferences took the saint as their patron saint and dedicated themselves to the Immaculate Virgin Mary. The following year the first Regulations were published and in 1839 the International General Council was constituted.
Today, the Society have 800,000 members who participate in 48,000 Conferences in 153 territories (and growing), helping 30 million people a year. The Vincentian Family in Ireland congratulates all SVP members around the world on the 189th anniversary of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.