Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is “a network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.” Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Vincentians) strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to neighbors in need. The National Council provides training, education, spiritual formation, and financial support as they assist millions of neighbors in need. Vincentians offer tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. This aid may be intervention, consultation, or direct financial or in-kind service. An essential principle of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of our neighbors in need. We serve more than 5 million people annually.

By the grace of God and the blessings of our charitable donors, SVDP assists neighbors, who have exhausted all other resources, to pay utility, rent, car repairs, dental assistance, and more! There is a great need in our community to serve the poor among us. We invite you to discover more and/or donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society by calling 218-656-0345.  The SVDP chapter for Brainerd/Baxter, named St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Conference, meets twice a month at St. Andrew’s Church in Brainerd. Meeting dates are the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:00 pm.

Who we are:

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the local community. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young Catholic lay people under the leadership of Blessed Frederic Ozanam. St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) is the patron of the Society which bears his name.


New members are always welcome. There are three levels of membership when considering joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul:

  1. Active – attend meetings when possible and be active in the work of the conference.
  2. Associate – may or may not attend meetings or engage in the works of the conference on a regular basis. They are kept informed of the activities of the conference.
  3. Contributing – those who regularly provide financial support but who do not engage directly in the conference’s work.

To know more:

St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Conference encourages you to join us if you would like to increase your spiritual growth through fellowship, silent works of charity, quietly and discreetly aiding needy families by making personal visits to homes and serving the distressed. For more information contact us at 218-656-0345.

St. Mother Teresa: “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces we have received, and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”