We are a Catholic organization, founded by Bl. Frederick Ozanam in 1833, following in the spirit, tradition, and spirituality of "the Apostle of Charity and Father of the Poor", St.Vincent de Paul. We are men and women who come from all walks of life, reaching out to the poor, widows, the sick, the unwanted, the homeless, immigrants, recovering addicts, and all who are in need of help. We try to see the face of Christ in them, and want them to see the face of Christ in us.
In his Circular Letter of December 12, 1915, Vicomte Hendecourt, President-General writes:
"The society has two aims: to do a great deal of spiritual good for its members and temporal good for the poor families in the name of Jesus Christ. If it did not continually seek to combine these two aims, it would lose its raison d'etre. If it were to seek only the holiness of its members through pious exercises, there is no lack of Confraternities and Third Orders to meet that need, If on the other hand, it were to seek only the relief of the temporal miseries of the poor, it would only add one more to the list of public and private institutions founded for that purpose."