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God demands first of all the heart, and then the work – St. Vincent

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international lay Catholic charitable organization present in 144 countries of the world.  It is composed of ordinary men and women, 700,000 strong, who do incredible things not for themselves but for others.

Frédéric Ozanam and six friends from the University of Paris founded the Society on April 23, 1833. Under his vision, the Society provides person-to-person service to those who are in need.  The Society serves all persons regardless of race, creed, color or status.

Members call themselves “Vincentians,” after the recognized patron of charity, St. Vincent de Paul, and membership is open to all wishing to serve the suffering and needy.  There are three types of membership: Active (Full) Associate, and Contributing.

The basic unit of the Society is the “conference,” usually parish-based, supported and served by a “council.”  The National Council, instituted by the international headquarters in Paris, officially represents the Society throughout the United States and internationally.  The governance of the National Council is vested in a Board presided over by an elected National President and other officers.  Because of the vastness of the country, eight regional vice presidents help facilitate communication and service.

501(c)3 IRS Tax Exempt Letter – Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certifies the federal tax exempt status of the Council of Orange County Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a 501(c)3 organization holding Federal Tax ID Number 95-3033494.


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