About Us

About the Society
Some local members

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international catholic lay organization which offers women and men the opportunity for spiritual formation through person-to-person service to the poor and needy.

Since 1833
Frederic Ozanam

Founded in France in 1833 by a young college student, Frederic Ozanam, the Society grew quickly. The Society models its service to the poor after St. Vincent de Paul, a French priest who lived in France in the 17th century.

Our Diocesan Council
Executive Director accepts donation at Greater Johnstown High School

The Society was reorganized in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in 1981 and continues today with 22 parish conferences, 8 thrift stores, 5 food pantries, 2 food distribution warehouses, a Youth Ministry program, 2 family kitchens, and a car donation program.