Who We Are

Mission, Values & History

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is: To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.

The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies that Vincentians

  • See Christ in anyone who suffers
  • Come together as a family
  • Have personal contact with the poor
  • Help in all possible ways
History of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organization founded by Frederic Ozanam in 1833. Ozanam’s dream was to see harmony among social classes. He campaigned for justice and charity. St. Vincent de Paul was established in Canada in 1846. There are currently about one million Vincentians Serving the poor in 134 countries worldwide.

Sarnia Lambton was aggregated in November 1956 with 9 Conferences under a Particular Council. There are 7 community stores with a sorting center facility. In 2008 we opened ‘The Help Centre on Davis St. to streamline services.


Most of our workforce is comprised of volunteers. If you have a few free hours that you can dedicate to others, or a skill that can be shared, we will be happy to channel it in the right direction.

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