Who WE ArE

Who We are

  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of lay Catholics  who seek to grow in holiness by following Jesus' clear commandment to all of us to personally help the poor and needy around us. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the largest lay Catholic charity organization in the world. We have over 700,000 members in 151 countries, with over 61,000 of us in the United States. If you travel anywhere in the country and you mention the St. Vincent de Paul Society at any parish you visit, they will very likely know about us.

  • We call ourselves "Vincentians", in tribute to St. Vincent de Paul. What all Vincentians have in common is a desire to serve those who are poor and sufferig - those in need, the homeless, the sick, the lonely, and the elderly. 

  • Vincentians help with food, provide clothing and furniture, and help prevent homelessness by helping with rent and assisting with utility bills. We also assist in many other ways that help people in need. The motto of the Society is "No act of charity is foreign to the Society."

  • We perform our charity in local groups called "Conferences". We have conferences in over 150 countries around the world. 

  • The Society serves the poor regardless of race or creed. 

  • Vincentians embrace the lonely, forgotten, and alienated and provide service to anyone in need. By helping those in need, we offer hope to individuals, providing a chance for them to recover from their financial problems, often keeping them from becoming homeless.

  • It may not be easy to see them, but there are families and individuals throughout northern Alabama who right now are in desperate need of all of our love and support. Despite the prosperity of our community, poverty and pain are all around us. Often, SVDP represents a lifeline for people struggling to survive. In the spirit of Christ, who leads our ministry, we help our neighbors based on need – without judgment.  

  •  We seek to embrace the lonely and the forgotten, and to transform pain and despair into healing, acceptance and hope.

  • Vincentians realize that many seeking our help are just like us, but due to bad luck that any one of us are vulnerable to, they are now in desperate need of help. A common example is the person who has worked hard their entire life, providing well for the family, but is now suddenly disabled and can no longer work. The income is now zero, until they might qualify for government assistance, but the heating, rent, and food bills do not stop coming.

  • Family home visits have always been the fundamental activity of Vincentians. Our goal is to personally meet the family seeking help, get to know them and understand their situation, determine the best way we can help, and remain in contact with the family throughout their crisis, continuing to help where possible. 

  • To respect the wishes of those who donate to us to support our works, we do our best to verify the legitimacy of our clients' claims of need before providing any financial assistance.

  • The Society serves the community by way of Conferences that are affiliated with one or more Catholic parishes. Vincentian members will respond to help those in need, generally in the area of their affiliated parish(es), but are not limited by any geographical boundaries. We will also serve via larger works that may serve the area of the entire diocese.

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul

The Society in the Biloxi Area

The Society in the area of the Diocese of Biloxi

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul currently has 

18 Conferences operating within the

 area of the Diocese of Biloxi.

  1. · Bay St. Louis Our Lady of the Gulf
  2. · Biloxi Infant of Prague (Free Pharmacy)
  3. · Biloxi Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. · Biloxi Our Lady of Fatima
  5. · Biloxi St. Michael
  6. · D'Iberville Sacred Heart
  7. · Gulfport St. James
  8. · Gulfport St. John
  9. · Gulfport St. Joseph 
  10. · Hattiesburg Sacred Heart
  11. · Hurley St. Ann
  12. · Laurel Immaculate Conception
  13. · Long Beach St. Thomas 
  14. · Ocean Springs Mother Seton
  15. · Ocean Springs St. Alphonsus
  16. · Pascagoula - includes all East Jackson Co. parishes
  17. · Pass Christian Holy Family
  18. · Picayune St. Charles Borromeo

SVDP Council of Biloxi

SVDP Council of Biloxi

Additional Information

Additional Information About the Society in the USA


For additional information about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please visit our national website www.svdpusa.org.

SVDP Free Pharmacy in Biloxi

SVDP Free Pharmacy in Biloxi