Welcome to the Website of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand.
Pope greets Vincentians
Bishop Owen Dolan, Coadjutor Bishop of Palmerston North, is pictured with Pope Francis, pointing out to him the presence of the St Vincent de Paul group at the General Audience, just 50 metres away. The photo shows the Pope acknowledging the group with a wave.
Bishop Dolan was at the International Assembly of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, held in Rome 3- 5 June 2016. There were National Presidents from well over 100 countries present at the Assembly.
New Zealand was represented by Terry Comber, National President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand.
At the meeting Mr Renato Lima de Oliverira from Brazil was elected as the new International President of the Society.
The Gospel reflection of the day from Pope Francis: "I exhort you to pray with special intensity to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary that they will teach you how to love God and neighbour with full dedication".
Election of the new International President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP)
On Sunday, June 5th 2016, all the National Presidents of countries where the society is present in the world met in order to elect their new International President for the following six years.
This Sunday Renato Lima de Oliveira was elected new International President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, succeeding Michael Thio. In the coming weeks, the main task for the new Brazilian President shall be to name the members of his new administrative body and, together with his new team, to set up a strategic action plan for the following six years. The main subjects to be dealt with are the following: the international growth of SSVP, training, youth, communication, special projects, twinnings and spiritual life. Renato Lima de Oliveira shall take office on September 27th 2016, feast of Saint Vincent de Paul.
The goal of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is to radiate solidarity and mutual aid around the world, following an ambitious wager by its founder, Frederic Ozanam, who wished to ‘embrace the world in a network of charity’. Today, 800,000 volunteers are mobilised in more than 140 countries fighting against isolation, or even in humanitarian emergencies.
The International General Council is the link among the member countries of the SSVP. Its mission is to support the work of National Councils around the world. It enables the transfer of know-how, the training of leaders and it encourages twinnings which help to establish links of solidarity and financial support for development projects and for humanitarian disasters. It ensures the proper functioning of international meetings taking place yearly. The SSVP is recognised as a Non-Governmental Organisation within the United Nations.
400th anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian Charism
The entire Vincentian Family prepares to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian Charism that will take place throughout the year 2017. Logo, presentation video, anthem and announcement letter are already available on the website of the FAMVIN.
In a video posted on the occasion of the feast of Pentecost, Father Gregory Gay (Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission) addressed a message to the Vincentians: "We have closed the Year of Vincentian Collaboration and we are beginning the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian Charism from January 2017. And finally each Vincentian branch is asked to work during the rest of 2016's on the theme "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" - Matthew 25,35
From May 15, 2016 onwards, the international leaders of the Vincentian Family will take responsibility for developing a reﬂective process of consultation with their particular branch of the Family, working closely with their regional and national bodies. They are invited to focus on the following questions:
- Who are the strangers in our midst?
- How are we currently supporting them?
- What new needs are emerging?
- How might we respond to these needs?
- Might we be the strangers in need of welcoming?
This consultation and the ideas emerging from it will allow each Vincentian Family branch to develop a work plan by October 2016 to be rolled out in 2017.
2017 - St Vincent de Paul in NZ - 150 years
We will be celebrating our 150th Anniversary as a Society in New Zealand and we need your help!
If you have any old photos, newspaper clippings or any archival material that we could use for our celebrations, then please contact the National Office.
Society of St Vincent de Paul
PO Box 10815