As 16th President General, I announce that 2018 is the INTERNATIONAL THEMED YEAR OF FRANÇOIS LALLIER. On 8th February 2018, the International General Council will launch the International Competition, for monographs on "The First Conference - Lallier", in order to delve into the biography and works of François Lallier, one of those responsible for the collegial foundation of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, in 1833. Awards will be granted to the academic works that seek to present new or less well-known aspects of the personal, professional, Vincentian and family life of Lallier, with the aim of highlighting his contribution to the birth of the first Conference and to the spread of the SSVP throughout the world.

François Lallier (1814-1886) studied with Ozanam at the Faculty of Law in the Sorbonne. They were very close friends, Lallier even being the godfather of Marie Josephine Ozanam, Ozanam’s daughter. He married in 1839, and had a son (Henri), but suffered the pain of losing his daughter Julie. He was one of the most active during the debates in the Conferences of History, and also very active in all the foundation stages of the Society.

In 1837, Lallier was appointed general secretary of the Society, in charge of drafting circulars and letters. He was the youngest founder, and the last to die. He was a living witness of the innumerable events involving the new entity.

In the SSVP, Lallier was one of the main advisors to the Conferences and during discussions about establishing the Society in other countries, he always kept in mind the origin of the institution. He founded many Conferences. Besides working with those in need, Lallier was actively interested in archaeology, as a member of the Society of Archaeology in the town of Sens, France. He prepared reports about his discoveries and took part in archaeology conferences, in addition to publishing various social and political studies.

One of Lallier’s most outstanding works was the writing of the booklet "Origins of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, as remembered by its first members", in 1879, at the request of the 3rd President General, Adolphe Baudon. On that occasion, he met the remaining founders still alive (Le Taillandier, Lamache and Devaux) to prepare this document, which was published in 1882 and is kept in the library of the General Council, available for consultation.

With this rich biography, the International General Council believes that the International Competition for monographs on "The First Conference - Lallier" will be a great success as it was for the Year of Bailly (2017), the prizes for which were awarded to Vincentians from different parts of the world. This is just what we wish: to know more detail about the life and works of our founders, their qualities, virtues and imperfections, since they shaped the DNA of our organisation, and we feel their energy and their blood in our veins.

The rules for this competition will be available on the CGI’s website in the forthcoming weeks; keeping the general guidelines used for the 2017competition, cash awards will be given32 both for the winning authors and for the Conferences to which they belong. We are sure that the academic works about Lallier will be as rich as those about Bailly, offering interesting and fascinating detail about the life of this man who was so important in for the history of the SSVP.

I invite all Superior Councils to publish articles and reflections focused on the leading role of François Lallier in the foundation process of the SSVP, encouraging the study of his life and work, his personal, professional, academic and Vincentian aspects, thus contributing with the General Council to the launch of the International Themed Year, 2018.

On 8th December 2018, the closing date of the "International Themed Year of François Lallier", we intend to celebrate holy masses around the world for the founders of the SSVP, especially in memory of François Lallier.

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16 John Street, Whangarei, (09) 430 8647


Hamilton Area Council

Society Centre, 42 High Street, Frankton, Hamilton 3204, (07) 847 0446

Conferences are situated at:

  • Ngaruawahia; Frankton; Fairfield; Morrinsville; Te Aroha; Cathedral; Hillcrest; Te Awamutu; Te Rapa; Cambridge; Taumaranui.


Thermal Lands Area Council

Society Shop, 213 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Opotiki; Kawerau; Rotorua (2); Taupo; Whakatane; Tokoroa; Gisborne


Western Bay of Plenty Area Council

766 Cameron Road, Tauranga Phone (07) 578 8218

Conferences are situated at:

  • Katikati; Tauranga (2); Te Puna; Te Puke; Mt Maunganui; Waihi




Napier Area Council

Society Centre: 245 Dickens Street, Napier 4110 Phone (06) 835 9854

Conferences are situated at:

  • Taradale; Napier


Hastings Area Council

Society Shop, 117 Avenue Road East, Hastings 4122. (06) 876 7511

Conferences are situated at:

  • Havelock North; Waipukurau and Hastings (2).


Taranaki Area Council

Society Centre 243 High Street, Hawera 4610.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Stratford; Fitzroy; Hawera; New Plymouth.


Wanganui Area Council

Society Centre: 217 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui 4500, Phone (06) 345 0161

Conferences are situated at:

  • Gonville; Wanganui.


Manawatu Area Council

Society of St Vincent de Paul C/- P.O. Box 2039 - Shop: 252 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North -  (06) 357 6779.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Feilding; Pahiatua; Dannevirke; Foxton; Palmerston North.


Kapi Mana Area Council

Society Centre 18 Mungavin Avenue, Porirua 5024, Phone (04) 237 5968

Conferences are situated at:

  • Tawa; Waikanae/Paraparaumu ( Our Lady of Kapiti); Levin; Otaki; Plimmerton.


Hutt Valley and Wairarapa Area Council

Society Centre: 3!6 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012. Phone (04) 568-6408

Conferences are situated at:

  • Heretaunga; Waiwhetu; Petone; Naenae; Stokes Valley; Upper Hutt; Avalon; Wainuiomata; Lower Hutt.


Wellington Area Council

Society Centre: 207-209 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington 6037 Phone (04) 389 7122.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Newlands; Seatoun; Onslow; Mt Victoria; Kilbirnie; Northland; Wellington Central; Johnsonville.



Nelson Area Council

Society Centre, 77 Vanguard Street, Nelson 7010, Phone (03) 548 9372.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Richmond; Takaka; Stoke; Nelson; Motueka.


Marlborough Area Council

Society Centre 63 High Street, Blenheim 7201 Phone (03) 577 8378

Conferences are situated at:

  • Picton; Blenheim.


West Coast Area Council

Conferences are situated at:

  • Reefton; Westport; Hokitika; Greymouth


Christchurch Area Council

P.O. Box 26 007 North Avon, Christchurch, 265 Stanmore Road, Christchurch 8013. Phone (03) 389 7484.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Burnside; Mairehau; New Brighton; Papanui; St Mary's Manchester Street; Bryndwr; Kaiapoi; Rangiora; St Albans; Hoon Hay; Sockburn; Addington; Woolston; Hornby; Beckenham; Halswell.


South & Mid Canterbury Area Council

Society Centre: 81 Stafford Street, Timaru, 7910. Phone (03) 688 1319.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Ashburton (phone (03) 307 0107); Temuka; Timaru North; Timaru; Waimate.



Dunedin Area Council

Society  Centre, 452 George Street, Dunedin 9016(03) 477 0555

Conferences are situated at:

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Southland Area Council

Society Centre, 135 Mary Street, Invercargill, 9812, Phone (03) 217 9752.

Conferences are situated at:

  • Gore; Invercargill; Invercargill North.