Membership in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

About The Society
 

As members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we work for a global Catholic ministry with a membership of more than 800,000 volunteers worldwide, dedicated to serving Christ in those around us. It's a big organization!

There are over 4400 conferences (local chapters) in the United States alone. In 2015, nearly 100,000 American volunteers donated 17.9 million hours of service, assisting 23 million people.

Our Vancouver Council is part of the Seattle Archdiocesan Council, and our Columbia River District Council is one of six District Councils in Western Washington.  

Membership - Becoming a "Vincentian"
 

Vincentians seek  to bear witness to the love of Christ through

  • prayer 
  • meditation on the scriptures
  • the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • their daily lives
  • and in their relationship with those in need and with our fellow Vincentians.

From the National Society website:

In the United States, there are three types of membership in SVdP: Active (Full) Member, Associate Member, and Contributing Member.

1. Active (Full) Members must belong to the Catholic Church, accept the Basic Principles or Charter of the Society, be accepted as an Active Member by a Conference and be enrolled in it. In addition, they need to take part in the life of the Conference to which they belong. Participation implies involvement in SVdP meetings, charitable activities, and religious observances. 

2. Associate Members, like the Active Member, are affiliated with the Society by formal action of the Conference or Council with which the member will be joined. Associate Members include those who sincerely and publicly accept the Society's basic principles but may or may not belong to the Catholic Church. Associate Members are kept informed of the developments and activities of their immediate groupings, as well as the general progress of the Society, particularly in the local area or diocese. Associate members are invited to attend the general meetings and special observances of the Society. They participate, as they are able, in the charitable activism of the Society in their area.

3. Contributing Members require no formal action for enrollment. Recognition of such status is simply granted by the Society in acknowledging the financial donations of generous or regular contributors. Contributors are invited to be present at general and special meetings.