The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international organisation of Catholic lay men and women, who seek to help those in need. The Society was founded in Paris, by a group of lay people, in 1833. The Society is named after St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), who helped the underprivileged. Starting in Paris, St Vincent organised his priest helpers into the Vincentians, and his women helpers into the Sisters of Charity. St Columba’s SVDP was first formed in 1891.
Our principal role is that of regularly visiting the sick, elderly and housebound, but some of our other activities include an annual Mass of Anointing, and a senior citizens’ outing. We are also ‘twinned’ with two overseas parishes, one in Kerala, India, the other in Utrecht, South Africa. For further information, please contact any member of the Society in St Columba’s.