Who We Are
The Society is a worldwide lay movement, fulfilling uniquely one of the principal apostolate of the Church. The members witness to their Christianity by bringing God’s love to the poor.
SSVP is a Non-governmental Organization duly registered in Nigeria. Its mission is to serve to the very poorest, friends in need (FIN) and the excluded, with deep respect regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health or political opinions, to provide any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and to promote human dignity and personal integrity in all their dimensions. Because of its work and association with the poor, many people refer to the Society as “Saint Vincent de Poor Society”. The Society was founded by Blessed Federic Ozanam and named after its Patron Saint, St. Vincent de Paul.
We are called to love and serve the poor By bringing God’s good news to them, Especially the most abandoned, the most and the most Vulnerable in a concrete and direct way.
The Society was founded in France in 1833 by a group of students led by a law student, Frederic Ozanam. In his lifetime it grew to over 2,500 Conferences round the world.
Today there are more than 75,000 Conferences with over 755,000 members working in 136 countries throughout the world.
The patron Saint of the Society is St. Vincent de Paul. He died 173 years before the Society was founded, but was chosen as Patron because the name of Vincent de Paul is synonymous with Charity, charity or love is the same as saying God, because “God is love.”
The Society is therefore rooted and founded in the love of God.