Vincentian Charism

St. Vincent de Paul is known as “the saint of charity” throughout the world and his approach to serving the poor is held up as the example of how to go about helping others in their poverty of life.

Vincent doesn’t offer us a spirituality, a teaching on prayer or the spiritual life. He offers us a Way.  He shows us how we can meet our God in our everyday experiences, in the events, the persons, the circumstances of our lives. 

For Vincent experienced true Charity – the Love that led God to send his Son among us… ‘to bring the good news to the poor’ (Lk 4:18). He responded to God’s love and call, and saw himself and his followers as being sent also ‘to bring good news to the poor’.