To understand who we are today, you must first understand our history. The Society was founded in France by Blessed Fredric Ozanam in 1833 as a way for the church to show their deeds by helping the poor.We are the good works arm of the church! But, we help absolutely everyone without any discrimination or judgement. Since the founding, people have been joining and helping those in their local communities all over the world, united under our patron Saint Vincent de Paul. The key to our success throughout history, is that we offer one-on-one help through a personal relationship.
New Zealand History
New Zealand’s first unofficial conference was established in 1867 in Christchurch, but it was the Wellington Area Council which truly thrived and was officially aggregated in 1908. It is the longest, continuous conference in New Zealand.
While recognized by the church very early on, under the Religious, Charitable and Education Trusts Act, we were incorporated under the law on March 23rd 1939.
Our special works have evolved greatly over the years. We started out with a night shelter, relief work and hospital visitations. Now we run a strong food bank, offer free social work, free pregnancy assistance and much more. We are always changing to meet the current needs of society.
Our history is rich, and our future is even brighter!