The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul began in 1833.  Frederic  Ozanam, a 20 year old university student met regularly with fellow catholic students to discuss issues of the day. At one of the public meetings, Ozanam was challenged by a member of the audience to answer the question about what was the church doing to be a source of good. Unable to respond, Ozanam and his friends were inspired to take action, which led to the creation of the Conference of charity with the purpose of serving the poor.

The Conference of Charity determined that no act of charity would be foreign to their organization. The members would go out to the street of Paris to meet the poor intheir homes. Members provided food, clothing, shelter, financial and spiritual support to individuals and families in need. Under the guidance of Sr. Rosalie Rendu, Ozanam emphasized the importance of giving kindness, respect, and compassion to people in need.

Frederic Ozanam  choose the 17th century priests. Vincent de paul, known as the Apostle of Charity, to be patron saint of the organization, which was later renamed the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Today there are members serving in over 140 countries around the globe.

Local History:

The Society began in the United States in 1845 in Saint Louis, Missouri.  The society has conferences at many locations in South Carolina. Our conference is the only conference in the Grand Strand area serving Horry and Georgetown counties. We opened our conference in May of 2015 and since our opening we have helped many in our community by providing food and shelter .


843-424-3820 to set up an appointment or find out more information.


Our food pantry is open each Wednesday from 3 to 5 PM at Saint Michael Church (Parish activity center) and no appointment is necessary to receive food.


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Helpful Links

Diocese of Charleston
Catholic Charities
St. Michael's Church
SVdP National Organization

Society Members Support

Society Support Line