“Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!”
The Young Vincentians Mission
Young Vincentians are the youngest members of the St Vincent de Paul Society in England and Wales. In the spirit of our founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, we desire to develop our faith and spirituality in order to put our faith into action; in service to the disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised of society. We have been graced with the charism from above to do what we do, in the way and for the reasons we do it. Simply put, God has entrusted a particular work and way of working that is ours – and that’s the difference between becoming a Vincentian, and joining another voluntary organisation. Being a Vincentian is an amazing VOCATION… a CALLING. Vincentians are never afraid to go out and meet the poorest of the poor, the sickest of the sick, the most imprisoned of those in prison, the hungriest of the hungry, the loneliest of the lonely… and then some! That’s because we have been given the grace to do it.
The Young Vincentians Apostolates
Aimed specifically at children, adolescents, teenagers and young adults, known collectively as Young Vincentians (YV), our vocation is lived out in over 400 groups spread across 4 different age ranges in England and Wales, which we call apostolates. Each apostolate is its own programme; co-developed and co-ordinated from the SVP National Office by the National Young Vincentians Coordinator and team, with the groups themselves belonging to the District Councils and Central Councils in which they are located.