Our Saint is St Vincent de Paul. A humble man with an extraordinary talent for winning hearts and minds, he had a gift of dealing sensitively with both the rich and the poor. This ability to relate to people allowed St Vincent to channel the faith and skills of many wealthy and educated people to help the poor in the slums of Paris. His life was the inspiration behind the St Vincent de Paul Society, a charity now spanning 150 countries. Today, we still draw motivation from St Vincent’s values of compassion and humility. When he died in 1660, he left a strong spiritual legacy of seeing the face of Christ in the poor. That legacy of seeing the goodness and holiness of those we serve provides the spiritual sustenance for our work, and will continue to inspire us into the future.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)
An Irish monk and pilgrim is the inspiration behind our charity, Columban Missionaries. St Columban, born around 545, travelled across Europe to share the gospel, and was an outspoken advocate of unity and dialogue. He was a catalyst for change, challenging
the status quo of the Church and civil authorities. Today, Columban Missionaries can be found all over the world, in places like Korea and Japan, Pakistan and the Philippines. They are advocates and activists, working alongside others to tackle poverty, share the gospel and care for God’s creation.