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Membership in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul


About the Society 

As members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we work for a global Catholic ministry with a membership of more than 800,000 volunteers worldwide, dedicated to serving Christ in those around us.  There are over 4,500 conferences (local chapters) in the United States alone. 

Our conference in Bremerton is one of 6 conferences that make up the District Council on the Olympic Penninsula. The District is under the Archdiocese of Seattle. 

Vincentians seek  to bear witness to the love of Christ through:

  • prayer 
  • meditation on the scriptures
  • the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • their daily lives
  • and in their relationship with those in need and with our fellow Vincentians.

Types of Membership

From the National Society Website:

In the United States, there are three types of membership in SVdP: Active (Full) Member, Associate Member, and Contributing Member.

1. Active (Full) Members must belong to the Catholic Church, accept the Basic Principles or Charter of the Society, be accepted and enrolled as an Active Member by a Conference. In addition, they need to take part in the life of the Conference to which they belong. Participation implies involvement in SVdP meetings, charitable activities, and religious observances. 

2. Associate Members, like the Active Members, are affiliated with the Society by formal action of the Conference or Council with which the member will be joined. Associate Members include those who sincerely and publicly accept the Society's basic principles but may or may not belong to the Catholic Church. Associate Members are kept informed of the developments and activities of their immediate groupings, as well as the general progress of the Society, particularly in the local area or diocese. Associate members are invited to attend the general meetings and special observances of the Society. They participate, as they are able, in the charitable activism of the Society in their area.

3. Contributing Members require no formal action for enrollment. Recognition of such status is simply granted by the Society in acknowledging the financial donations of generous or regular contributors. Contributors are invited to be present at general and special meetings.