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Charism and Ethos

VLM is a member of the Vincentian family network, or FAMVIN, a group of organisations inspired by the life and ethos of St Vincent de Paul, a French saint born in 1581, remembered and respected for his care and compassion towards the poor and needy of his time.

St. Vincent embraced humble and grateful service to others, especially to those who are poor. He was concerned with the whole person – body, mind and spirit. This holistic approach to caring translates to all of the activities that our volunteers participate in through our partner projects overseas.

The Vincentian Family in Ireland ( is made up of those organisations who are founded by or inspired by the life and work of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. They share the belief that God is present among us and particularly in those who are marginalised or living in poverty. There are 9 branches of the Vincentian Family in Ireland – Society of St Vincent de Paul, Depaul Ireland, Daughters of Charity, Association International de la Charite, Holy Faith Sisters, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice, Association of the Miraculous Medal, Congregation of the Mission and VLM.

What does it mean to be “Vincentian?”

VLM operates internationally as part of the MISEVI network. MISEVI is a collaborative effort of Vincentian groups committed to the values of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. The members of the Network are independent organisations that invite lay adults to work for justice while tending to the needs of those who are poor and to deepen their faith through prayer, community and reflection. Vincentian spirituality is at the heart of the VLM program.