About St Vincent de Paul
Vinnies was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam over 170 years ago. It was established by youth in the spirit of youth and this compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today in New Zealand.
Vinnies Youth is the name for the inspiring young people who volunteer for the St Vincent de Paul Society New Zealand. There are thousands of young people who every day share their time, care for humanity and energy to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people all around New Zealand.
Vinnies Youth is a broad term encompassing all ages and groups of volunteers including Young Adults, College Conferences (High School and Colleges) and Young Vinnies (Primary Schools).
There are many exciting programs and activities happening in every state and territory, so why not see what you can do to enrich the lives of others and sign up to volunteer (click here)! You will find the experience of helping people rewarding, fun, invigorating and the best decision you will ever make!
Nelson Area Council
Official prayer of the Vincentian family
Lord Jesus, you who willed to become poor,
give us eyes and a heart directed toward the poor;
help us to recognize you in them
in their thirst, their hunger, their loneliness, and their misfortune.
Enkindle within our Vincentian Family
unity, simplicity, humility,
and the fire of love
that burned in St. Vincent de Paul.
Strengthen us, so that, faithful to the practice of these virtues,
we may contemplate you and serve you in the person of the poor,
and may one day be united with you and them in your Kingdom.