Member Toolbox

As Vincentians, we participate in a worldwide movement with its own unique history, spirituality, and organization. It is not enough to have a desire to serve those in need; to be effective, that desire must be formed and focused by the Rule and Statutes of the Society. We have a way of doing things that has been tested over our 180-year history. To be a Vincentian is to embrace that way, not rigidly or uncritically, but in a spirit of charity, friendship, and service.

For Vincentian leaders this is doubly true. By accepting positions of leadership, you have accepted responsibility for teaching and enforcing the Rule. You have also agreed to be accountable: to your donors and members; to the people you serve; to higher level Councils; and to the government, which has a natural role to play in ordering society towards the common good (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1897-1905). This means scheduling and conducting meetings according the Rule, preparing and submitting required reports, tracking finances and “case” records, and other responsibilities.

The following resources are made available to all Vincentians, whether in leadership or not. If you have suggestions for additional material, please alert us. We want this “toolbox” to be an invaluable resource for all our members.

NOTE! If something you need isn’t here, always check the National Council website, which has an incredible range of materials addressing every topic of concern to Vincentians and Vincentian leaders. Visit that page here.

Diocesan Council Board & Staff


Renee Brissette, Executive Director (401-490-0822)
Paul Pinnsonault, Bookkeeper (401-490-0822)
Brittany Palumbo, Office Assistant (401-490-0822)


Mark Gordon, President (401-954-2029)
Michael Vieira, Vice-President for Governance
Paul Fisette, Vice-President for Systemic Change
Ray Andolfo, Treasurer
Maria Rose, Secretary
Rita St. Pierre, Past President
Steven Brayer, East Bay District President
Thomas Barber, Northern RI District President
Bruce Olean, Southern RI District President
Dan Sylvester, West Bay District President
James Martufi, Past President/General Appointee

Safe Environment & S2Verify

As of April 1, 2018, all Vincentians in the Diocese of Providence must have completed a three-step process in order to conduct home visits or participate in special works that involve the public:

STEP ONE: Complete Safe Environment Training

STEP TWO: Read our Sexual Misconduct Policy and Code of Ethical Conduct

STEP THREE: Submit to a Background Check

The first two steps can be completed right here on this website. Step Three will take you to our background check vendor, S2Verify, which provides screening services to business and nonprofits, including the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. There is no cost to you. Simply click through the link below and follow the steps. You may have a copy of your report sent directly to you.



Local Conferences

These are the conferences that make up the Diocesan Council of Rhode Island. Those marked with  have food pantries. Those marked with ▲ provide holiday assistance. Those marked with  sponsor meal sites.

☆ Holy Ghost 472 Atwells Ave Providence 401-421-3551
St. Anthony 549 Plainfield Street Providence 401-943-2300
St. Bartholomew 297 Laurel Hill Avenue Providence 401-944-4466
▲ Holy Name of Jesus 99 Camp Street Providence 401-277-9053
☆ St. Mary 181 Princess Ave Cranston 401-946-5291
St. Matthew 15 Frances Street Cranston 401-461-7172
St. Paul One St. Paul Place Cranston 401-461-5734
St. Raymond 21240 North Main Street Providence 401-273-2393
St. Pius V 55 Elmhurst Ave. Providence 401-751-4871
St. Mark 9 Garden Court Cranston 401-942-1616
Northern Rhode Island
☆ St. Charles Borromeo 190 North Main Street Woonsocket 401-766-0176
☆St. Eugene 1251 Putnam Pike Chepachet 401-568-2700
Mary Mother of Mankind 25 Fourth Street North Providence 401-231-3542
Our Lady of Good Help 1063 Victory Highway Mapleville 401-762-1834
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs 1409 Park Avenue Woonsocket 401-762-5117
☆St. Philip 622 Putnam Avenue Greenville 401-949-2949
St. Joseph 1303 Mendon Road Cumberland 401-426-9806
☆St. John Paul II 697 Central Avenue Pawtucket 401-475-8838
St. John the Baptist 68 Slater Street Pawtucket (401) 722-9054
East Bay/Aquidneck Island
☆▲St. Barnabas 1697 East Main Road Portsmouth 401-683-1343
☆▲St. Brendan 60 Turner Avenue East Providence 401-301-6307
Jesus Saviour 1 Vernon Avenue Newport 401-847-1267
☆▲ ‡St. Joseph 5 Mann Avenue Newport 401-847-0065
St. Lucy 909 West Main Rd. Middletown 401-847-6143
St. Martha 2595 Pawtucket Avenue East Providence 401-434-4060
West Bay
☆‡ St. Anthony 10 Sunset Avenue West Warwick 401-821-8342
☆‡ SS John and James 20 Washington Street West Warwick 401-821-7661
St. Joseph 854 Providence Street West Warwick 401-821-4072
St. Kevin 333 Sandy Lane Warwick 401-921-0907
▲St. Peter 350 Fair Street Warwick 401-461-3157
St. Vincent de Paul 6 St. Vincent de Paul Street Coventry 401-821-8719
South County
Immaculate Conception 111 High Street Westerly 401-596-2130
▲St. Joseph PO Box 388 Hope Valley 401-539-8311
▲St. Mary / St. James 437 Caroline Back Road Carolina 401-364-9413