Mission & Leadership

Inspired by Gospel values, SVDP Rhode Island, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. SVDP Rhode Island collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. While not a formal arm of the Church, SVDP Rhode Island is faithful to magisterial teaching and in full communion with our bishop, Thomas Tobin.

Our administrative offices are located at 31 Poplar Drive, Cranston, RI, in the former convent at St Mark’s Church. You may reach us at 401-490-0822, or by emailing our executive director, Ms. Renee Brissette, at rbrissette – at – svdpri.org.


Renee Brissette, Executive Director
Judy Kerkhoff, Bookkeeping

Diocesan Council of SVDP Rhode Island

Mark Gordon, President
Paul Fisette, Vice-President for Systemic Change
Michael Vieira, Vice-President for Governance
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, General Appointee