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. 

Working with our Friends in Need & Their Landlords

Property Ownership Verification

Vision Government Solutions
Charlestown, Cranston, Cumberland, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Johnston, Little Compton, Lincoln, Middletown, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Richmond, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Warwick, Westerly, Woonsocket

NeReval – Catalis
Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Coventry, East Greenwich, East Providence, jamestown, Narragansett, Newport, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Scituate, Tiverton, Warren, West Greenwich, West Warwick

Non-SVDP Agencies and organizations

This is a list of other organizations and agencies that can provide assistance during your time of need. SVDP Rhode Island offers this list without endorsement and is not responsible for the level of service provided by these organizations.

Safe Environment & S2Verify

As of April 1, 2018, all Vincentians in 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.

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 nonprogits, 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.



The Manual & The Rule

These are the two foremost important documents of the Society. Every member is expected to have read both documents (The Rule Parts I and III, and the Manual) — not memorized, but familiar with the contents of both and able to search them for needed answers. Part II of the The Rule relates specifically to the operations of the Council General International.


Resources & Manuals for Conference Leadership

Good servant leadership is essential in helping Conferences and Councils effectively and creatively serve neighbors in need. The documents below are those minimally required for leaders, including Conference Presidents and Officers, Council Presidents and Officers, Members of Boards of Directors, Spiritual Advisors, and Leaders of Special Works.


Spirituality & Formation

Systemic Change & Voice For the Poor