Our History

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an international Roman Catholic organization of lay persons whose objective is "service to the poor".


The first Nova Scotian council of the society was established at Halifax in 1853 as the St. Mary's Conference. In 1867 the St. Mary's Conference was joined by St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Conferences in the north end, and the three combined to form the Halifax Particular Council. The St. Vincent de Paul Society in Nova Scotia was incorporated in 1868.


The society's early activities focused on raising funds for the destitute through such activities as steamboat excursions to McNabs Island.


The society was funded primarily through donations from parish members, with some assistance for programs provided by the provincial government.


Today the Halifax Particular Council encompasses eighteen conferences throughout the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth. Its activities still involve aiding the homeless and poorer members of society, such as operating Special Works Hope Cottage and a thrift store Hand-in-Hand, as well as providing a home visitation service.

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St Vincent de Paul serving the poor

Stained glass depiction of St. Vincent de Paul, serving the poor.