“Our founder, Frederic Ozanam, told us: “You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis: you must study their condition and the injustices which brought about such poverty, with the aim of a long-term improvement.” In June this year the Society, as a national body, joined with a new collective of faith based organisations, called Christian Community Services Against Poverty, to take up this challenge. “This group launched a campaign on June 22, called No More Poverty, taking the fight against poverty to Federal Parliament.
The Christian Community Services Against Poverty group is calling on Australians to be conscious of and to make political candidates aware of the issues surrounding poverty in our communities.

The mission statement of the St Vincent de Paul Society is the driving force behind the good works carried out by members, volunteers and staff of the organisation throughout Australia.

This statement speaks to us of spiritual renewal and walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who assisted and comforted those most needy. Our mission statement, as was Christ’s mission, revolves around social justice, “We seek to co-operate in shaping a more just and compassionate Australian community,” is a clear statement which suggests that a crucial part of the Society’s role is to speak out in support of the rights of those who we assist every day.

Thanks to Tim Williams, CM for drawing attention to this article.