Systemic Change, Vincentian Style: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP)

The international president general of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Renato Lima de Oliveira,  gives this next talk in the 2019-20 lecture series, "Poverty: Vincentian Responses around the World," hosted by the Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology in collaboration with the inaugural Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, Chair of Vincentian Studies, Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée.

Begun in 1833 by a handful of students in Paris to serve the poor, today the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) exists on 5 continents, in 153 countries, with 800,000 members and over 1 million volunteers. Based on love of neighbor and face-to-face relationships, this association of lay Catholics ultimately works for systemic change; its projects range from microcredit programs for street vendors in the Dominican Republic to a new well and solar-powered water pumping station in drought-ravaged Angola. 

About the Speaker
Renato Lima de Oliveira has served since 2016 as the international president general of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP), the first Brazilian to hold this position. A husband and father, he also works a “day job” at Anatel (Brazil’s equivalent of the U.S. FCC) in institutional relations. He holds three postgraduate degrees (marketing, regulation, and parliamentary advising) and an MA in political science from the University of Brasilia. He has been active as a lay Vincentian for 33 years. 

About the 2019-20 Lecture Series,
"Poverty: Vincentian Responses around the World"

St. Vincent de Paul said, “Go to the poor: you will find God.” This charism is lived out across the globe in the work done by the hundreds of groups—both lay and religious—that comprise the International Vincentian Family. This lecture series brings to DePaul different members of the global Vincentian Family to share the ways they are serving and encountering the poor, and God, in their part of the world.

Please contact CWCIT at or 773.325.4158.

Parking at DePaul
Street parking (both free & metered) is sometimes available on campus, but there are also 2 parking garages available for visitors**:

~ Sheffield Parking Garage (2331 N. Sheffield Ave.)
~ Clifton Parking Deck (2330 N. Clifton Ave.)

**For a discounted rate, please ask for validation at the event's information table. Discounted rates are as follows:

Entrance before 4:00pm = $10.00
Entrance after 4:00pm = $8.00

Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), Rm. 314 AB
2250 N Sheffield Ave

Event Type

Religious, Spiritual, International/Cultural Activities, Speaker/Presenters


Centers and Institutes, Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT)


Free of charge but RSVP encouraged; all are welcome


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