The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, founded in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, is an association of Christian lay persons. The Society spread rapidly through France to Europe, and then to the entire world. In Hong Kong, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Central Council of Hong Kong (the Society) was founded by Rev. Gaetano Favini on 12 July 1863.
Its chief work is to visit the poor, irrespective of race and creed, in their homes to endeavour to help their social and religious lives, the education of poor children and medical treatment for the sick, and to encourage them to exert themselves to be again on their feet. By tender interest and manner, the visiting members may well give them the new hope and comfort which are so badly needed by many in time of adversity.