The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Catholic organisation of lay people founded in Paris in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and his university companions during a time of social upheaval and inequality. It was placed under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, inspired by his thinking and works. The Society seeks to help those in need through a spirit of justice and charity and does this through the personal involvement of its members.
The Toowong Conference (or group) came into being in 1916. Members meet fortnightly for prayer and support, and to share their work of service to the needy – a service comprising home visitation characterised by respect, compassion, and integrity.