This Vincentian territory, which is very far from our historic birthplace, is a good illustration of the SSVP’s international dimension: Auckland (New Zealand) is 14,000 km from Paris! The SSVP is active in Australia and New Zealand, which are among the oldest branches in this region. They were founded by European missionaries and young lay people who – inspired by the work of Frédéric Ozanam and his companions – carried Saint Vincent de Paul’s message to the furthermost bounds of the Australian continent.
The New Zealand and Australian branches are the SSVP’s driving forces in this region. The Society is also present on many of its small islands: Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, the Federated States of Micronesia, etc. Despite their flourishing tourism, these areas are no less affected by endemic poverty. This is aggravated by climate hazards since island populations are very frequently left destitute by regular cyclones. Nevertheless, regional solidarity plays its role to the full in these regions: the SSVP’s two main branches (Australia and New Zealand) support more disadvantaged areas via local action, inter-conference twinning, and collections after natural disasters.
Contact: BRASSIL Francis Michael