History

In 2000, Fr. Robert Maloney, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, called for the Vincentian Family to establish opportunities to share the charism of the Vincentian family with youth and young adults. In direct response to this, the ST. VINCENT DE PAUL YOUNG ADULT CENTER was born. Founded in 2000 under the leadership of Brother Joseph Tauraso, C.M. and through the Eastern USA Vincentian Province, the St. Vincent de Paul Center would give young adults across the nation the opportunity to serve those who are materially poor, in the spirit of St. Vincent DePaul. The first program began in 2003 and has since served over 3,000 students and adults from numerous universities, high schools and parish ministry programs across the nation. These groups have served thousands in partnership with a number of diverse service sites located primarily in the Germantown Neighborhood of Philadelphia. In 2014 the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise took on the leadership of the center. To this day the Center is still run and heavily subsidized by this province. Throughout the years, the center has gone through a number of different changes in leadership, programming, and service sites. However, through many changes, the mission of the center remains the same: to spread the Vincentian charism and to inspire young people to recognize their call to encounter Christ in those who are poor.