The organization of Saint Vincent de Paul or Vincentian Family is the common name given to the Society of S. Vicente de Paul, an institution founded in France by the young academic Frederico Ozanam and his group of friends, in April 1833. Their aim was to work on the personal sanctification of its members, practicing Christian charity and promoting justice and social reconciliation. The first organization in Madeira was the Organization of S. Pedro, founded in Funchal in January 1875. A new organization appeared only three decades later, in 1908, the Organization of Santa Maria Maior. It was only after the establishment of the Republic that they began to multiply throughout Madeira, with 104 organizations existing in 1958.
Keywords: charity; Ozanam; Vincentians; poverty; Madeira.