The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

The ethos of the VPSJ, which is a faith based NGO, is rooted in:

  • The call of the Gospels “that all may have life and have it to the full” (John 10.10)
  • Belief in the dignity and potential of every human being
  • Commitment to working with people experiencing social and economic exclusion in order to bring about the change necessary for a more just and inclusive Ireland


To achieve its goal of working for social and economic change the VPSJ uses four main approaches:

Active Citizenship/Voter Education

The facilitation of the Active Citizenship/Voter Education Programme which encourages people who have lost confidence in the democratic electoral system to recognise their vote as a voice for social and economic change. Read more »

Development of Minimum Essential Budget Standards

Engagement in research on the expenditure and income needed for a minimum essential standard of living of all; which produces facts and figures on the standard of living which members of the public have agreed is the minimum below which no one should be expected to live. Read more »


Networking with individuals and groups which share the values and goals of the VPSJ. Read more »


By providing data which reflects current social and economic reality and which is used by different organisations – Government, Statutory Agencies and NGOs in their work. Read more »

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Catholic Social Teaching Without Jesus is Boring

The problem with Catholic social teaching isn’t that it isn’t widely known. The problem is that the people entrusted with teaching it have reduced it to mere platitudes and principles. In short, it’s boring.

Our most important job as Catholics is to spread the good news of God’s redeeming love in Jesus. Jesus Christ is the pioneer and the protector of the faith. Too often we forget that. Catholic social teaching without Jesus and his radical mission at the center is superficial. Too often, those entrusted with passing down the faith have instead reduced it to what Pope Francis calls “a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.” This version isn’t a meaningful faith that provides life-long meaning for its people and that stands the test of time. It’s a faith without a future.

Transforming Catholic Social Teaching from Mere Platitudes into “A Revolution of Tenderness” by Christopher Hale - Education for Justice

Latest News

  • The VPSJ has started the focus group work for a new project A Minimum Essential Standard of Living for a single adult with a visual impairment.
  • The VPSJ attended the Social Inclusion Forum.


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MEBS Research

When The Living Wage is Not Enough

Issued: December 2016

When The Living Wage is Not Enough The paper examines the Living Wage in the context of the additional and different needs of households with children. Focusing in particular on the set of six ‘Family Living Income’ household …

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Important Dates

February 2017

  • 1st   Feast of St. Brigid 
  • 20th World Day of Social Justice