Vincentians seek to emulate St. Vincent in the five virtues essential for promoting love and respect for the poor:
Simplicity – frankness, integrity, genuineness.
Humility – accepting the truth about our frailties, gifts talents and charism, yet knowing that all that God gives us is for others and that we can achieve nothing of eternal value without His grace.
Gentleness – friendly assurance and invincible goodwill, which mean kindness, sweetness and patience in our relationship with others.
Selflessness – dying to our ego with a life of self-sacrifice; members share their time, their possessions, their talents and themselves in a spirit of generosity.
Zeal – a passion for the full flourishing and eternal happiness of every person.