The visible unifying link within the Society is the Aggregation of the Conferences and the Institution of the Councils declared by the International Council General (ICG). The International Council General preserves among all conferences/councils that unity of values, affections and practices cherished by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul.
After the formation of a first executive and following a satisfactory trial period of one year, a new conference, working through the intermediate councils, can submit an Application for Aggregation. The President of the National Council must review all such applications, and once they have been approved, forwards them to the International Council General.
For more information, please refer to the Rule and Statutes sections:
2.2.3 for more information on the aggregation of a conference;
2.3.4 for more information on the Institution of a Particular Council;
2.4.4 for more information on the Institution of a Central Council.