Training and Formation

Click here for the 2019 Schedule of Training & Formation Workshops and Retreats

Click here for details about each 2019 Conference Workshop, Retreat, and Event

Check this page frequently during 2019 to find details of upcoming Training & Formation Workshops and Events.

For more information about any of our Training & Formation Workshops or Events, please contact: 
Don Gloeckler, Formation Coordinator
(513) 345-1767

First Friday Formation

12:00 Noon – 2:30PM
Liz Carter Outreach Center
1125 Bank St.
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Bring a lunch and join your fellow Vincentians the first Friday of each month, as together we share our thoughts and ideas about topics related to Vincentian Life and Spirituality. 

Come every month or come when you can.  Each month we will explore a different topic of interest:


August 2: See Poverty—Be the Difference—Donna Beegle

This is a special 2 1/2 hour presentation: 12:00 Noon - 2:30PM

Donna Beegle was raised in generational poverty and, through a mentoring relationship, was able to break free and earn her PhD. She has created a series of videos for St. Vincent de Paul in order to help us understand the experience of poverty.  In this session, we’ll watch a selected group of her videos and share how they relate to our own experiences with the neighbors we serve. 

Please let us know in advance when you will be attending.  Click here to register via email or phone Sunnie Lain at 513-345-4966.

Serving Our Neighbors Where They Live:
Anticipating Home Visits That Are More Rewarding and Enjoyable For Our Neighbors and For Us

Thursday, June 20, 2019
6:00 – 9:00PM
St. Teresa of Avila, Western Hills
1175 Overlook Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45238

The home visit is the central work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and has been since the Society’s founding in 1833.  Most of our other works spring from the home visit.  With that in mind, we know that many of you are eager to make your home visits more effective and enjoyable.

This workshop draws on years of Vincentian experience to uncover best practices that every Vincentian should want to explore, whether you are making your first home visits or whether you have already made hundreds.                                     

Do you know what you should get done before making the home visit and not during it?

Do you know what you should say and what you probably shouldn’t say during a home visit?

Do you know the difference between empathy and sympathy?

Do you know how to make your home visits more rewarding and enjoyable for your neighbors and for you?

You’ll find out June 20! 

Please pre-register by June 14th. Click here to register via email or phone Steve Crowe at 513-345-4983.  Please provide your name and the name of your Conference.

Conference Recruiting and Retention:
A Workshop for All Conference Officers

Saturday, July 20
9:00-11:00 AM
Liz Carter Outreach Center
1125 Bank Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Join us for this workshop to learn more about:

  • Why, how and who we need to recruit
  • How new members become Vincentians
  • How seasoned Vincentians stay engaged

Virtually every Conference would like to have more members.  It is important to be intentional about how we recruit, why we recruit, and who we recruit in order to keep our Conferences strong and vibrant.  Having processes in place to welcome and orient new members is also critical.  Importantly, we need to create a Conference culture that keeps the members we have engaged and passionate about their Vincentian vocation.

This workshop is for all Conference Officers.  We will share our newest learning about what makes Conferences effective and how we can apply these learnings to help keep our Conferences strong and growing.  We also look forward to hearing what your Conference has done to recruit and retain faithful Vincentians.

Learn from seasoned SVDP leaders and each other as you develop your own list of actions to implement with your Conference members and parish.

This training is part of our 2019 Officer's Training Series.

Register by July 16: Click here to register via email or phone Sunnie Lain at 513-345-4966.  Please provide your name and conference.

Vincentian Discernment
“Thy Will be Done, But How Do I Know What It Is?”

Saturday, August 10, 2019
9:00 – 11:30AM
St. Joseph, West End
745 Ezzard Charles Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45203

We often have important and difficult decisions to make in our lives.  As Vincentians, we have difficult decisions to make in meeting our neighbors’ needs.   When we face decisions that affect the direction of our lives and the lives of others, where do we find the help we need to let us know we are on the right track? 

Discernment is a prayer-filled process through which each of us can explore the difference between what is our will for our lives and what is God's will.  In this workshop we will explore simple practices that can help us become more in touch with God’s will for us every day and help us make decisions along life's journey.

The process we will study is one that St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac lived day-to-day as they strived to imitate Christ and do the will of God.  Together we will learn and practice the process so that we can begin to use it to help us make decisions along life's journey.

Here are some comments from past Vincentian Discernment participants:

• “The discernment workshop was excellent. It has helped me work through a problem that I was debating for several months.”

• “Thank you so much for these great gold mines of help.  We must spread the word about these.”

• “This brought me closer to God and made me more cognizant of His presences in all of my decisions.  Although my problems may not yet be solved, I feel more at peace with the process, more patient, and less anxious.”

• “I enjoyed it very much & learned a lot – I feel spiritually uplifted.”

• “I am glad that I made the decision to be here today.”

Register in advance by August 2nd:  Click here to register via email or phone: Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767.  Please provide your name, phone number and conference.