Training and Formation

Click here for the 2017 Schedule of Training & Formation Workshops and Retreats

Details about 2017 Conference Workshops, Retreats and Events

Check this page frequently during 2017 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) 562-8841, ext. 767

Praying During Home Visits Workshop

Tuesday, April 4, 2016
7:00 – 9:00pm
St. John Neumann
12191 Mill Road
Cincinnati, OH 45240

Bringing spiritual support to our neighbors-in-need is an important part of Vincentian life.  The Praying During Home Visits Workshop examines how we pray with those we serve and provides tools for deepening that prayer, including a simple process for extemporaneous prayer.  This workshop is ideal for the new Vincentian making home visits for the first time, for any Vincentians who feel the need to grow in their ability to share their faith with their neighbors in need, and for those wanting to become more comfortable leading prayer before, during or after home visits. 

One recent Praying Workshop participant commented, “Great class.  Very useful information that will help enormously with home visits!  THANK YOU!!” 

If you are currently uncomfortable leading prayer, this workshop is for you.

It is often said that “we can’t give what we don’t have.”  It is hard to provide prayerful spiritual support for our neighbors if we, ourselves, are uncomfortable or inexperienced in doing so.  Where better to start to build our ability than among our fellow Vincentians who may share our discomfort and inexperience?  During this workshop we will practice creating “spontaneous” prayers and provide sample prayers to take home.

Register in advance by March 27.  Click here to register via email or phone: Don Gloeckler at 513-562-8841, ext. 767.  Please provide your name, phone number and conference.

Encouraging Change: A Motivational Approach to Helping

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
St. Susanna
616 Reading Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

Arrive at 8:45 for light refreshments!

The act of helping our neighbors in need takes many forms, and each encounter can look and feel very different to each neighbor.  How do we approach our neighbors, and how is this approach informed by our faith, our Vincentian heritage, and practices generally recognized to produce the best results?

Exploring the intersection of faith, friendship and service, this workshop blends Vincentian character and tradition with proven skills and methods to help our neighbors envision a better future and become motivated to achieve it. 

Vincentians of all levels of experience will explore ways to build upon their unique skills and talents to foster hope among our neighbors in need, no matter how brief the interaction.

Register by April 28: Click here to register via email, or call Mike Voegele at (513) 562-8841 x236. Please provide your name, phone number and conference.

Ozanam Orientation

Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Lunch will be provided.

St. Maximilian Kolbe
5720 Hamilton Mason Road
Liberty Township, OH  45011

What do we mean when we refer to “Vincentian spirituality?”  Why are home visits so important to our ministry?  How does our history inspire us?  What can I learn from my fellow Vincentians about their conference experiences?  Learn answers to these and many more questions at the Ozanam Orientation.

This is the New & Improved Orientation!  Updated for 2017!

The Ozanam Orientation covers the essential elements of what it means to be part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  All Vincentians are encouraged to attend an Ozanam Orientation at least once, whether you are…

A new or prospective member looking for an introduction to SVdP,
A current member wanting to understand Vincentian life and service more thoroughly, or
A seasoned Vincentian wanting to deepen your experience of the Society.

If you have never attended this orientation, or if it has been a long time since you attended, please consider joining us May 20th.

Register in advance by May 12th:  Click here to register via email, or phone Don Gloeckler at 513-562-8841, ext. 767.  Please provide your name, phone number and Conference.