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 – 1:30PM
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:

March 1: “Laying Down Your Life for a Friend: A Spirituality of Kenosis” Video Retreat

Donald Hying is the Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana, and serves as the National Episcopal Advisor for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  His keynote address at the 2018 Annual Assembly was inspiring.  Join us as we watch it and discuss it together. 

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

Exploring Poverty Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 AM to Noon
St. Matthias, Forest Park
1050 W. Kemper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45240

The Exploring Poverty Workshop is designed to help us explore the perspectives of our neighbors in poverty so that we can be even more compassionate as we serve them.  Inspired by the books “Bridges out of Poverty,” “See Poverty…Be the Difference,” “Think and Act Anew,” and “Bridges to Sustainable Communities,” and incorporating powerful learning from emerging sources, the Understanding Poverty Workshop provides an insightful lens for looking at some of the differences between economic classes that we often find perplexing.

Here are some comments from past Poverty Workshop participants:

“I’m very glad I made the decision to take some time out of my day to some and participate in this training.  It was really wonderful!”
“Thank you for helping me recognize more about my neighbors as well as myself.”
“It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.”

The Exploring Poverty Workshop is ideal for Vincentians who want to deepen their sense of solidarity with the poor.  The workshop applies a case-study approach to reveal types of poverty, explore mental models across classes, and more deeply penetrate the “hidden rules” that underpin our world views.  Participants will gain a better understanding of barriers that make it difficult for individuals to become more self-sufficient and how relationships are critical for enabling the learning that makes that transition possible.

Register in advance by February 15:  Click here to register via email or phone: Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767. Please provide your name, phone number and conference.

Praying During Home Visits Workshop

Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:00 – 11:00AM
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
4366 Bridgetown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45211

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 simple approaches for deepening that prayer, including a handy process for extemporaneous prayer. 

This workshop is ideal for new Vincentians making their first home visits, for those wanting to become more comfortable leading prayer during home visits (or with neighbors in your Conference pantry), and for any Vincentians who feel the need to grow in their ability to share their faith with their neighbors in need.

One recent Praying Workshop participant commented, “I have never heard spontaneous prayer presented so clearly & concisely.”

Another recent participant said, “Great class. Very useful information that will help enormously with home visits!  THANK 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 we will provide you with sample prayers to take home.                                                                             

Register in advance by March 1.  Click here to register via email or phone Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767.  Please provide your name, phone number and Conference.