Training and Formation

Click here for the 2020 Schedule of Training & Formation Workshops and Retreats

Click here for details about each 2020 Conference Workshop, Retreat, and Event

Check this page frequently during 2020 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:

February 7: An Introduction to Bridges out of Poverty

Much of SVDP’s work with those we serve is based on the concepts found in the book "Bridges out of Poverty" by Ruby Payne and Phil DeVol.  In this session we will explore some of the core concepts of this book.  We will then discuss how we can bring these concepts to life in our Conferences and our parishes. 

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.

Vincentian Discernment

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:00 – 8:30PM
St. Cecilia
3105 Madison Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

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.”

• “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 January 15:  Click here to register via email or phone: Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767. Please provide your name, phone number and conference.

Seeing the Face of Christ via the Phone:
Conference Call-taking Workshop

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Neyer Outreach Center
1146 Bank Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

Being a call-taker may be the most challenging role that a Vincentian can play.  We are called to see the face of Christ in those we serve, but it can be difficult to make compassionate decisions about our neighbors’ needs when we talk with them on the phone.

In this new Cincinnati District workshop, we will discuss best practices in call-taking, record-keeping, and dealing with crisis situations. 

We will have plenty of time for you to ask questions and seek answers to your most difficult call-taking experiences.

Register in advance by February 11:  Click here to register via email or phone Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767. Please provide your name, phone number and conference.