Training and Formation

Click here for the 2018 Schedule of Training & Formation Workshops and Retreats

Click here for details about each 2018 Conference Workshop, Retreat, and Event

Check this page frequently during 2018 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:

November 2: “The Spirituality of the Home Visit”
Incorporating prayer into Home Visits can sometimes be difficult.  Learn how to make prayer an impactful part of our visits.  We will also use a new tool that will help us reflect on the spiritual growth that we can experience from the time we share with our neighbors in need.

December 7:  “Advent and Christmas Wisdom of St. Vincent de Paul”
In a retreat setting, using scripture and the talks of St. Vincent de Paul, himself, we will take time to reflect on how we can grow in our Vincentian virtues during Advent. 

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.

“Keeping Our Conferences Vibrant”
A Workshop for All SVDP Members


Ozanam Orientation

Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00am to 3:00pm
Lunch will be provided
The Church of the Annunciation
3547 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

What do we mean when we refer to “Vincentian spirituality?”  Why are home visits so important to our ministry?  What does the future hold for St. Vincent de Paul?

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 expected 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 the Orientation, or if it has been a long time since you last attended, join us November 3rd.

Register by October 26th: Click here to register via email or phone Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767.  Please provide your name and conference.

Cincinnati Poverty Simulation

Saturday, November 10
9:00 - 11:30am
St. James of the Valley, Wyoming
411 Springfield Pike
Wyoming, OH 45215

The admonition to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes tells us that, before judging someone, we must understand that person’s experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc.  It is a reminder for us to practice empathy.  And it is a particularly important reminder for Vincentians as we meet with our neighbors in need.

The Cincinnati Poverty Simulation challenges participants to walk in the shoes of our neighbors in need for an hour – to explore poverty experientially.  Our objective is to help people better understand the realities of living in poverty, to grow in solidarity, and to take action on behalf of our neighbors in need.

This is an exclusive opportunity for Vincentians to experience what it might feel like to be a part of a family in poverty, trying to survive month-to-month.  Vincentians who recently participated in the Simulation said, “This experience will help me to have more compassion on home visits.” and “This should be a required activity.”

Register in advance by November 2nd. Click here to register via email or phone Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767.  Be sure to leave your name and your Conference name.