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

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
Mass (Optional) 8:30am
Orientation 9:30 AM to 3:30 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.

Vincentian Discernment

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
7:00 – 9:00PM
St. Michael, Sharonville
11144 Spinner Avenue
Sharonville, OH 45241

We often have important and difficult decisions to make in our lives.  As Vincentians, we also 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.  Together 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.  In this workshop 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.”

• “Enjoyed it very much & learned a lot - Feel spiritually uplifted.”

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

Register in advance by June 19th:  Click here to register via email or phone: Don Gloeckler at 513-562-8841, ext. 767. Please provide your name, phone number and conference.