Workshops Retreats and Events

Cincinnati District Council

Conference Workshops, Retreats and Events 2019

From the time of the Society’s inception, our founders relied upon others for direction and formation in the spirit of St. Vincent.  In that same spirit, the Cincinnati District Council offers formation and training for our Conference Members and Officers to deepen our knowledge of the Society and our spirituality; to improve the sensitivity, quality and efficacy of our service to those in need; and to increase our awareness of available resources.

Ozanam Orientation (REQUIRED): This covers the essential elements of what it means to be part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  As Vincentians, we are all required to attend this Orientation at least once.  The Orientation is valuable whether you are a new member looking for an introduction to SVDP or a seasoned Vincentian desiring to deepen your experience of the Society.

Annual Vincentian Mass & Retreat: We each have different roles in the Society and yet we are called to journey together toward holiness.  Each year we gather during the Lenten season to respond to the Society’s call to faith, friendship and service.  This is always a very special morning of reflection and prayer.

Vincentian Discernment:  Discernment is a prayer-filled process through which each of us can discover God's will for our lives. This workshop taps into Vincentian tradition to explore ways we can become more in touch with God’s will for us every day.

Workshops to Form More Compassionate & Effective Vincentians

First Friday Formation: Join your fellow Vincentians the first Friday of each month as we share our ideas about topics related to Vincentian Life and Spirituality.  Each month we will explore a different topic sure to be of interest to all Vincentians.

Exploring Poverty:  This workshop explores the perspectives of our neighbors in poverty so that we can be even more compassionate as we serve them.  It provides an insightful lens for looking at some of the differences between economic classes that we often find perplexing.  This is ideal for Vincentians who want to deepen their sense of solidarity with those we serve.

NEW! Seeing the Face of Christ via Phone: Conference Call-taking Workshop: Being a call-taker may be the most challenging job that a Vincentian can have.  It can be difficult to make decisions about our neighbors’ needs via phone.  In this workshop, we will discuss best practices in call-taking, record-keeping, and dealing with crisis situations.  Extensive Q&A time is included.

Home Visit Workshop: The home visit has been the foundation of our work since the Society was founded.  Despite years of practice, there are still ways we can make our visits more rewarding for our neighbors and for us.  Whether you are making your first home visit or you have made many, this is your chance to hone your skills, share insights and ask lingering questions.

Praying During Home Visits:  Bringing spiritual support to our neighbors-in-need is an important part of Vincentian life.  This workshop examines how we pray with those we serve and provides some suggested tools for deepening that prayer, including a simple process for extemporaneous prayer.

Walking With Our Neighbors: Developing Ongoing Relationships:  This workshop studies Vincentian experiences in developing ongoing relationships with neighbors-in-need and uses those experiences to explore alternative approaches to select partner neighbors, determine the kinds of ongoing collaboration to be created, and assess progress.

Workshops Series for the Development of Conference Leaders

NEW! Growing in Holiness Together: Conference Spirituality Workshop:  The primary purpose of the Society is the spiritual growth of its members.  This workshop is an opportunity for Conference Presidents and Spiritual Advisors (only) to assess their Conference’s progress against this goal and to discover new ways to guide their members along the path to deeper holiness.

Conference Presidents Meeting:  This Annual Meeting is for Conference Presidents only and is the perfect opportunity to meet and share ideas with other Conference Presidents, to get updates on what is going on across our District Council, and to find answers to questions related to the President’s role and the Society.

NEW! Conference Recruiting & Retention Workshop:  This workshop is for all Conference Officers.  In it we share our newest learning about what makes Conferences effective and how we can apply these learnings to help keep our Conferences growing.  Learn from seasoned SVDP leaders and develop your own list of actions to implement with your Conference members and parish.

Conference Officer Training:  Each year we bring together all of our Conference Officers to explore topics designed to enhance their skills as leaders of the Society.  Our goal is always to help our Officers create Conferences that are more life-giving for current members, more attractive to new members, and more effective in service to our neighbors-in-need.

Special Conference Events                                             

Summer Meeting, Fall Fellowship Mass & Reception, and Christmas Meeting: The Cincinnati District Conferences gather together several times each year to share information, to give thanks for our many blessings, to celebrate our faith and friendship, and to recognize those Vincentians who inspire us in our shared vocation.

To register or ask questions about any of these workshops, retreats or events, please contact: Don Gloeckler, Conference Formation Coordinator, 513-345-1767, or click here.