Workshops Retreats and Events

Cincinnati District Council

Conference Workshops, Retreats and Events 2017

From the time of the Society’s conception, Blessed Frederic Ozanam relied upon others, especially Sr. Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity, 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 their knowledge of the Society and their spirituality; improve the sensitivity, quality and efficacy of their service to the poor; and increase their awareness of available resources.

Workshops & Retreats for the Formation of All Vincentians

Ozanam Orientation:  This orientation covers the essential elements of what it means to be part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  As Vincentians, we are all encouraged to attend an Ozanam Orientation, whether we 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 desiring to deepen our experience of the Society.  This edition of the Ozanam Orientation is new for 2017.

Annual Vincentian Retreat:  We each have different roles in the Society and yet we are called to journey together toward holiness, which is central to our Vincentian vocation. This retreat is designed to help us renew our vocation, grow in holiness and refresh our zeal for helping our neighbors-in-need. All Vincentians, family, and friends are invited to join this 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 teach a four-step process of discernment, plus skills we need to become more in touch with God’s will for us every day.

Workshops to Form More Compassionate Vincentians

Understanding Poverty:  This workshop explores the perspectives of our neighbors in poverty so that we can be even more compassionate as we serve them.  You will come away with a better understanding of barriers that make it difficult to transition out of poverty.  This is ideal for Vincentians who want to deepen their sense of solidarity with those we serve.

Encouraging Change: A Motivational Approach to Helping:  The act of helping our neighbors takes many forms and each encounter can feel different to each neighbor.  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.

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.

Workshops for the Formation of Conference Leaders

Spiritual Advisor Formation:  All conference Spiritual Advisors are encouraged to attend this workshop, whether expert or beginner.  This is an opportunity to grow your effectiveness and confidence, deepen your understanding of your role, assess your strengths and growth opportunities, and acquaint yourself with available resources.

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 an update on what is going on in our District Council, and to get answers to questions related to your role and the Society. 

Conference Officer Training:  Each year we bring together our conference presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries and treasurers to explore topics designed to enhance our skills as leaders of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  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.

Keeping Our Conferences Vibrant:  This training explores the “Conference Life Cycle” to help newer conference officers develop plans to keep their conferences vibrant for years to come.  Officers learn from seasoned SVdP leaders to develop their own list of specific action steps to implement with their members and their parish.

Special Conference Events

Summer Meeting, Fall Fellowship Mass & Brunch, Christmas Meeting: The Cincinnati District Conferences gather together three times each year 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, 513-562-8841, ext. 767. or via email at