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Training and Formation

Check this page frequently during 2020

to find details of upcoming Training and Formation Workshops and Events

For more information about any of our Training and Formation Workshops or Events, please contact:

Tom Roberts

First Friday Formation

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center
1146 Bank St., Cincinnati 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.

“Sharing Your Story” with BeSpoken

Friday, March 6:

As we strive to invite others to become involved with St. Vincent de Paul and to advocate for those we serve, sharing stories is a critical tool.  This month, special guest Joey Taylor from BeSpoken joins us to give us tools that help us better tell the stories of how we have grown and changed through our work with St. Vincent de Paul as well as the stories of the neighbors who we serve.

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.

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

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Conference Spirituality Workshop for Presidents and Spiritual Advisors: “Helping Our Members Become More Truly ‘Vincentian’

Saturday, February 29, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
St. Saviour, Rossmoyne
4136 Myrtle Ave., Cincinnati, 45236

As leaders in our Conferences, we know that the primary purpose of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the spiritual growth of its members.  What we sometimes forget, however, is that we are specifically called to grow in our “Vincentian” spirituality. But what does that mean? This year our Conference Spirituality Workshop is an opportunity for the two of you, as your Conference’s President and Spiritual Advisor, to participate as a “team” to examine that question together and create plans that address your Conference’s unique Vincentian spirituality needs.

In this workshop we explore:

What is Vincentian spirituality?

  • How do you bring that alive in your Conference?
  • How can you make your Conference reflections more life-giving?
  • What are some new and existing spiritual resources that are available for your Conference?

We ask each Conference President and Spiritual Advisor to make it a priority to participate together in this special spirituality workshop, so please plan to attend.

Register in advance by February 21.  Click here to register via email, or phone Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767.  Please provide your name, phone number and Conference.

Exploring Poverty 101

Saturday March 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Good Shepherd Church
8815 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati 45249

Inspired by the books “Bridges Out of Poverty,” “See Poverty…Be the Difference!” “Think and Act Anew” and “Bridges to Sustainable Communities,” and incorporating powerful learning from emerging sources, Exploring Poverty 101 provides an insightful lens for looking at some of the differences between economic classes that we often find perplexing. It is designed to help us explore the perspectives of our neighbors in poverty so that we can become even more compassionate as we serve them.

Exploring Poverty 101 is ideal for Vincentians who want to deepen their sense of solidarity with those we serve.  The workshop applies a case-study approach to explore types of poverty, mental models across classes, and the “hidden rules” that underpin our world views.  You will gain a better understanding of barriers that make it difficult for individuals to become more self-sufficient and how relationships are critical for enabling the learning that makes that transition possible.

We encourage you to complete this “Exploring Poverty 101” before participating in our two-session “Exploring Poverty 201,” which includes the Cincinnati Poverty Simulation (April 1) and the Implicit Bias Workshop (April 8).

Register in advance by February 28.  Click here to register via email or phone Don Gloeckler at 513-345-1767.  Please provide your name and conference.