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Workshops, Retreats and Events

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.

Descriptions of Conference workshops, retreats & events are listed below. Please click the button below to find specific dates and times offered for each event in 2021.

Workshops & Retreats for the Formation of All Vincentians

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.

Vincentian Retreat: We each have different roles in the Society and yet we are called to journey together toward holiness. This year’s Vincentian Retreat will be a “user friendly” one-hour experience designed for use by each individual Conference on a date of their choosing, between August and November 2021.

First Friday/Second Wednesday Formation: Join your fellow Vincentians the first Friday or second Wednesday of each month (Aug. – Nov.) 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.

Workshops to Form More Compassionate & Effective Vincentians

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.

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.

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.

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 Series for the Development of Conference Leaders

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! Conferences Parish Communications & Development Workshop: This workshop is especially intended for Conference leaders, though any Vincentian might find it useful. Members of the External Relations staff will be teaming up with the Conferences Support Team to help you develop creative ways to effectively use the communication tools within your parish in order to raise awareness about the work of your Conference, invite other parishioners to get involved, and encourage ongoing support of the Society.

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: Kelly Albainy-Crosby, Conferences Formation Coordinator, 513-345-1767, email: Kalbainy-crosby@SVDPcincinnati.org