2018 National Assembly "One Society Serving in Hope " (San Diego, California)

San Diego, California
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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Keynote Presentations & Workshops that will offer simultaneous
Spanish Translation are noted (Sp.) 


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Full Conference

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

 


National Stores Meeting
 
Add to calendar8/29/2018 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Mission Beach A - C

Executive Directors Meeting
(ED's Only)
 
Add to calendar8/29/2018 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Solana A - B

Disaster Preparedness Workshop   (details)

Disaster Preparedness Workshop -- This workshop will help Vincentians learn about the phases of a Disaster from Preparedness to Recovery, explain what services the Society provides and how they can best serve disaster survivors by having a Disaster Preparedness Plan in place.

During this workshop you will discuss an overview of the Parish Recovery Assistance Center and Training; a Simulation of a Parish Recovery, Long Term Recovery, and a tabletop exercise on What to do when a Hurricane hits your Council.  -- Elizabeth Disco-Shearer; James Butler; Joseph Williams; Daniel Buchanan, Texas A&M; Ralph Hassel; Monique Brent; Brook Newton; Jack Tibbetts; William Rodriguez; Fr. Bruce Anderson; Terry Taylor

Add to calendarWednesday, August 29, 2018 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Hillcrest A - B

Wednesday - Lunch  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 29, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall D
  • Yes (Addl. fees apply): $50.00
  • No

Governance Committee Meeting
 
Add to calendarWednesday, August 29, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Golden Hill A - B

National Board of Directors Meeting
(All Board Members are required to attend. 
Others may attend as observers only.)

 
Add to calendar8/29/2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Golden Hill A - B

Welcome Reception - this a time to mix and mingle with your fellow Vincentians, while enjoying wonderful food stations, passed hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 29, 2018 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Yes
  • No

Dinner on Your Own  
Add to calendarWednesday, August 29, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Chapel Open  
Add to calendar8/29/2018 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C


Thursday, August  30, 2018

 


Breakfast on Your Own  
Add to calendar8/30/2018 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Morning Prayer & Rosary  
Add to calendar8/30/2018 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C

Thursday Mass
Presiding -   
Add to calendar8/30/2018 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C

National Committee Meetings
(All National Committee Members are required to attend.  These meetings are OPTIONAL for others to attend as observers only.)

 
Add to calendar8/30/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
  • National Disaster
  • Hispanic Task Force
  • National Stores
  • National Systemic Change Committee (including Voice of the Poor)
  • National Young Adults
  • National Youth
  • Vincentian Growth & Revitalization/Extension (Committee Members Only)
  • Communications (Committee Members Only)
  • African/American Task Force
  • Housing Task Force
  • Reentry Task Force

Advanced Professional Track: Major and Planned Gifts - James DeLauro, Ph.D.  (details)
Advanced Professional Track "Major and Planned Gifts - the importance of significant gifts in growing your fundraising program.  How to identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects" - James DeLauro, Ph.D.

James has been involved in fundraising for over 35 years.  James has authored and participated in the development of numerous professional papers and presentations.  He has been a member of the faculty of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Challenge:  Managing in the Age of For Profit Conversions.  He is also past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and of AHP's Health System Development Network.

Sponsored by:  Blackbaud




Add to calendarThursday, August 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Location: Promenade A - B

Advanced Professional Track:  Building a Development and Fundraising Culture - Jason Perkins & Holly End  (details)
Advanced Professional Track:  "Building a Development and Fundraising Culture"
Jason Perkins, Blackbaud
Holly End, Director of Development, SVdP Council of Cincinnati


Building a culture around development and fundraising is key for the 21st century nonprofit.  Presenters will shed some light on how to mobilize internal leaders and change agents to lead the charge to becoming more adept at fundraising and development.  Learn how technology, along with people and processes can transform the entire SVdP Organization into a more efficient and effective fundraising machine.

Sponsored by:  Blackbaud



Add to calendarThursday, August 30, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Promenade A - B

WORKSHOPS Session 1 (For those not a Member of a Committee)
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshops Session 1:

"Driving Your Car Program to Better Results" - John Berry & Nathan Martin
This workshop will provide practical ideas and tools for local Council and Conference Car Donation Program marketing, advertising, and partnership to help increase the number of donations and drive revenue.  Our NVDP national Partner, CARS, will provide guidance on the use of the marketing tools they provide. (2 Hour Program)

(Sp.) Our Call to Holiness - Following our Founders with our Feet on the Ground - Marge McGinley 

This workshop will speak to the Vincentian Vocation and the joy found in loving and serving God's most vulnerable people in a community of faith.  As we recognize the gift of God's Providence in our lives, we will come to realize that holiness is a life long process.   Come and enjoy the gift given to you as a follower of St. Vincent.


Spiritual Advisor Open Forum - Tim Williams & James Davis

If you are asking yourself either of these questions, you should attend this session:

“I’ve been appointed as the Conference Spiritual Advisor...NOW WHAT?”

Learn about the new Spiritual Advisor Handbook, and how it can help you to grow into this important role quickly.

“I am (or am interested in becoming) a Spiritual Advisor, but am I holy enough?”

(Spoiler Alert: YES!) This is the place to ask your questions and share your insights with other spiritual advisors.

And finally – if you are a Conference or Council President struggling with fining Spiritual Advisors, you will gain insights into the importance of this role, and how you can identify the right people to fill it.


(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available

Add to calendar8/30/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
  • Driving Your Car Program to Better Results - John Berry
  • Our Call to Holiness - Marge McGinley (Sp.)
  • Spiritual Advisor Open Forum - Tim Williams & James Davis
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 1

WORKSHOPS Session 2
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshops Session 2:
CARS Task Force (Continued) - John Berry & Nathan Martin

Introduction to Charitable Pharmacies - Yolanda Tolson-Eveans

Over a dozen St. Vincent de Paul councils operate charitable pharmacies in the United States filling thousands of necessary prescriptions at no cost to people in need.  This session will discuss the best practices and resources used by these pharmacies and provide an introduction to what would be involved to start one in your community.


(Sp.) The Home Visit through the Eyes of Blessed Frederic Ozanam
 -Ray Sickinger
This workshop will be a combination of both presentation and discussion.  It will look at home visits Frederic Ozanam actually made in order to highlight the key elements of the Home Visit in Ozanam's view.  Those who attend will come to understand that Ozanam never intended the Home Visit to be merely a helpful dole, but as a first step to real change.

Formators Open Forum - Marge McGinley & James Davis 
This gathering is an invitation to all Formators  to learn from one another, to share your successes and suggestions.  It is your chance to find your voice and share your thoughts with the National Formation Committee to assist in the vision of Vincentian Formation into the future.  James Davis and Marge McGinley will be our facilitators as they encourage feedback in small and large group settings.  We welcome your wisdom and your enthusiasm.

(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available

Add to calendar8/30/2018 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Driving Your Car Program (Continued) - John Berry
  • Introduction to Charitable Pharmacies - Yolanda Tolson-Eveans
  • Formator Open Forum - Marge McGinley & James Davis
  • The Home Visit through the Eyes of Blessed Frederic Ozanam - Ray Sickinger (Sp.)
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 2

Thursday - Lunch  
Add to calendar8/30/2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Presidential Welcome & Keynote Address (Sp.)
 (details)

Keynote Presentation: "Embracing the World:  What Would Frederic Do (WWFD)?"  
"I would like to embrace the whole world in a network of charity" (Sp.)

Fr. Aidan Rooney, 
International Coordinator, FamVin


Biography:
Aidan R. Rooney, C.M., has been a member of the Congregation of the Mission since 1980. He served in various positions in the Eastern (USA) Province of the Congregation, including parish, vocation and young adult ministry, as well as serving in the Congregation’s international mission in El Alto, Bolivia and as the international coordinator of the .famvin Digital Network, where he guided the most recent strategic plan of the network from a primarily English-based project to a fully international ministry on both web and social media platforms. He currently serves as Director of Special Projects and Assessment for the Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement at Niagara University (NY) and teaches leadership in conjunction with the Department of Management in the College of Business. For the University’s Office of Mission, he coordinates its involvement the Vincentian Mission Institute - -a project of the three universities of the Congregation in the United States.

Fr. Rooney is a published author and continues to write and edit for famvin.org and can be encountered on Twitter @LNUGuru. He speaks English and Spanish and still prays in Aymara, the native tongue of the people of the Bolivian Altiplano.

(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available


Add to calendar8/30/2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall A-B

REGIONAL  MEETINGS
Please select your region from the drop list below  
Thursday, August 30, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Eastern Region
  • Mideast Region
  • North Central Region
  • Western Region
  • Midwest Region
  • Southeast Region
  • Northeast Region
  • South Central Region

Thursday Dinner - On Your Own  
Add to calendarThursday, August 30, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Movie Night - Film Festival  (details)

WORLD PREMIERE NIGHT: Join us for a special sneak preview and World Premiere of “Our Faith In Action” a feature-length film based on the popular EWTN television series!  The movie is entered in the global FInding Vince 400 film festival to be held in Rome this October.  But you get to see it now! Filmed across the country,  Society members  share their work with people in need and their own journeys closer to God.  We will provide the popcorn! You’ll also be the first to learn how you can bring the movie to your town, present it locally and have your own movie-themed events!


Add to calendarThursday, August 30, 2018 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Evening Prayer   
Add to calendar8/30/2018 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C

Thursday Evening Reconciliation
(Please be sure to indicate your attendance so that we have adequate Priests available)  
Add to calendarThursday, August 30, 2018 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Yes
  • No


Friday, August 31, 2018

 


Rosary & Morning Prayer  
Add to calendarFriday, August 31, 2018 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C

Friday Vincentian Group Breakfast  
Add to calendarFriday, August 31, 2018 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (Pacific Time)
  • Yes
  • No

Spiritual Retreat
"Laying Down Your Life for a Friend: a Spirituality of Kenosis"
Bishop Donald J. Hying (Sp.)
 (details)

Spiritual Retreat "Laying Down Your Life for a Friend:  A Spirituality of Kenosis" (Sp.)
Most Reverend Donald J. Hying
National Council Episcopal Advisor

"Bishop Hying will explore the dynamics of allowing God to empty us out in order to free us for the loving service of others."

Biography:  

  Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, installed as
  the Fourth Bishop of Gary on January 6, 2015,
  was ordained to the priesthood for the
  Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 20, 1989. 
  On July 20, 2011, he was ordained the
  seventh Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese
  of Milwaukee.  Prior to being named
  auxiliary bishop, Bishop Hying served as
  Rector of  Saint Francis de Sales Seminary
  from 2007 to 2011, appointed by
  then-Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan.

  Bishop Hying served as Temporary Administrator at St. Augustine Parish,
  Milwaukee in 2006; Dean of Formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary,
  from 2005 to 2007.  He was Pastor at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish,
  Milwaukee from 1999 to 2005; Associate Pastor at St. Anthony Parish,
  Milwaukee from 1998 to 1999.  Hying served as Temporary Administrator at
  St. Peter Parish, East Troy, 1998; Team Member  for La Sagrada Familia
  Parroquia, Dominican Republic  from 1994 to 1997.  His first priestly
  assignment was as associate pastor for St. Anthony Parish, Menomonee Falls
  from 1989 to 1994.

Bishop Hying is a native of West Allis, Wisconsin.  He was born to Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on August 18, 1963, and is the youngest of six sons. He attended St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, Brookfield Central High School, and Marquette University.  He earned his Masters of Divinity from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.

Bishop Hying serves as the Episcopal Liaison for National Association of Catholic Chaplains and as Episcopal Advisor to the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  He is also a member of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.


(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available




Add to calendar8/31/2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall A-B

Friday Mass 
Presiding - Most Reverend Donald J. Hying  
Add to calendar8/31/2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C

Friday - Lunch  
Add to calendar8/31/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall A-B
  • Yes
  • No

Workshop Session 3
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below  (details)
Workshop Session 3:
New NCM and Proxie Orientation - Ralph Middlecamp & Dave Barringer

All new National Council Members or first time proxies are asked to attend this orientation session to meet their colleagues and establish an understanding of their responsibilities in the National Council structure.  The consensus decision making process used at the National Council Business Meeting will be explained and best practices for operating councils back home will be presented.  There will be time for questions and discussion.


(Sp.) Our Vincentian Home Visit... Implementing the new Serving in Hope Module VII in Councils and Conferences Presentation - Sr. Kieran Kneaves & James Davis 

Join Sr. Kieran Kneaves DC and James Davis for an orientation to the new module, including an overview of each session and practice with strategies to deepen the shared experience of the spirituality of the home visit in the conference community.


Housing First Program - Michael Raposa
Conferences and special works across the country are being required to regularly embrace the homeless population.  This workshop will focus on what communities across the US are doing to implement a homelessness emergency response system and SVdP’s role in these systems.   Additionally, SVdP Cares will share on their expansive implementation of the Housing First model – and, showcase their efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring

Getting Ahead While Getting Out & Reentry Programming - Phil DeVol, Aha! Process

The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.  Factors leading to the high rates of incarceration and the difficulties faced by returning citizens are complex.  We make it easy to put people in prison and hard for them to return.  These complexities demand a comprehensive response.  Getting Ahead while Getting Out is an important component of a complete model; it prepares returning citizens to take charge of their own lives and to participate actively in a community reentry program. 

In this session, you will: 

1.    Explore the causes of the high rate of incarceration and the difficulties facing returning citizens.

2.    Learn the methodology and content of the Getting Ahead while Getting Out reentry curriculum.

3.    Identify the key elements of a complete reentry model.



The Spirituality of Fundraising, Modeled by St. Vincent de Paul and His Followers - Deacon Gene Smith

How did St Vincent de Paul approach fundraising?  For Vincent, service of the poor and raising funds for the service of the poor were both sacred tasks. His zeal for these activities was rooted in the Gospels. This workshop will look at St Vincent’s attitudes toward those served in his ministries and those who funded the ministries. We will learn what was essential to him. We will see how Vincent respected donors, including kings and queens as well as ordinary men and women, by involving them in the ministries and being totally transparent regarding the use of donated funds. We will learn the art of fundraising based on Vincentian Virtues.

We will also look at followers of St Vincent like Blessed Rosalie Rendu and Blessed Frederic Ozanam and other contemporary Vincentians as to how they put the fundraising principles of Vincent into practice. We will see how fundraising for them and for us is as spiritual as prayer in church. We believe the Vincentian way of fundraising has the blessings of God.


(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available

Add to calendarFriday, August 31, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
  • New NCM & Proxie Orientation - Ralph Middlecamp & Dave Barringer
  • Our Vincentian Home Visit... Serving in Hope Module VII Presentation - Sr. Kieran Kneaves & James Davis (Sp.)
  • Housing First Program - Michael Raposa
  • Getting Ahead While Getting Out & Reentry Programming - Phil DeVol, Aha! Process
  • The Spirituality of Fundraising, Modeled by St. Vincent de Paul and His Followers" - Gene Smith
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 3

Workshop Session 4
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below  (details)
Workshop Session 4:

Governance 101 - Dave Barringer & Roger Playwin

As a conference or council President or officer, what governance responsibilities do you have? How can you assure that your organization is legal and in accordance with national/local regulations and also the Society’s Rule?  What comes first and who can help you?  Where are the answers?  This session, presented by our Society’s current and former National CEOs, will give you a governance path forward so that your group can spend more time on formation and service!


Poverty 101
- John Berry & Dr. Donna Beegle

“This powerful and interactive workshop, featuring Dr. Donna Beegle, will provide insights and tools to use in using, and training others in using, the “If Not Me, Then Who?” video series created specifically for SVdP. Dr. Beegle and John Berry will highlight some of the topics presented in this powerful series and help you create plans for the most effective training programs for delivery to conferences, councils, and others.”    


(Sp.) Formation and the Bottom Line:  How a Greater Focus on Vincentian Spirituality Can Impact Conference Performance - Sunnie Lain

Spending time and resources to help members grow in their Vincentian vocation is not only worthwhile for its own sake; it also improves Conferences’ and Councils’ ability to serve their neighbors qualitatively and quantitatively.  Sunnie Lain will draw on real-life successes in the Dayton District Council to show how a focus on formation is the best starting point for moving your Council, Conference, and members to the next level.

Recommended for:  Conference and Council Presidents, Council staff member, Spiritual Advisors


V Encuentro - Guadalupe Sosa Valencia, Susanne Santana
This September, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening a gathering of more than 3,000 delegates from across the U.S. for the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino.  The event will be a crucial turning-point for the Catholic Church in America and its response to the growing numbers of Latino Catholics in the United States. This session will describe the Encuentro process and encourage councils to engage with the local plans that emerge from this significant program

International Youth Video Conference Call - Gayle Westfahl

Come experience the Society's worldwide network of charity as SVdP youth and young adults from the U.S. speak with Vincentian youth and youth adults around the world in an international videoconference!  Each year different countries are represented; past participating countries have included Ireland, France, the Phillippines, Brazil, Lebanon, Guatemala, Colombia, and more!  The videoconference will be projected onto a screen so that spectators in the room will be able to see and hear the interaction.


(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available


Add to calendarFriday, August 31, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Formation and the Bottom Line: How a Greater Focus on Vincentian Spirituality Can Impact Conference Performance - Sunnie Lain (Sp.)
  • Governance 101 - Dave Barringer & Roger Playwin
  • Poverty 101 - John Berry & Dr. Donna Beegle
  • V Encuentro - Guadalupe Sosa & Susanne Santana
  • International Youth Video Call
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 4

Host City Event - SeaWorld San Diego

The cost for this event is partially covered in your registration fee, however there is an additional cost of $25 per person.  You MUST RSVP 'yes' below to receive your ticket to attend.  (details)


   Our Friday evening Host City Event is planned for a private area of SeaWorld. 
   The Nautilus Pavilion, located adjacent to Mission Bay, is a glass-enclosed
   structure that provides a unique setter for your dining and dancing experience.
   Also, in this area is a Penguin Encounter, spend some time with some of the
   park's coolest characters.



Wild Arctic Encounter - Get up close to Walruses and Beluga Whales in your journey through the Wild Arctic.  Polar Bears may also be present in this Encounter.   The menu includes Black Angus Tri-Tip, Penne Bolognaise and Marinara, Fish Tacos and a Cheesecake Bar for dessert.  There will be CASH ONLY Bars available.  The cost for this event is $25 per guest, with a limit of 650 guests.  So be sure to register now!



Add to calendar8/31/2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: SeaWorld San Diego
  • Yes: $25.00
  • No


Saturday, September 1, 2018

 


Rosary followed by Morning Prayer  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 01, 2018 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C

Breakfast on Your Own  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 01, 2018 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (Pacific Time)

General Session Presentation: "U.S. Catholicism in the 21st Century:  Transitions and Opportunities to Carry Our Mission Forward" - Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. (Sp.)
 (details)

General Session Presentation:   "U.S. Catholicism in the 21st Century:  Transitions and Opportunities to Carry Our Mission Forward"

Catholicism in the United States is undergoing some of its most significant transformations, demographically and culturally, since the nineteenth century.  This is a time of opportunity for Catholics and our organizations to imagine how we advance our mission in a time of paradigmatic changes.  This presentation will walk us through important changes and will point to ways forward as we continue to serve those most in need, locally and Nationally.

Dr. 
Hosffman Ospino

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education
Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry

Biography:

His research concentrates on the dialogue between theology and culture and the impact of this interchange upon Catholic theological education, catechesis, and ministry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on these areas and once worked for the National Confederation of Catholic Education in his native Colombia. Besides publishing numerous essays, Dr. Ospino is the author several books, including Cultural Diversity and Paradigm Shifts in Catholic Congregations (Fordham University Press, forthcoming), Evangelization and Catechesis in the Context of Hispanic Ministry (Liguori, 2013, in Spanish), the editor of Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010), and coeditor of Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Urgent Matters(2015). He served as the Principal Investigator of the first ever National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry (conducted between 2011-2014) whose report was published as Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). He also served as a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families (results to be released in October 2015). Dr. Ospino is an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).

As part of his service to the Fifth Encuentro Nacional de Pastoral Hispana/Latina, he serves in three capacities: 1) a member of the Core Team, 2) Co-Chair for the Process Committee, and 3) a member of ENAHVE. Hosffman had the honor of authoring Called and Sent to Encuentro: A Pastoral Theological Vision for the Fifth Encuentro Process. This document is being used in the various trainings at various levels nationwide to focus the conversation about the Fifth Encuentro and inspire important conversations related with the New Evangelization in an increasingly Hispanic Church in the united States. He also contributes research on Hispanic ministry, which is yielding important fruits and changing key conversation about the American Catholic experience in the twenty-first century.


(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available

Add to calendar9/1/2018 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall A-B

National Business Meeting  
Add to calendar9/1/2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

WORKSHOPS Session 5
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshop Session 5:

Development Professional Panel "Taking Your Nonprofit to The Next Level" - Steve Martinez, Joann Courtien, Holly End, Tiffany Collie-Bailey
Learn the best practices on how to improve your fundraising capacity.  Fundraising and National Council funding programs.  The Power of Storytelling.  Developing 1:1 Relationships and forming the ASK.  How to Build Local Community Support.


Apostolic Reflections - Tim Williams

Vincentians are called to grow in holiness together. In this session, we will explore the ways in which we can prayerfully reflect on our Home Visits and other service, and learn to discern God’s will through our works.

Christ sent his Apostles out two by two, and when they returned, he asked them what they had learned, guiding them to discern God’s will through their works. Continuing this tradition, St. Vincent de Paul gathered his missionary priests when they returned from their missions, asking “what did you learn?”

Drawing on the teaching of Fr. Hugh O’Donnell, we will share an Apostolic Reflection model you can use to continue this tradition in your Conferences.


Accessing Governance in a Box - Mike Syslo & Pam Hudson

Our National website contains hundreds of files of valuable information related to the important topic of Governance.  This workshop is intended to help you understand what is there and how to navigate through the material.  You are not expected to know everything that is there; but, based on your role in the Society, there are certain governance topics that you should be aware of and, at least, know where to find more when the need is there.


(Sp.)  Recruiting & Retraining Members - Sunnie Lain
So many times in Conferences, our “process” for admitting new members is that they show up to Conference meeting and voila--they are members! There is no process in place, which leads to a lack of Vincentian formation, as well as confusion about the Society’s mission and how Vincentians are called to fulfill it.  This workshop features a step-by-step process that allows Conferences to be intentional about making a recruitment plan that includes why they will recruit, who they will recruit, and how they will recruit.  Once a Conference has attracted new members, the next step is keeping these enthusiastic new recruits engaged.  We will discuss how to incorporate the Essential Elements of the Society into our Conference life in such a way that members will want to remain active in the works of the Conference.

The Effects of Environmental Policy on Those Living in Poverty - VOP
The Encyclical “Laudato Si” by Pope Francis has called us to reflect on our stewardship of the environment and to have special concern for the disproportionate impact policies have on those in poverty.  This session highlights the recently approved National Council position paper on the environment and explores next steps for the Society.

"The Work, and Relationship, That is Twinning?" - Kathy Weswick & Elizabeth Martinez
A discussion of the basic elements of twinning - Spirituality, Correspondence and sending of funds.  We will relate each to our relationship with God, our neighbor and ourselves.

(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available


Add to calendar9/1/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
  • Taking Your Nonprofit to The Next Level - Development
  • Apostolic Reflections - Tim Williams
  • The Effects of Environmental Policy on Those Living in Poverty
  • Recruiting and Retaining Members - Sunnie Lane (Sp.)
  • Accessing Governance in a Box - Mike Syslo & Pam Hudson
  • The Work, and Relationship, That is Twinning? - Kathy Weswick & Elizabeth Martinez
  • Young Adult Open Forum
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 5

WORKSHOPS Session 6
Please select the workshop you plan to attend from the list below
 (details)
Workshop Session 6:
Extension and Development: Using Our Faith in Action TV Series - Communications
Utilize the OFIA EWTN TV Series as a means to improve membership, extension, revitalization & development for your council or conference.

Bridges Out of Poverty, An Introduction - Phil DeVol
This breakout session will introduce the core strategies and constructs behind Bridges Out of Poverty, a book, a workshop, a movement!  Bridges uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty.
> Understand how to build a comprehensive, system-wide approach
                 to reducing poverty.
> Examine the Bridges Mental Model and specific strategies to build
                stability and resources at the individual, institutional, community
                and policy level.
> Explore the involvement of SVdP Volunteers in Bridges Communities
                of Practice.

Vincentian Formation "The Heart of Servant Leadership" - Tim Williams

Isn’t formation handled by Formators and Spiritual Advisors? Our Rule informs us that servant leaders have “special responsibility for promoting Vincentian spirituality.”

What does that look like in practice? How does it strengthen us in our mission, and enable us to better serve those in need? In this session, you will see how formation is not separate from servant leadership, or from the Vincentian mission of charity. Learn new ways to build Friendship, Service and Spirituality in your Conference or Council.

Whether you are serving in leadership currently or in the future, this session is for you. (That means everybody.)


Multicultural Diversity Training

(Sp.)  Spirituality of the Home Visit:  Cultivation of the Vincentian Heart - James Davis
Join James Davis, Spiritual Advisor for the South Central Region to explore the  journey to deepen the experience of Vincentian Spirituality on the home visit:
>  Discuss the heritage of the Vincentian home visit over time, grounded
                in the scriptures, inspired by the gratuitous love of Jesus Christ,
                and modeled by our Saints.
>  Describe the ongoing evolution of the Vincentian ministry and the recovery
                 of deeper relationships with the neighbor through our commitment to
                 systemic change.
>  Review the materials available to support ongoing education and formation
                 to deepen relationships with the neighbor and among Vincentians.

Youth Program "Tackling Childhood Hunger" - Elaine Murphy

Why do so many children in our own communities face food insecurity? What challenges might be faced by a hungry neighbor or classmate? How might we join forces with those who are fighting to end childhood hunger? Join us to learn, brainstorm, plan, advocate, take action, and make a difference.


(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available



Add to calendar9/1/2018 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Extension & Development: Using our Faith in Action TV Series - Communications
  • Bridges Out of Poverty, An Introduction - Phil DeVol, Aha! Process
  • Vincentian Formation "The Heart of Servant Leadership" - Tim Williams
  • Spirituality of the Home Visit - James Davis (Sp.)
  • Multicultural Diversity Training
  • Youth Program: "Tackling Childhood Hunger" - Elaine Murphy
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 6

Saturday - Lunch  
Add to calendar12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall A-B
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WORKSHOPS Session 7
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Workshop Session 7:
Social Media:  Make it Work for You - Communications


Thinking about starting up or re-energizing your conference or council Facebook page? Join us to learn how to confidently use Facebook to connect to your supporters and achieve your outreach, education and communication goals. Whether you’re just discussing starting a page or have been using one pretty routinely, you’ll leave this workshop with a better understanding of the fundamentals and at least three new tips to make the posting easier and the following more fun.



What is Catholic Social Teaching, and What's in it for Vincentians? - Steve Calme
The Vincentian heritage has focused heavily on direct service to those in need. Catholic Social Teaching (CST) emphasizes the larger social values that our faith promotes.  How do these two traditions support and challenge one another?  Join us to learn more about CST (including Frederic Ozanam's influence on it) and concrete ways it can enrich your Vincentian spirituality, help your conference connect with other Catholic ministry groups, and make your service more effective. 


(Sp.)  Understanding U.S. Immigration Policy & How it Impacts the People We Serve - Sr. Mary Ellen Lucy, DC

The issues confronting the people we serve, who are not documented U. S. citizens are many and vary depending on their status. This session is designed to increase our understanding of the complexities of the current immigration system.

We are called by the Gospel to “welcome the stranger” and to root our belief that the family is the fundamental cell of society. However, our nation’s immigration policies seem to create ever more conflicts and challenges. Our best hope for de-escalating the debate and creating a more humane and just system, is to root our understanding in the stories and experiences of migrant families and those serving them. This workshop will lift up stories from the border, and explore ways that Vincentians can get involved.


Leadership for Hispanic Conferences

Serving in Hope Modules:  Formation Gems - Rita St. Pierre
In this workshop we will review the Serving in Hope Modules and describe how they can be used for ongoing formation in various ways.  I will describe my experience of using the Modules as powerful follow-up to Ozanam Orientation, and also offer suggestions on the presentation of the Modules' content; hopefully leading to an increase in the use of these formation gems at all levels of the Society.

(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available

Add to calendar9/1/2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Social Media: Make it work for you - Michelle Boyer & Lauren Cnare
  • What is Catholic Social Teaching, and What's in it for Vincentians? - Steve Calme
  • Understanding U.S. Immigration Policy & How it Impacts the People We Serve (Sp.) - Sr. Mary Ellen Lucy, DC
  • Serving in Hope Modules: Formation Gems - Rita St. Pierre
  • Leadership for Hispanic Conferences
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 7

WORKSHOPS Session 8
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Workshop Session 8:

Fundraising Fundamentals:  Overcoming the Top Myths of Fundraising - Joanne Courtien
Council members and staff can provide more funds to support their work if they create effective ways to tell their impact stories to donors.  And follow some basic proven fundraising fundamentals.  Finding and keeping donors are paramount to the success of a Fundraising Program. 


Creating and Nurturing Formation Teams
- Kathy Iberle
Would you like to see more Vincentian formation in your Council?  In this workshop, learn how to use the formation and training tools provided by the Society.  We’ll review the materials available for your use, discuss how to recruit and prepare formators, and take a look at Council formation planning and how to grow your program


(Sp.)  Resolving Conflicts in Meetings - Gayle Westfahl & Ned Delmore

Conference meetings are intended to be “mutually fulfilling” gatherings where members joyfully share their experiences, grow in faith and make plans to serve others.  Sometimes, however, members do not always agree on how to go about these activities and the meetings are far from mutually fulfilling.  Managing meeting conflict is almost never at the top of any conference president’s list of favorite undertakings, but it doesn’t need to be a negative experience.  In fact, sometimes it can be healthy and help your conference grow.  In this workshop we will share a few tips to better prevent and manage conflict within your conference meetings. 


Could "I" Be a Spiritual Advisor - Catalina Miller & Freda Maree Thomasson

Yes, you can be a Spiritual Advisor for your conference.  You are needed. Come and See.  We will show you how to set up a prayer environment or prayer table, provide information to help increase spirituality in your members, share activities that can be done on Feast Days, provide spiritual advisors resources, etc. Come join us!


Voice of the Poor Open Session - VOP

If you are interested in what our Society is doing in the area of advocacy, attend this session and participate in an open discussion of activities and future plans.


(Sp.)  Simultaneous Spanish Translation will be available

Add to calendar9/1/2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)
  • Fundraising Fundamentals: Overcoming the Top Myths of Fundraising - Joanne Courtien
  • Creating and Nurturing Formation Teams - Kathy Iberle
  • Could "I" Be a Spiritual Advisor? - Catalina Miller & Freda Maree Thomasson
  • Resolving Conflicts in Meetings - Ned Delmore & Gayle Westfahl (Sp.)
  • Voice of the Poor Open Session
  • Do Not Plan to Attend Workshop Session 8

Vigil Mass
Presiding - Bishop Robert McElroy  
Add to calendar5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Grand Hall C

Closing Reception & Banquet   
Add to calendar7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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