Participate in the Virtual 2020 National Assembly National Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul 175th Anniversary "Be Where it All Began" September 3 - 5, 2020
Spirituality. Friendship. Service.
While much of the world is still sheltering in place, we need to move forward with business, which means the show must go on. The 2020 National Assembly will be a virtual event, but that doesn’t mean that we still can't be together. We have a lot of great programs, workshops and a virtual tradeshow for you to experience. Our average meeting attendance is about 700+ Vincentians, but we hope to double that with our Virtual Meeting — and we’d like you to be a part of it! Please keep in mind that all sessions will be recorded for viewing at a later date if you miss one.
While we are not charging for this event due to the pandemic, we hope you'll be able to contribute to your local Council or Conference. Also, please consider donating to the National Council Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships that enable individuals to attend future Midyear and National Meetings.
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Prior to the Virtual National Assembly, you will receive a reminder email providing you with the links to join each session that you've selected, as well as any handouts that may be available. All sessions will be recorded, so if you miss one, you'll still be able to view it at a later date.
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Tuesday, Sept 1 -- 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
(Foundation Board Members Only)
"Vincentians are called to journey together towards holiness... they aspire to burn with the love of God as revealed by Christ and to deepen their faith and fidelity." Rule 1:2.2
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CT [Sold Out]
(Finance Committee Members Only)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm CT
(Stores Board Members Only)
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm CT
Disaster Services Corp SVdP-USA Disaster Preparedness and Response Workshop
Thursday, Sept 3 -- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CT
(Mideast Region Only)
Thursday, Sept. 3 -- 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm CT
Presidential Welcome - National Council President, Ralph Middlecamp
Thursday, Sept. 3 -- 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CT
Keynote Address - "Every Crisis is an Opportunity"National Episcopal Advisor, Bishop Donald J. HyingHow do the current challenges lead us to reflect upon and understand more deeply the Vincentian vocation and mission?
"Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity." St. Vincent de Paul
Thursday, Sept. 3 -- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CT
Thursday, Sept. 3 -- 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CT
Friday, Sept. 4 -- 9:00 am - 10:30 am CT
Ralph Middlecamp, Sr. Kieran Kneaves & Tim WilliamsChrist is the absolute center. He is the Rule, as St. Vincent often said. This seems so obvious, but nothing is more important. At home with the family, at work with colleagues, at school, in the parish, or anywhere else, the lay member of the Vincentian Family aims to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 13:14).
Friday, Sept. 4 -- 10:45 am - 12:15 pm CT
James Davis, Sunnie Lain & Tim WilliamsThe spirituality and practice of Vincentian Discernment helps us harvest creative energy and ideas from the spirited dialogue in conferences and councils. As we gather to make decisions about how to best meet the evolving needs of our neighbors, this workshop will explore ways to adopt practices grounded in Vincentian Spirituality. The session will draw on our rich heritage through which we “…feel called to pray together for guidance and strength and for that creative imagination which is the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (3.9).” A focus on advancing the practice of Vincentian Discernment in our conferences and councils supports our aspiration that “… All decisions are made by consensus after the necessary prayer, reflection and consultation (3.10).”
Ray Sickinger & the Leadership Task ForceMany Conferences and Councils struggle with what we call “succession planning.” In this workshop we will present some proven strategies and practical steps to proactively find candidates for leadership. Just as importantly, we will also discuss how those candidates can reflect and discern the call to servant leadership for themselves. There will be relevant materials provided and an opportunity to ask questions.
Friday, Sept. 4 -- 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CT
Tim Williams & Cathy GarciaWhen we visit our neighbors in need, our primary purpose is our own growth in holiness, and our most important result is to reassure the suffering that God has not forgotten them. Drawing on the rich history of the Vincentian Family’s responses to plague, disaster, and other crises, we will discuss the heightened spiritual and practical importance of our person-to-person service in these times of widespread loss and anxiety.
Jack Murphy & Pam MatambanadzoMany conferences report that single mother lead families are the most vulnerable they serve. Learn about the unique challenges faced by these families and some advocacy initiatives your conference and council can take to change outcomes.
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
"I would like to embrace the whole world in a network of charity." Frederic Ozanam
Friday, Sept. 4 -- 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm CT
Dave BarringerOur Society continues to serve neighbors in need with personal encounters. We must always be aware of how we protect both those we serve and our own members from possible abuse situations and similar environments. This presentation discusses how requirements may change with the Society’s independence from the Church recognized in more Parishes, operational changes due to the pandemic, and updated requirements of our Diocese, facilities and state/local authorities. Potential pathways will also be presented for your consideration both locally and nationally.
Mike PazzagliniThe National Council’s website plays a key role in promoting our mission and the good work of Vincentians across the country. It is a tool for inspiring philanthropic support, expanding our reach, and driving new interest; a source of information for Vincentians, Councils, and Conferences; and a place for people in need looking for assistance. Our website will help educate and motivate all constituencies in a clear, consistent, and concise web presence. Join us to learn about phase 1 of the new National Council website and offer constructive feedback as we prepare for phase 2.
Friday, Sept. 4 -- 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CT
Friday, Sept. 4 -- 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CT
Optional Game Night
Friday, September 4 -- 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CT
"I desire all of you to be filled with a great love which will immerse you so sweetly in God and so charitably in the service of the poor." Saint Louise de Marillac
Saturday, Sept. 5 -- 8:00 am - 9:00 am CT
9:00 am - 9:15 am Break
Saturday, Sept. 5 -- 9:15 am - 12:30 pm CT (Part I)
"But be kind and love, for love is your first gift to the poor. They will appreciate your kindness and your love more than all else you bring them." Blessed Rosalie Rendu
Saturday, Sept. 5 -- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm CT (Part II)
"To Seek Out the Poor... Vincentians strive to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity." Rule 1.5
To View Workshop Speaker & Presenter Bios,
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VIRTUAL TRADE SHOW
Attend the 2020 Virtual Trade Show
Explore the Virtual Booths, then enter for a chance to win some special prizes from our Vendors!!
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While we are not charging for this event due to the pandemic, we hope you'll be able to contribute to your local Council or Conference, also please consider donating to the National Council Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships that enable individuals to attend future Midyear and National Meetings.
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Frequently Asked Questions???
What is the Date & Time of the Event? Our Virtual National Assembly will begin on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time with a welcome from National Council President Ralph Middlecamp. The last session will be a closing comments and prayer at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020.
Vendor Showcase Hours: Unlike in person, the Vendor Showcase is open 24/7! Please visit often!
What is the Cost? There is no cost to attend this event. However, we hope that if you are able, you will consider contributing to your local Council or Conference; or consider making a donation to the National Council Scholarship Fund, to help others attend meetings in the future that they would normally be unable to attend.
Will these sessions be recorded? Yes, all sessions will be recorded for future viewing.
Where can I purchase SVdP Publications? All St. Vincent de Paul materials are available on the National Website at: https://www.svdpusa.org/materials/
What other upcoming events can we attend:
March 3 – 6, 2021 2021 Midyear Business Meeting & 175th Anniversary Celebration: Hyatt at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri
August 25 – 28, 2021 2021 National Assembly, Marriott Marquis, Houston, Texas
Check back to the SVdP Calendar for additional updates: https://www.svdpusa.org/members/Meetings/Meeting-Schedule