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“A Network of friends, inspired by Gospel Values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with, and service to people in need.”
For a printable agenda, click 2021 National Assembly Agenda - Printable Agenda 07.09.21.pdf
(Through 7/15, after 7/15 registration fee is $425; after 8/15 late registration fee is $475 )
(Youth & Young Adult Programs Only)
(Includes all group meal functions, does not include Host City Event or Banquet, addl. fees apply)
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(Two attendees included with each exhibit, addl. attendees are $250 per person)
Additional Exhibitor Attendee (over two allowed)
Additional Exhibitor Add-on Space
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** All Clergy attending the National Assembly please bring your Alb and White Stole, as they will not have any available for you to use.
Also, please send a "Letter of Testimony of Suitability" to:
Most Rev. Italo Dell’Oro, C.R.S. or Email to:Chancellor Ms. Deborah Ladet1700 San Jacinto firstname.lastname@example.org Houston, Texas 77002-8291 (713) 659-5461 x8203
Mobility Scooters can be rented thru Mobility Scooters Houston, click HERE to schedule your rental. Cost ranges from $40 - $300 per day, depending on the style of scooter. Scooters will be delivered to the Marriott Marquis.
Marriott Marquis Houston1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX 77010 (713) 654-1777
Overnight accommodations available at the Marriott Marquis Hotel Houston, $155.00 per room, per night, plus taxes. Reservations can be made online at Marriott Marquis; once you submit your registration you will be automatically directed to their website to book your accommodations. The deadline for making a reservation at the group rate is August 4, 2021; after this date, room rates will be based on the prevailing rate, currently $332.00 per night.
The Marriott Marquis Houston is located in downtown Houston, Texas, approx. 10 miles from Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) and approx. 20 miles from George Bush International (IAH). Directions and transportation options can be found on their website. The Marriott Marquis features the world's largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river, location of our Host City Event! The Marriott has a diverse collection of on-site dining options including Biggio's sports bar, the sophisticated Mediterranean tapas and wine selection at Cueva, outdoor dining at High Dive, homestyle hospitality at the Walker Street Kitchen, Mexican flair of Xochi by Hugo Ortega, and on-the-go fuel at Texas T. The Marriott Marquis is also connected by a skywalk to the George R. Brown Convention Center with additional shopping and dining opportunities. There are no shortage of dining options in the area, you will not go hungry!
(Disaster Board Members Only)
(Stores Committee Members Only)
National Store Stories with Q&A. Showcase with Exhibitors to help Stores be successful.
Disaster Preparation and Response for Councils and Conferences.
Drink Tickets can be pre-purchased at Registration.
Downtown Houston - there are many options available in the Downtown Houston area, just walking distance from the hotel. Or jump in a cab and take a trip down to the Space Center Houston or the Fine Arts Museum. Grab a Houston CityPass full of great discounts. For a list of dining options, click HERE, as well as a map of Downtown Houston to help you get around.
Although the Society of St. Vincent de Paul encourages friendship as one of its essential elements, nevertheless conflicts can and do arise from time to time in our Conferences and Councils. This workshop will provide insights on how to deal with such conflicts, strategies for negotiating resolution, and skills necessary for success. It will also present a specific process to follow to resolve any conflicts that arise and suggestions on how to prevent conflicts from happening in the first place.
Formation…you keep using that word. But does it mean what you think it means? Take a deep dive into the Society’s Foundation Document on Vincentian Formation. Join us to learn how we grow together in four dimensions of formation on our path together towards holiness. It’s the most important thing we do! (Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available)
The largest transfer of wealth in history has begun, but many organizations feel they don't have the time, money, or expertise to ask for planned gifts. In this workshop we will share simple steps you can take to invite your donors to give transformational gifts and leave a legacy of charity.
Two of the evaluators for the last Systemic Change Grant cycle will review the criteria for an ideal program and answer questions from the participants.
(Committee Members Only)
Practical tips from two Vincentians leading SVdP workforce efforts. This will not be a "how to start a program" session. We'll be talking about lessons learned.
Many Conferences believe that SVdP is a standalone organization and should be able to handle all the calls that come to them. Collaborating with others can be a new concept, we will discuss the concept of pursuing collaborative relationships. and how they can benefit your Conference. There will be time for Q&A after the topic is presented. (Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available)
Long before Pope Saint Paul VI issued the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Bl. Frédéric Ozanam discerned his own call to vocation as a layman. He even went so far as to say that “to be a martyr is possible for every Christian.” In our own Vincentian vocation, Frédéric is our primary role model. Join us to learn more about how we can better fulfill our call to holiness from the words and example of our founder!
The Getting Ahead workbooks are based on the premise that people in poverty are problem solvers who do not need to be told what to do. What they respond to is a learning process that allows them to explore the impact of poverty on them and their community. What they do need from the community is support in overcoming barriers that are beyond their immediate control.
(Staff Only, by Invitation)
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(Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available)
Ralph Middlecamp, National Council President
Join us in the Grand Ballroom for the opening presentation with National Council President, Ralph Middlecamp
Jaime L. Waters, Ph.D.Associate Professor Catholic Studies, DePaul University
"Building on Strong Foundations: How Biblical and Vincentian Traditions Inspire Future Work"
This presentation will explore Scripture and Vincentian history to reflect on the principles of hope and service that are at the center of this year's National Assembly. In light of the complex challenges of the past year, this talk will offer insights for responding to and persevering through difficult circumstances, revealing way that tradition can inspire and inform future work.
Retreats, reflections, and training, oh my! You need a Formation Plan for your Conference or Council, but where to start? Learn how and when to use the many resources available, and how to put them together into a simple plan. You will also be introduced to a new planning tool for Conferences and Councils!
(Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available)This Vincentian panel of Growth & Revitalization Regional Reps will share stories, examples, handouts, prayers, etc as they discuss various ways of encouraging change in Conferences that are “stuck”. "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." Attendees will also learn how to find new leaders and plan for succession in order to keep their conferences full of vitality, holiness and growth. Remembering, “When in doubt, choose change. we cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what we can say is they must change if they are to get better.”
This panel of experienced Vincentians will discuss how they solicit voices from the unheard in their communities and how it forms their work. (Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available)
Our emphasis will be on latest Housing initiatives with a special emphasis on Cares both Fed. & State housing programs. This will be a big aid to our fellow Vincentians to assist them in providing hands on help in completing necessary paperwork to receive Cares funding. Additionally, we would like to share 2019-20 existing housing programs that are operated by various Councils across the country, and look for Councils who may want to participate in best practices poster sessions.
This year at the National Assembly, the Host City Event will be on Thursday evening, August 26th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. hosted by the South Central Region.
Come and enjoy the Tex-Mex cuisine, the Mariachi band, Salsa dance lessons, and the open-air pool side ambiance around the Texas shaped Lazy River. $30 will include: attendance, food, one margarita, and the comradery of Vincentians from all over the United States. A cash bar will be available for additional drink requests.
Hope to see you there!
(Addl. fees apply $30)
(By Invitation Only)
Bishop Donald J. Hying - Presiding
(New NCM Members or Proxies Only)
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Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, CMPresident, Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities"The Interruption Stories: Christ, Human Need and the Present Moment"The Life of Jesus is replete with stories of being interrupted by human need. This talk explores that pattern amidst our most immediate challenges serving the poor.
* Meet in Lobby for the bus to depart for Youth/Young Adult Off-Site Activity
Learn about the principals of Catholic Social Teaching and explore how these important themes provide the foundation to SVdP advocacy, particularly in helping returning citizens get back on their feet.
This workshop will be a discussion of the process and considerations to be addressed in setting up and operating Microloan/Mini-Loan Programs.
Spirituality and fellowship are two of the Society’s essential elements. One of the ways Conferences can foster growth and development in these important areas is through retreats or days of prayer. However, some members may not feel confident or equipped to designing and implementing this unique experience. This workshop will offer concrete examples of how a retreat can be organized and conducted with both basic and advanced conditions. The communal benefits of prayer and reflection will be emphasized. (Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available)
Learn how to efficiently generate revenue and improve on the resources you already have.
Our Rule teaches that in our Conferences, “All decisions are made by consensus after the necessary prayer, reflection and consultation.” Vincentians can be awfully independent thinkers, so how do we manage to come together on everything? Consensus is not just a practical goal, but a spiritual one. It begins with discernment, and it begins with you!
This workshop will focus on three topics for discussion: Hoarding; Donations to Outside Organizations; and the Frequency of Conference Meetings. There will be a formal description of what each of these means in an SVdP environment and then Q&A regarding each topic.
Learn how to use the art of storytelling to raise more money and members for your conference and become a source of hope and inspiration in your parish.
As we strive to grow both Conferences and members are we nourishing and nurturing the leaders we need. (This presentation will be in Spanish)
Presenting the plight of the refugees, how Vincentians can assist, and our hope that using Catholic Social Teaching can teach us to view the needs of others through the love of Christ.
How do differences and diversity – among our members and among the neighbors we serve - impact our lives and the life of the Society? Explore and discuss issues such as race, class, and gender, learning from your experiences and the experiences of others in a conversation led by Fr. Clarence Williams. (Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available)
Many SVdP Conferences are still using paper, Excel spreadsheets, or homegrown applications to manage Neighbor information and communicate assistance requests details. Learn how ServWare can streamline the day-to-day Neighbor management, assistance, and reporting needs for a Conference in a secure, easy to use application, and how Conference presidents and treasurers can easily track Conference assistance and finances, and generate reports.
(Foundation Board Members Only)
(Cash Bars Only)
National Assembly Exhibitors & Sponsors
Please take a few moments to visit the websites of the National Assembly Vendor Directory 07.03.21.pdf, we have a great program in stores for the Stores and Exhibitor Showcase, be sure to stop by their tables at the National Assembly starting Tuesday evening at 3:00 p.m. and going thru Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Visit our National Partners Webpage
Our National Partners page is a great resource for your thrift store and other special works needs. Please take a moment to see how our National Partners can assist.
Check out the latest products from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
2021 National Assembly Speaker Bios 07.06.21.pdf
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The National Council of the U.S., Society of St. Vincent de Paul strives to keep all our Vincentians, Staff, and Volunteers safe during all our events. Please take a moment to review our COVID 19 Safety Plan before heading to an event.
SVdP is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers. View Harrassment Policy.
Cancellations up till August 15, 2021 will received a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations after August 15, 2021 will receive a 50% cancellation fee.