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Sessions - Monday, June 21, 2021

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am    Spiritual Keynote & Mass - Bishop Donald J. Hying

    9:00 am - 11:00 am Spiritual Keynote & Mass - Bishop Donald J. Hying

    "Looking at Both Charity and Justice Through the Lives of the Saints"

    Our Society's National Episcopal Advisor is also Bishop of the host city for this year's virtual North Central Region meeting. Bishop Donald J. Hying will open our week with a spiritual reflection tied closely to our meeting's theme: "Justice & Charity: Bookends of Grace." Bishop Hying will help us see how the grace-filled lives of the saints, our heroes in faith, can inspire and guide our own Vincentian practice of and growth in both justice and charity.

    Following his reflection and a brief musical interlude, Bishop Hying will celebrate Mass for us, commission our new Region Spiritual Advisor and lead North Central Region Vincentians in our annual re-commitment ceremony.

    Concelebrants for Mass:
    Msgr. Kevin Holmes, Pastor of the Cathedral Parish, Madison, and SVdP Madison Diocesan Council Spiritual Advisor

    Fr. Bart Timmerman, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison, and SVdP Madison District Council Spiritual Advisor

    Fr. Joji Allam, Parochial Vicar of St. Dennis Parish, Madison

  • For the last year or more, Vincentians had to find ways to practice our 3 core elements of friendship, spirituality, and person-to-person service “virtually.” As more people get vaccinated and health conditions improve, we are returning to in-person meetings and home visits, and in some cases, find we need to recruit new members, re-train members and renew our friendships. This workshop will use small discussion groups and large group feedback and Q&A to learn what each other are doing to rekindle our Vincentian charism.

  • We all face adversity throughout our lives, but to our "Friends in Need (FINs)," the challenges they experience can be overwhelming. There are tools available from SVdP National to help them overcome and learn tried and true skills. Check out the workshop that will inform you about Back2Work, Immersion and other tips and traps to help our FINs transition from learning mode to working mode while seeking a livable wage on the way to self sufficiency.

  • Best practices in utilizing recorded national & regional webinars for in-person, virtual, or hybrid training meetings.

  • Investigators graduate Getting Ahead with a written plan for their future. What comes next? This session will discuss the question from a GA graduate and program perspective, exploring the importance of support after graduation and offering specific examples. Participants who run GA programs will be encouraged to share their examples.

  • Best practices to foster spiritual growth in conference meetings.

  • Opportunities for growth in membership and service, considerations, best practices, lessons learned.

Sessions - Wednesday, June 23, 2021

  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am     Morning Rosary - Carol Miller

    8:30 am - 9:00 am Morning Rosary - Carol Miller

  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am     Keynote & General Session - Ralph Middlecamp

    10:00 am - 11:15 am Keynote & General Session - Ralph Middlecamp

    “So That We May Bring Them Your Love - The Why of our Vocation”

  • Discover how your SVdP thrift store could increase revenue by separating and saving specific goods, and marketing those items to appeal to a particular audience, helping to entice new customers. Explore the importance of making the distinction between having a sale and promoting an event—and learning how to best merchandise and set up these shops to distinguish them from everyday product. Also, get an inside look into the National Store merchandising standards for both donated goods and new stock.

  • Barriers and support needs faced by citizens re-entering society from prison, and perspective on the SVdP IMMERSION re-entry program from the co-chairs of SVdP's National Re-Entry Task Force.

  • Learn about Council and Conference Formation Plans, the Vincentian Pathway, and resources available for formation and spirituality. For Conference Presidents, Spiritual Advisors, and all involved in formation training and spiritual growth of our members.

  • Delve a little deeper into our Vincentian Heritage and Spirituality in this session, where we will examine the words and examples of our patron, St. Vincent and our Founder, Blessed Frederic, finding the threads that connect them to each other and to us in our vacation.

  • Bring your questions about how a Council or Conference should operate within the Rule, our Mission, our Resolutions and be consistent with the wishes of pastors and (Arch)Bishops while at the same time being in compliance with State and Federal Laws.

  • For Spanish-speaking Vincentians & Conferences. Spanish language and resources available and best practices.

Sessions - Friday, June 25, 2021

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am     Liturgy of the Hours - Deacon Mike Finley

    8:30 am - 9:30 am Liturgy of the Hours - Deacon Mike Finley

  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am    Combating Racism - Wayne Bugg & Mary Anne Michelet

    10:00 am - 11:15 am Combating Racism - Wayne Bugg & Mary Anne Michelet

    Combating systemic racism, solidarity with diverse Friends In Need, working towards racial justice. Wayne and Mary Anne will be taking a look at racism from a Vincentian perspective. They will discuss why this subject should matter to Vincentians and how racism impacts what we do.

  • Addiction is a disease that not only negatively affects the struggling individual, but also significantly impacts family, friends and the community as a whole. This workshop will outline the history of SVdP Sauk Prairie's CARE Program, the success that comes from the development of passion due to our own personal pain of having family members afflicted with this disease. My hope is that our story will ignite interest in how you could start your own coalition in your community.

  • Best practices for conferences and councils without stores or paid staff: cultivating parishioners & major donors, grant writing, web and social media, events.

  • This workshop will cover Housing & Homelessness Services during the Pandemic, and 2019-2020 SVdP Housing Survey Results, and how you can make a difference in your community by collaborating with your local Continuum of Care (CoC).

Music by Gayle Westfahl

  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sessions - Saturday, June 26, 2021

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am       Divine Mercy Chaplet - Tom Gibbons

    8:30 am - 9:30 am Divine Mercy Chaplet - Tom Gibbons

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am  "Hope - Becoming What We Pray:  Vincentian Hope in Word & Song" - Fr. James Marchionda, O.P.

    10:00 am - 11:30 am "Hope - Becoming What We Pray: Vincentian Hope in Word & Song" - Fr. James Marchionda, O.P.

    “It’s not up to God alone to listen to prayer. It’s not up to God alone to answer. But when the people of God become what we pray, the Kingdom of God is revealed.”

    This presentation will contain a double challenge:
    1) to practice what we preach;
    2) to become what we pray.
    We must not relegate to God alone what we ourselves are not willing to act on.

    Relying upon Sacred Scripture as the basis for action in Christ, this preaching will attempt to draw us beyond preoccupations with singular relationships with God. We are called beyond self-referentiality to a broader realization of the critical part we play in the lives of those desperately crying out to God for help.

    In addition to Scripture, Fr. Jim, a noted composer with World Library Publications for over
    40 years, and now affiliated with G.I.A. Publications of Chicago, will also incorporate original sacred music into this presentation. His composition, "I was Hungry," was sung at the funeral of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Based on Matthew 25, it serves as the inspiration for the later composition, "Becoming What We Pray." Joining Fr. Jim will be the Ryan Group, a group of talented musicians and singers.

    Through this blending of scripture and song, we will be reminded that for some of the world’s most suffering souls, we may be the only answer to prayer they ever receive. Imagine that! As St. Teresa of Avila prayed, “Christ has no body now on earth, but yours!” This keynote will be filled with real-life stories depicting how God redeems the world through human nature, the more we become what we pray.

  • MARC, Case Management, Resources from Disaster Services Corporation.

  • For Spanish-speaking conferences & Vincentians. Bring your questions about anything related to home visits, recruiting, conference practices, and more.

  • Bring your questions about anything related to home visits, recruiting, conference practices, relationships, formation & training, reporting, our Rule, and more.

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