2022 North Central Regional Meeting


June 23 - 25, 2022

Milwaukee Marriott West

W231N1600 Corporate Court

Waukesha, WI 53186

(262) 574-0888

Overnight accommodations are available $109.00 plus tax (Cut-off date is May 27, 2022)  To make your reservations online, click HERE or by phone (877) 651-7666, (mention that you are part of the St. Vincent de Paul Block to secure the discounted room rate).  Room nights can be adjusted to your dates needed, based on the sessions you plan to attend.  If you have any difficulty booking your room, please contact the hotel directly.

Hotel is located about 27 miles from Mitchell International Airport (MKE).   Transportation to/from the Airport(s) is available thru Taxi Service or Uber.  


If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Michele Schurk at [email protected]; otherwise please feel free to contact Deb Wilke-Klug at [email protected] with any other questions.


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    Make checks payable to: St. Vincent de Paul Milwaukee Archdiocesan Council (“NCR 2022” in the memo field)
    Mail to: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 26537, Milwaukee, WI 53226 - Attn: M.Martin

Please review the agenda below, and select all items that you wish to attend.

Printable Agenda Click Here:  2022 North Central Regional Meeting - Printable Agenda.pdf


Schedule, Wednesday, June 22

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Registration Table Open

(pick up your materials)

Dinner On Your Own

Schedule, Thursday, June 23

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Registration Table Open

  • W280 N2101 Prospect Avenue
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    (No transportation available, approx. 9 minutes from the Marriott)

  • Training for new Conference Presidents centered on the seven duties and five goals of a Conference President.

  • 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.

Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M. President, Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities

Fr. Holtschneider has spent his 32 years as a Vincentian priest working for the needs of the poor in Catholic higher education and Catholic healthcare. Past president of DePaul University, and chair and then chief operations officer of Ascension, the nation's largest non-for-profit health system, Fr. Dennis now leads the association of the nation's Catholic universities. Currently, he is a faculty member for several higher education leadership programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education. He holds degrees in mathematics, theology and a doctorate in higher education policy from Harvard University.

Host City Event 
Buses will begin departing at 4:45 p.m.
(Buses begin loading 10 minutes prior to departure) 
and will return around 9:00 p.m.

  • Join us for Summerfest! We have 75 free tickets* to Summerfest the world’s largest music festival held along Milwaukee’s beautiful lake front. Enjoy music, shopping, entertainment and food from dozens of Milwaukee vendors. *tickets are first come first served; otherwise $25 (adult), $20 (62+) at the gate.

  • Grab your comfy shoes! Join us for a short walking tour of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward led by the Historic Third Ward Association. On your tour, you will find many choices of restaurants, shopping, and other places of interest. A tour map will be included.

  • Milwaukee’s Streetcar for a short trip to Cathedral Square Park and tour of Milwaukee's Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Visit the Art Museum. Several food options will be available at the park for purchase.

Schedule, Friday, June 24

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Registration Table Open

  • "Building a Network with Capacity to Serve"

    To more fully meet the needs of the people we serve, we must increase our "capacity" through adding conferences and members, forming leaders, increasing our funds, and improving communication.

Ralph Middlecamp, President, National Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Ralph Middlecamp is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. He served as the executive director and CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the District Council of Madison from 1999 until his retirement July 31, 2017. He began his career with the Society in 1987 as a store general manager. During his 30-year tenure, the number of stores increased to seven, and he developed the Center for Vincentian Charity.

He has served on National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Store Committee and Communication Committee, and is on the presenting team of the Society’s national leadership renewal program, Invitation for Renewal. Ralph also is a past member of the International Council General’s Commission for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Frederic Ozanam. In 2017 was elected as National Council President.

Ralph is married to Dr. Cathy Hurt Middlecamp, who is on the faculty of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

9:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.Workshops Block 1

  • The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness.
    This workshop will provide SVDP participants with effective ways to partner with their local Continuum of Care to help homeless individuals and homeless families become self-sufficient members of their communities

  • Newly published by the National Formation Committee this year, this half-day workshop is being offered in three parts at this NCR Meeting. We'll discuss the history and spirituality of the home visit, along with practical tools for Vincentians to improve and deepen what our Rule calls "relationships based on trust and friendship" with the neighbor. Recommended for home visitors of all experience levels.

  • Every SVdP Council and/or Conference should have a yearly retreat, or perhaps more frequently. Retreats greatly enhance our essential elements of Spirituality, Friendship and Service, leading to greater holiness, peacefulness and enthusiasm. Participants will learn how to plan a Spiritual Retreat, the "nuts and bolts" of a retreat, plus establishing a Formation Committee. Resources and themes which may best fit the needs of local Vincentians will be shared, along with handouts of available resources. There will be time for interactive questions and discussion, so please bring along your thoughts, challenges, and suggestions!

  • For those interested in thrift store operations, this track will be a hands-on day consisting of 6 round-robin stations: management, clothing, hard goods, store layout/rotation, donations, and money handling/cashier. The group will be bussed from the Milwaukee Marriott West hotel to the thrift store in Pewaukee where participants will be divided into 6 smaller groups for the round-robin tour. Lunch will be served on site at 11:30 am. Participants will be bussed back to the hotel by 4 pm. Those who cannot partake in the full day will be responsible for their own transportation and are welcome to join the stations by request. The Stores Track will be facilitated by Rod Colburn and 12 staff members from the SVdP Waukesha County District Council stores.

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Workshops Block 2

  • During the workshop, the newly updated Standards of Excellence will be presented along with the procedures to be followed in identifying Conferences and Councils that are representative of excellence in the Society. Discussion and Q&A will be included.

  • Debates and discussions in Congress get most of the press and attention, but politics and partisanship make advocacy unappealing, and real progress on behalf of neighbors in need can be difficult to achieve. State capitals and city halls are closer to home and can provide opportunities for big effects on the people and families we serve, without the toxic rhetoric. Vincentians across the country have defeated utility rate hikes, moved bus lines, pushed through payday loan reforms, and won many other victories at the state and local level.

    We will hear from leaders in our local Vincentian efforts share strategies and resources to build and train local networks.

  • Continuation from Part I of Home Visits Workshop

  • Continuation from Part I of the Stores Track

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Workshops Block 3

  • Continuation from Part II of the Home Visits Workshop

  • How to develop and implement your Safeguarding Policy based on your state and local requirements, answering your questions on best practices.

  • This will be a two part workshop. First, we will discuss basic principles related to the merging of Conferences; and second, we will discuss real experiences.

  • Continuation from Part II of the Stores Track.

  • Talk to Vincentians about conference or council best practices including charitable pharmacy, food pantry ordering app, youth service council and scholarship program, backpacks for the homeless, Hispanic food pantry & services, homeless service, Afghan refugee support and meal program, jail ministry, Getting Ahead program, Christmas party for friends in need, SVdP African American Task Force, and Recruiting Members.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki 
Spiritual Leader, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

The Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki was named the 11th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI. A native of Chicago, Archbishop Listecki attended St. Michael the Archangel Grammar School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School and Niles College of Loyola University. He was ordained as a Priest on May 14, 1975, and on November 7, 2000 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago; and was ordained as Bishop on January 8, 2001.

In January 2013, Archbishop Listecki issued his Pastoral Letter, Who Do You Say That I Am, on ecclesiology. That Letter became the foundation for an Archdiocesan Synod held on Pentecost Weekend, June 6-8, 2014. The Synod helped shape the direction for the mission of the archdiocese, including a newly articulated mission statement:

To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his saving death and resurrection by calling, forming and sending disciples to go and make new disciples. As a people, we are called to encounter Jesus and grow as disciples through the sacramental life of the Church.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Social Time & Banquet

(Please select your dinner option below)

Add On (One-Day Registrants or Guests):

  • Banquet


    Additional Cost for Banquet for those Registered as a One-Day only Registration or Guest.

    $35.00 ea.

Schedule - Saturday, June 25

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Registration Open

  • "Called to Communion: Embracing Our Vincentian Vocation as a Sacred Calling" (Recorded Presentation)

Bishop Donald J. Hying, National Episcopal Advisor

The youngest of six sons, Bishop Donald Joseph Hying was born in West Allis, Wisconsin, to parents Albert and Catherine Hying on August 18, 1963. He attended St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, and Brookfield Central High School. Bishop Hying received his bachelor's degree from Marquette University and his master's degree from St. Francis Seminary. On May 20, 1989, Bishop Hying was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. On May 26, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Donald Hying the Titular Bishop of Regiae and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He was consecrated a bishop on July 20, 2011, by Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee. On November 24, 2014, His Holiness, Pope Francis, appointed Bishop Hying as the Fourth Bishop of Gary (Indiana). Bishop Hying's installation in the Diocese of Gary took place on January 6, 2015. On April 25, 2019, His Holiness, Pope Francis, appointed Most Reverend Donald J. Hying the Fifth Bishop of Madison (Wisconsin). Bishop Hying’s installation in the Diocese of Madison took place on June 25, 2019.

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


9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.Workshop Block 5

  • As some of our parishes face closures and others merge, we are tasked with finding ways of embracing both the challenges and opportunities brought about by changing demographics as One Society.

  • A video representation from the 2021 National meeting in Houston. Tim Williams, National Formation Director and Ray Sickinger, Chair of the Leadership Task Force, discuss the Apostolate of the Laity that was described in the writings of Pope St. Paul VI and Pope St. John Paul II. Also explored is Frederic Ozanam who himself became an authentic model of one who lives a life of Christian goodness. Frederic, the principal founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, anticipated many of the ideas that these two Popes described.

  • This workshop is focused on helping Vincentians find their way through the Rule. Certain Articles and Statutes will be highlighted. Discussion and Q&A will be included.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Workshops Block 6

  • We all experience challenges when navigating through life. For those with abilities challenges, those ordinary hurdles become all the more difficult. During this workshop, we will explore ways of making the initial assessment during a home visit. There are many organizations we can collaborate with for the actual service. During this workshop, we have invited Life Navigators of Wisconsin.

  • A role model for what the Church now calls the Apostolate of the Laity, Frédéric Ozanam’s holy life anticipated and influenced many teachings. The echoes of his extensive writings extend especially into Catholic Social Teachings, beginning with Lumen Gentium, and continuing through Vatican II and today’s Catholic Church. In this workshop, we will discuss Frédéric’s teachings, and trace the lines between Ozanam our Catholic Social teachings.

  • North Central Region is piloting the formation of Spanish-speaking conferences which draw Hispanic Latino members from multiple parishes in a town and serve the Spanish speaking poor. You will hear from a newly established conference, and from others who are in the process of formation.

  • (Raffle Basket Drawings)

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Workshops Block 7

  • A good plan is a roadmap to achieve the defined goal(s) and the best way to get there. This workshop will present tools and resources to develop a plan to grow Vincentian presence.

  • This workshop features a variety of uses of the ServWare charitable assistance software from the perspective of a panel of Vincentians. Learn or enhance your knowledge about a system to record and manage assistance to neighbors in need. Vincentians will share their experience and demonstrate the use of ServWare to enter home visit notes and assistance details, to keep track of food pantry documentation and to easily run reports and financial details. Whether you are new to ServWare or are a casual user, this workshop is full of tips and insights from a Vincentian point of view.

  • The tension of the past several years has weighed on us personally as well as those we love and serve. What are some helpful personal responses in times of tension and stress, how might we navigate relationships struggling from recent and current dynamics and is it possible to deal with conflict in a positive manner? This breakout session will begin to talk about these sorts of topics and offer resource suggestions to assist us with our own personal growth, communication in our relationships and productive responses in times of conflict in light of our faith.


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Mass - St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee

No Transportation Available

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Dinner on Your Own

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