South Central Regional Meeting

"2022 Vincentian Vision - Spirituality & Beyond"

June 8 - 11, 2022

Best Western Saddleback Inn

Oklahoma City, OK

(800) 228-3903 or (405) 947-7000


The Best Western Saddleback Inn is located about 5 miles from the Will Rogers World Airport (OKC).  Combining small-town hospitality with big-city attractions, Oklahoma City has a lot to offer.  Special room rate for South Central Regional Meeting is $89.99 per night (King), and $94.99 per night (Double), plus tax, cut-off date is May 22nd.  To make your reservation, please call (405) 947-7000 or (800) 228-3903 (mention St. Vincent de Paul meeting).  Transportation to/from the Airport is available thru the complimentary hotel shuttle 7:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION

  • (Includes all group meal functions)

AGENDA


Tuesday, June 7

  • (Formators & Trainers)


Wednesday, June 8

  • This two-day training session will focus on developing Presenters for the Ozanam Orientation. This session will also prepare Vincentians who wish to become Formators to begin that process. Participants will receive training materials in advance and will be contacted by the faculty so they are fully prepared. The overall logistics required to provide the orientation will be included and each portion of the Ozanam Orientation will be reviewed with suggestions for presentation techniques and approaches. Participants will all present at least one section of the orientation and receive feedback and suggestions. Whether the participant will be a Presenter or wishes to progress to the Formator role, next steps will be mapped out.

  • (Formators & Spiritual Advisors)


Thursday, June 9

  • What does it take to be a Spiritual Advisor? What is Vincentian Formation? What are the Roles & Responsibilities of the Spiritual Advisor? What is Vincentian Discernment and Consensus? Learn all of this and more during this all-day presentation on Spiritual Advisors Training.


Friday, June 10

  • Archbishop Paul Coakley Presiding

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley was born to John and Mary Coakley in Norfolk, VA in 1955.  His family later moved to Overland Park, KS.  After graduating from the University of Kansas where he completed his undergraduate studies in English and Classical Antiquities, he traveled to Europe and briefly considered a monastic vocation at the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault in France, before returning to the states and completing his seminary studies.  He was ordained as priest in 1983, after serving the Diocese of Wichita for twenty one years, he was appointed Bishop of Salina in 2004. On December 16, 2010 Bishop Coakley was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, and was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop on February 11, 2011.

Archbishop Coakley has selected “Duc in Altum” as his episcopal motto (Put out into the Deep). Found in St. Luke’s gospel when Jesus, after teaching the crowds from Simon’s boat, invites the apostles to “put out into the deep” and lower their nets for a catch. (Luke 5:4). Obedient to Jesus’ command, Simon Peter and his companions cast their nets as directed, and “caught such a great number of fish their nets were at the breaking point.”  Jesus calls the Church today, as always, to “put out into the deep,” as a witness to hope, to hear, and to respond joyfully to his word with faith and confidence. It is a call to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the New Evangelization.


  • Opening Prayer, Introduction & Keynote Address: "One Society" - Jim Dodd, National Council Treasurer

Jim Dodd has been a Vincentian for over a decade and has served the Society in a number of leadership roles. Jim’s involvement with St. Vincent de Paul includes volunteering weekly in the Becky and Ted Catino Choice Food Pantry at the Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center in Cincinnati. In addition, he serves on a development committee and the Advisory Board for the Cincinnati District Council. He is an active member of the Christ the King Conference, and is past president of the Archdiocesan Central Council of Cincinnati. As a past member of the National Council, Jim served on several national committees.

Jim attended the Society’s leadership program, Invitation for Renewal, in December 2017; and is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council of the United States, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and currently serves as the National Treasurer. He was recently appointed to the National Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and is a retired senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank. Jim has extensive nonprofit experience, having served on the Boards of the University of Tulsa, Tulsa Opera, Philbrook Museum of Art, and Holland Hall School. Additional Board service, while in Evansville, Indiana for 11 years, included the Evansville Museum and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Jim is married to Elizabeth and has three sons and six grandchildren.

 


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Workshops


  • Governance 101 (Rule, Manual, By Laws, Aggregation); Running Effective Meetings; Succession Planning

  • This workshop is an opportunity for Conference and Council Presidents and Spiritual Advisors to discover new ways to guide your members along the path to deeper holiness. We will also share specific tools to engage Vincentians more deeply in their spiritual development.

  • Writing Future Stories with Those We Serve; Getting Ahead; Neighborhoods of Hope - Join us for information on the Systemic Change program Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World and hear a panel consisting of a program facilitator, participant/graduate and conference long-term assistance recipient explain how this additional support was so beneficial.

  • "All conferences, councils and individual members are responsible for Growth and Revitalization. This workshop will give a step by step process for starting a new conference including initial contact, Invitation to Serve, initial meeting and mentoring the conference through the startup phase, and how to add a Youth Conference."

  • "How to Grow Future Leadership and Building Discernment & Consensus"


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


  • If you are a new Conference President, considering being a new Conference President, or want to hone your skills for this important role in your Conference, please join us for this workshop. We will go over three segments: Formation and Its Importance, Duties of a Conference President and Governance. Learn about Governance 101 (Rule, Manual, By Laws, Aggregation); Running Effective Meetings; Succession Planning

  • Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is central to our faith. It grounds our work as Vincentians. It is a body of Church doctrine, based on our Holy Scriptures, the life of Jesus, teachings of the Popes and Bishops, that helps us to engage in the world, with special attention to the most poor and vulnerable among us. CST is part of the “social mission” of the parish, helping us to build a better world. Come learn about CST and the “Two Feet of Love in Action.”

  • In this session, you will be introduced to some of the basic fundraising principles and learn from SVdP fundraising professionals as they describe their successful fundraising events and how they started small and have steadily grown their income.

  • "All conferences, councils and individual members are responsible for Growth and Revitalization. This workshop will give a step by step process for starting a new conference including initial contact, Invitation to Serve, initial meeting and mentoring the conference through the startup phase, and how to add a Youth Conference."


3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.Workshops


  • This workshop is an opportunity for Conference and Council Presidents and Spiritual Advisors to discover new ways to guide your members along the path to deeper holiness. We will also share specific tools to engage Vincentians more deeply in their spiritual development.

  • Explore the various sections of the website, learn how to search and other related functions.

  • Gratitude and Ingratitude in Vincentian Life; It Was Not You Who Chose Me, But I Who Chose You - Come explore how our Vincentian spirituality and heritage can help you foster a deeper sense of gratitude in your service even when you seem to be met with ingratitude.

  • Many of us were raised within our own culture and thus have not had the opportunity to know and understand other cultures. This may lead us to do things that we do not realize hurt other people of a different cultural background. This workshop will focus on how we can become more sensitive to other cultures and embrace sensitivity to these differences.

Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda is a Christian writer and journalist. She was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and grew up in Puerto Rico. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. A freelance writer since 1981, she is the author of several books, including ‘The Shepherd who didn’t run: Father Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma’ and has been published regularly in numerous national and regional periodicals and newspapers, including The New York Times, Catholic Digest, U.S. Catholic, Our Sunday Visitor, The Oklahoman, 'Columbia," 'St. Anthony Messenger and The Lutheran. She and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They have four adult children. She blogs at Day by Day with María.

Schedule, Saturday, June 11

  • Recruiting and Retaining Members; Welcoming New Members; Formation at the Center; The Conference Life Cycle

  • The Spirituality of the Home Visit; Introduction to Serving in Hope VII

  • To include: Formation, Financials, Committee Assignment, and Growth & Revitalization

  • Hotel Options & Local Walkable Restaurants Available

  • Opportunity for Open Space Discussion (Sharing Best Practices) or explore Oklahoma City (On Your Own)


Special Dance Presentation by the Matachines Dancers

Los Matachines is both a dance and a symbolic reenactment of various aspects of both the medieval Hispanic culture and the indigenous tribes. The costumes worn by many of the dancers borrows elements of Moorish influence. Recall that the Moors dominated the Iberian peninsula until the end of the fifteenth century. This influence is most prominently seen in the tall, ornate headdresses worn with silk scarfs which cover the mouth and lower face and elaborately fringed scarves worn on the top of the head which cover the eyes. Many costumes have rattles, leggings, and sometimes loincloths borrowed from the Tewa. They dance with religious symbolism which reflects elements of both the Christian and indigenous religious beliefs. The dances are now done to mark Holy Days and festivities.


Workshop Speaker/Presenter Bios

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