2023 North Central Regional Meeting

"Love Who We Are. Love What We Do."

June 14 - 17, 2023 

St. Mary of the Lake University

1000 E. Maple Avenue

Mundelein, IL 60060


Overnight accommodations are SOLD OUT at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center.  If you are still in need of accommodations, the closest hotel is the Sonesta Simply Suites in Libertyville, just north of St. Mary's on Route 45.  The University of St. Mary of the Lake is located at 1000 E. Maple Avenue in the town of Mundelein, IL, approximately 4 miles west of Interstate 94. For those flying, the closest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (29 miles, approx. 40 minutes; or Milwaukee Mitchell Airport (53 miles, approx. 1 hour). Uber, Lyft or ride sharing companies are available from either airports.  (Avoid using Chicago City Taxis)  Check-in time for guest rooms is 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Due to the overwhelming response to our meetings registration, the University St. Mary at the Lake is Sold Out for both Thursday & Friday. We still have limited space available for Saturday's presentations & workshops.

Overnight guest rooms will be booked thru this website, please indicate your room preference below.  If you will be sharing, please indicate that persons name in the field below. Only one of the guests needs to complete this section.

For Attendees staying overnight at St. Mary's of the Lake, please provide the following information:


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

Printable Agenda Click Here:  2023 North Central Regional Meeting - 2023 North Central Regional Meeting - Printable Agenda.pdf

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

3:30PM - 5:00PMRegistration Table Open

Pick Up Materials

Thursday, June 15, 2023

9:00AM - 5:00PMRegistration Table Open

Pick Up Materials

  • Designed for Conference & Council Presidents & Executive Directors. Standards of Excellence lessons learned and Safeguarding lessons learned.

2:30PM - 3:00PMBreak

  • Welcome & Campus Orientation (layout of the grounds including the Grotto, Stations of the Cross, Lakefront, Nature Trail and USML reminders.)

  • Sr. Rosalie Rendu and her influence on Frederic Ozanam and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. - Sister Kara Davis

    Sr. Rosalie Rendu provided guidance to those eager to serve the poor in the 19th century in Paris, and she offers her same advice to us today. She stated, “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 can bring them.” During this time of reflection, participants will ponder the call to love and how that love becomes the foundation of the Vincentian spirit of service.

Host City Events

Host City Night offers several options for you to choose from. There will also be a live performance by the Improv Players Theatre starting at 8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #202. Everyone is invited, but please check below so we have a plenty of seating for everyone wishing to attend.

  • Teams of two players will be matched-up and there will be multiple games played in this elimination tournament. First and Second place prizes will be awarded along with bragging rights!

  • Explore the campus including Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Stations of the Cross & Francis Cardinal George, OMI Memorial Garden. Visit the M. Freehan Memorial Library, the Meeting Hall Chapel, and the Meditation Area by the lake.

  • Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximillian Kolbe, a sacred space for the faithful and one of the most beautiful pilgrimage sites in the nation. Visit the chapel and the bookstore/gift shop offering a wide variety of Catholic books, movies, and religious gifts. Website: https://kolbeshrine.org

  • Join us for a fun-filled night of laughs with the Improv Playhouse, a talented group of comedians/performers who hone their skills in improvisation, musical theatre, television, and film locally and internationally. The players will bring their unique style of entertainment to us on-site in a performance that will be one to remember. Get ready for a good belly laugh! You will not want to miss this! There is no charge, this performance is hosted by the Chicago Council.

Friday, June 16, 2023

7:30AM - 4:00PM                         Registration Table Open - Pick Up Materials

  • "Society of St. Vincent de Paul: What Must Be Done"

    Based on information shared with Society leaders at the National Council’s Midyear meeting, plus live updates, National CEO Dave Barringer will present some of the Society’s priority actions for Councils, Conferences, and members. Bring your questions, too!

Dave Barringer 
CEO, National Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Dave Barringer is the CEO of the National Council of the US Society of St. Vincent de Paul, providing staff leadership to the national office staff and the Board of Directors in support of more than 100,000 members across the U.S. Dave implements policies and governance directives of the National Board of Directors, President and National Council. Dave is also CEO of the SVdP National Foundation where he recruits and trains board members to raise major gifts in support of Society programs, and the executive producer of a national television series that highlights the experiences of Vincentians serving the poor. Prior to joining the Society, Dave served as Sr. Vice President at Goodwill Industries International. He holds a BA degree in Journalism & PR and a Masters degree in General Administration. Dave and his wife Mary Ellen live in St. Louis, and have a son, Thomas, a Vincentian and middle/high school science teacher and football coach in the Phoenix area.

9:30AM - 10:00AMBreak

10:00AM - 11:00AMWorkshops Block 1

11:00AM - 11:15AMBreak

11:15AM - 12:15PMWorkshops Block 2

1:30PM - 2:30PMWorkshops Block 3

2:30PM - 2:45PMBreak

  • Talk to Vincentians about conference or council best practices including:

  • Vinny's Lockers: Madison District (Julie Bennett)
    Vinny's Lockers provides long-term storage for goods belonging to people coping with homelessness. Learn how this entirely volunteer-run program serves neighbors in need.

  • Home Visit Supply Bag: St. Joseph Conference, Sturgeon Bay (Christine McCarthy)
    Learn about "Home Visit Bags" that will set the tone for a welcoming and productive Home Visit. Bags are filled with supplies donated by parishioners and include toiletries for each house member and most importantly, a box of crayons and coloring book for each child and a small toy. This keeps the kids busy, they feel special, and the parents are less distracted while talking with us. A win/win for everyone!

  • NCR/National Thrift Store Committee  (Jeff Beamguard, Brooke Trick & Kathy Kuske)
    Learn more about the Committee's purpose, the National Store and meet your   regional representatives.

  • Coloring Our Community with H.O.P.E.: Rockford Council (Susan Wiland)
    The Rockford Council has partnered with several community organizations to provide a future of:
    Healing Opportunity Possibility Empowerment

  • Goal #1 - Growing Our Network of Friends: West DuPage Council (Cheryl Ann Vescio)
    The West DuPage Council poster will share best practices in recruiting new members and helping to grow new conferences.

  • Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World:  Building Your Resources for a Better Life: Chicago Council (Mike Lamb)
    In “Getting Ahead”, participants investigate their lives, their community, and resources in order to build an individual plan to move forward in their lives.

  • Formation Chicago Style: Chicago Council (Mike Syslo)
    The Chicago Council will highlight how they faced the challenge of training during the pandemic including: Ozanam Orientations, Conference President Training, Understanding Poverty, Invitation to Serve, Our Days of Reflection, bilingual Stations of the Cross, and the showing of “Monsieur Vincent.”  Most have been webinars with a few in-person meetings.

  • Hispanic Latino Task Force: Chicago Council (Guadalupe Sandoval, Deacon Jesse Blanco & Luis Cantu) 
    What we do: We focus on bring SVDP Spirituality to others through Reflection, Training, Music, Informing, and Recruitment.

  • ServWare: Chicago Council (Teresa Stack & Nicole Dionesotes)
    ServWare is a web-based program that is designed to simplify your recordkeeping. You can track assistance requests, friend in need information, utility information, assistance given over the years, family members, and so much more.

  • Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
    Building A

Saturday, June 17, 2023

7:30AM - 2:30PM                         Registration Table Open - Pick Up Materials

  • Host: Pam Matambanadzo, Panelists: Jeanne Harper, Brandon Cacek, and Tim Williams

    Going beyond the immediate needs and seeking dignity of self-reliance for our neighbors in need. “Charity is incomplete unless it is lived out through justice”. Join us as we explore how we can seek justice as is guided by the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching.

9:30AM - 9:45AMBreak

9:45AM - 10:45AMWorkshop Block 5

10:45AM - 11:00AMBreak

11:00AM - 12:00PMWorkshops Block 6

  • (Raffle Basket Drawings)

1:15PM - 1:30PMBreak

1:30PM - 2:30PMWorkshops Block 7

2:30PMMeeting Ends

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Workshop Speaker/Presenter Bios

To View Workshop Presenter Bios,
click here: 2023 NCRegionalSpeakerBios.pdf


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