2023 SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL MEETING
May 3 - 6, 2023
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"2023 Blessed are the Peace Makers"
The San Antonio Marriott Northwest is located about 15 minutes from San Antonio Airport (SAT), courtesy shuttle service is available. The San Antonio Marriott is also near the San Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio River Walk, with its many restaurants, shops, museums and beautiful walking paths. Visit the Alamo, the historical shrine-like fortress and a monument to Texas history, all just a 15 minute drive from the hotel! Special room rate for South Central Regional Meeting is $129 per night, plus tax, cut-off date is April 21, 2023. To make your reservation, go to: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1665498776201&key=GRP or call (210) 377-3900 (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.
2023 South Central Regional Meeting - 2023 South Central Regional Meeting - Printable Agenda.pdf
Please choose each day below that you will be attending. Cost is $60 per person, per day and includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. DOES NOT include workshop or meeting attendance.
Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Registration & Information Tables Open
7:00 AM - 7:15 AM Spiritual Reflection with Seminarian, Rafael Bacerra
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration & Information Tables Open
James Davis & Ray DupontRay Dupont (Regional Vice President) and James Davis (Regional Spiritual Advisor) will lead a day that will be a refresher for established Formators and Presenters, training for brand new presenters, and advancement of current Presenters who wish to become Formators. Participants will receive the 2020 Ozanam Presentation materials, updated formator/presenter guide, and a plan for coaching. The first part of the day will include introductions, orientation to tools and technology, and presentation tips for each section of the Ozanam Orientation.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Hospitality Break
After lunch, we will continue to review presentation tips and preparations for Presenters to begin presenting with their District and/or Council Teams.
The last part of the day will include a focus on the Formator role and responsibilities, managing the team, coaching techniques, and practice.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Hospitality Break
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM Spiritual Reflection with Seminarian, Rafael Bacerra
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? James Davis leads this day of day of formation and training for Spiritual Advisors. This program is designed to prepare Spiritual Advisors for their role in the conference, and is open to any members not only to current Spiritual Advisors, but to anybody who is considering the role. Conference Presidents are also encouraged to attend, in order to help them fulfill their “special responsibility for promoting Vincentian spirituality.” (Rule, 3.11)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Hospitality Break
We will review and discuss the Spiritual Advisor roles and responsibilities in supporting the journey to holiness!
Participants will become familiar with the resources and tools available to promote spirituality and create a reflective environment.
We will close the day working with the Vincentian Discernment process to create a culture of consensus in the conference.
Opening Prayer, Introduction & Keynote Address: "Home Visits: The Heart of Our Vocation" - James Davis & Tim Williams At its heart, what is a home visit? What are we called to do and to be as Vincentian home visitors? How can I be better? How can I know best how to help the neighbor? What makes a home visit “successful?” How does this extend to our other person-to-person services, such as food pantries and special works? During this two-part presentation, we’ll take a look at the traditions and heritage that unite all members of the Vincentian family, and discuss how we can incorporate and build on these traditions in our person-to-person service today.
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Hospitality Break
For those preparing to reignite home visits. The signs to look for when there is domestic violence and resources available.
This workshop shares the history, growth and expansion of the charitable pharmacy started by the Diocesan Council of Dallas in 2018 and is no serving uninsured neighbors throughout the state of Texas. Come learn how your conference and district can take advantage of this service for your neighbors and how you can help connect us to medical providers, foundations and donors in your area as we grow statewide service.
This is a participatory workshop designed to explore tools and techniques for both recruiting new Members as well as encouraging greater participation from current Vincentians. We will identify obstacles to recruitment and participation and explore existing tools and techniques available to Conferences. We will also identify what additional resources are needed.
Moderated by Ray Dupont
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Hospitality Break
Encouraging and inviting youth participation in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Panel Discussion lead by: Ralph Middlecamp, Mike Pazzaglini, Ray Dupont
Guest Speakers Mr. Martin O'Connor, CEO St. Vinny's Bistro and Mr. Lorris Gibson, Executive Chef
San Antonio Marriott has on-site dining at the Asado Urban Grill, American Cuisine, available 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri., and 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Nearby Dining Available: Sumo Japanese Steakhouse & Whataburger (1.9 miles), Jason's Deli & Dave & Buster's (2 miles), California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle Mexican Grill (3 - 3.9 miles), Pappasito's Cantino, Saltgrass Steakhouse & La Fogata Mexican Cuisine (4 - 4.5 miles)
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration & Information Tables Open
National Update - Ralph Middlecamp, National President
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Hospitality Break
Sr. Norma will discuss first-hand accounts of immigrants' reasons for migrating to the U.S. and discuss the immigration laws that are in place now.
Come and learn how we started our council’s Systemic Change Program and what we have learned over the past 2 years and how we plan to move forward.
In a beautiful expression of the Society’s solidarity, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam once described the Conferences as “connected by unbroken spokes”. In this workshop, we will examine and discuss Vincentian friendship and solidarity in all its dimensions and practices, including solidarity contributions, financial and spiritual twinning, and more.
Visit the Historic Market Square in Downtown San Antonio. Here is the website link: https://www.marketsquaresa.com. Free transportation will be provided for the first 45 attendees to register.
Visit Historic Market Square Downtown San Antonio. Enjoy the sights and flavors of old Mexico at Historic Market Square, a favorite of locals and tourists for generations. Explore over 100 locally owned businesses that provide a unique market place experience. Free transportation will be available to the first 45 attendees registered.
Additional Nearby Attractions:
Visit the Historic Riverwalk. The downtown loop of the famed San Antonio Riverwalk, or Paseo del Rio, is a 2 1/2 mile stretch of beautifully landscaped waterfront featuring San Antonio's most spectacular restaurants, shops and business. Take a riverboard cruise along the riverfront or enjoy a nice carriage ride.
Don't miss a visit to the Alamo. 18th century Franciscan mission, site of the historic resistance effort for Texas independence from Mexico. The building was originally built as a chapel for the Mission San Antonio de Valero 1716 - 1718, but was abandoned later. It was occupied at different times by Spanish Troops, a detachment of Texan volunteers during the Texas Revolution, and was taken over by a Mexican army in 1836. After 1845 the U.S. Army began storing supplies there. In 1903 Texas purchased the Alamo and in 1903 acquired the title to the old mission grounds, and restored it to the historic site you see today. Don't miss seeing this amazing piece of history! Daily tours available 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m., cost is $40 per person.
Presentation by Sr. Norma Pimentel, "Plight of the Immigrants"
Workshop Speaker/Presenter Bios
To view Workshop Presenter Bios, click: 2023 SCRegionalSpeakerBios.pdf
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Cancellations: Cancellations available up till May 1. No refunds after May 2, 2023
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