Overnight accommodations are available at the Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station, $229 (plus tax) per person, per night. To make reservations, go to: Courtyard Marriott Liberty Station. Self-parking is available at a rate of $19 per night. The Courtyard Marriott San Diego Airport hotel is located approx. 5 miles from the San Diego International Airport (SAN), free hotel shuttle service is available. The hotel is adjacent to a serene 46-acre park, with outstanding waterfront views of San Diego’s famous skyline. Explore our many hotel amenities: outdoor heated pool, cozy fire pit, bike trails, jogging paths, paddleboard, and kayak rentals. Enjoy a tasty breakfast and Starbucks coffee at our waterside BISTRO and after a day of sightseeing, dine with us at our Lounge Bar-Restaurant.
All meeting times will be in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
(After April 25th, Registration Fee will be $200)
2023 Western Regional Meeting - Printable Agenda.pdf
Please select each event that you will be attending
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Registration Open
Registration is open. Coffee and Tea will be served.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Keynote Presentation
A message from the National Council President, Ralph Middlecamp
3:50 PM - 4:00 PM Hospitality Break
Break - Time to make new acquaintances and connect with old friends.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM General Session: "The Greatness of God"
"The Greatness of God" A message from Fr. Jeffrey Harvey, CM, a Vincentian priest from St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, California."Renewed, Restored, Reborn!'
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner/Social
A casual buffet social / dinner on the Waterside Terrace where prospective Western Region Vice Presidential candidates will introduce themselves to the attendees. Finally we can again intermingle and enjoy each other’s company. A Cash Bar will be available.
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
Breakfast on Your Own - Various Options available:• Courtyard Marriott Waterside Bistro• Courtyard Marriott Coffee Shop (Starbucks)• Local Restaurants (See Below)• For early risers, visit Liberty Station (15 min. walk) to enjoy breakfast there.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Rosary
Rosary - Salon A & B
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM Western Region Business Meeting
Western Region Business Meeting which will include:• WR “Standards of Excellence” and “Mentoring”; presented by John Hallissy, VP of the Western Region.• The Election of the new Western Region Vice President who would take office on October 1, 2023. • Commissioning Ceremony for new Formators.
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mini Retreat: "Mary in the Scriptures"
Mini Retreat “Mary in the Scriptures, a model for all Christians and a guide for The Society” Presented by Sr. Paule Freeburg The life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is revealed throughout the New Testament: Matthew, Luke, John and Acts. Following her through the Gospels and Acts brings a new awareness of Mary and her unique relationship with Jesus throughout his life. Because we are followers of Jesus, we will see Mary as a unique guide for us in our desire to follow her Son, especially as we are called to serve our neighbor in her son’s name.Come join us in recognizing Mary as a model for all of us in our service to others.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
Lunch on your own or in a group to mingle and enjoy. A chance to be together again. Local Restaurant Options Listed Below
Order a box lunch (includes sandwich, chips, cookie and soda)
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Mini Retreat: "Mary in the Scriptures"
Mini Retreat “Mary in the Scriptures, a model for all Christians and a guide for The Society” continued
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Mini Retreat: "Mary in the Scriptures" continued
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Break Time
Break Time to make preparations for Mass
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Vigil Mass
The Mass of the Ascension of the Lord; Celebrant Fr. Jeffery Harvey, CM
6:00 PM till Late: Reception & Dinner
Hosted by the San Diego Diocesan CouncilBBQ Menu - Cash Bar will be Available
Pick Your Passion, Enjoy San Diego
There are plenty of passions to pursue in San Diego. We invite you to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new activities while you're here. You might just find that discovering a new pursuit is an adventure in itself.
Activities at or near Liberty Station:
7 things to do: https://www.sandiego.org/campaigns/sunny-7/liberty-station-a-happening-hub.aspx
About San Diego: https://www.sandiego.org
Ralph Middlecamp National Council PresidentIn 2017 Ralph Middlecamp was elected as National Council President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Ralph serves on the Society’s Council General International Board of Directors as Vice President for Solidarity and Special Projects. He is the chair of the Council General International Statutes Commission, as well as serving on the International Commission on Historical Investigation.
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. He is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Ralph 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.
Ralph is married to Dr. Cathy Hurt Middlecamp, emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. They reside in Fitchburg, WI. Their son, John Middlecamp, died of leukemia in 1997.
Rev. Jeffrey Harvey, C.M., has been a member of the Vincentian community for the past 34 years. He was ordained a priest on November 27, 1993, the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. He received his bachelor's degree in English Literature from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a master's degree in divinity with a concentration in preaching from Saint Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado in 1993. He has since pursued studies in preaching at Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis (2007-2011), and completed a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching.
He was the Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Montebello, CA. (1993-1995), and at Saint Alphonsus Church in Fresno, CA (1993-1996). He was the Vocation Director from 1998 – 2000. He served as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Patterson, CA. (2000 – 2003), and then at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Phoenix, AZ. (2003 – 2009). Fr. Jeff has taught at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA (2011 – 2014); Holy Name of Mary Seminary in Honiara, Solomon Islands (2015 – 2017); Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, TX. 2017-2019. He is presently teaching at Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA.
Title of Presentation on: “The Greatness of God!” Fr. Harvey will be speaking at our Annual Western Region Meeting on Friday May 19th and presiding at Saturday’s Vigil Mass on May 20th.
Sister Paule Freeburg has an extensive background in religious education for both children and adults. Though not raised Catholic, she became one during her undergraduate years. A few years later, she took her faith one step further by becoming a nun, joining the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. She was inspired while watching a community of sisters in Santa Barbara work with developmentally disabled children. "I saw in them a profound respect for the dignity of human beings," she said. She took her vows in 1971 and then went to Gonzaga University to earn a master’s in theology. Sister Paule Freeburg, is a member of the Daughters of Charity and the Western Region Spiritual Advisor to St. Vincent de Paul. Sister Paule has written song and prayer texts for many well-known collections of children’s music. She also presents workshops on children and spirituality.
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