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Contemplation: The Bashful Poor 800 800 SVDP USA

Contemplation: The Bashful Poor

By Timothy Williams, Senior Director of Formation and Leadership Development  Effective Conferences, our manual explains, are “reachable.” [Manual, 26] While most Conferences make every effort to ensure that their phone number, along with perhaps a website and email address, are well-publicized and shared with other community organizations for referrals, our Rule calls us to do…

07-18-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1200 1200 SVDP USA

07-18-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

Recently, at the Midwest Regional Meeting, I had the great pleasure of meeting and listening to The Most Reverend William Joensen, Ph.D, the Bishop of Des Moines, Iowa. In his after-dinner remarks, Bishop Joensen spoke about Frédéric Ozanam and the idea of “charitable disruption.” It was a fascinating talk (as you would expect from a…

Contemplation: The Way to Peace 800 800 SVDP USA

Contemplation: The Way to Peace

By Timothy Williams, Senior Director of Formation and Leadership Development  Our little human minds and hearts can sometimes become so bound up in worry and anxiety that we find it difficult to act, difficult even to know what actions to take. We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and then wonder, with even…

Wayne Bugg shares his story as a Vincentian -Video- 1080 1080 SVDP USA

Wayne Bugg shares his story as a Vincentian -Video-

Wayne Bugg shares his story as a Vincentian Hear what Wayne Bugg has to say about his experience with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul from a young age, and how his encounters with Vincentians over the years guided his path in life to become the Vincentian that he is today and serve as…

Vincentian Embarks Upon Eucharistic Pilgrimage 540 552 SVDP USA

Vincentian Embarks Upon Eucharistic Pilgrimage

Voice for the Poor Chair Bobby Kinkela recently participated in one of four Eucharistic Pilgrimages making their way across the United States as part of the National Eucharistic Congress. He shared his story with us, and urges his fellow Vincentians to participate in the Pilgrimage as it winds across the country: At Midyear this year,…

07-11-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1200 1200 SVDP USA

07-11-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

At a recent leadership development retreat for our national Youth, Young Adult and Emerging Leaders group, I provided a session on leadership lessons I have learned (some painfully!) over 11 years as the Society’s National CEO and more than 40 years leading mostly nonprofits. It became apparent in our conversation that these lessons don’t benefit…

Contemplation: True Presence 800 800 SVDP USA

Contemplation: True Presence

By Timothy Williams, Senior Director of Formation and Leadership Development  Vincentians are doers, we are people of action. We love God, as St. Vincent said, “with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brows.” [CCD XI:32] We believe, as Frédéric did, that “religion serves best not to think, but to act.” As…

The Home Visit: An Encounter with our Neighbor -Video- 1080 1080 SVDP USA

The Home Visit: An Encounter with our Neighbor -Video-

The Home Visit: An Encounter with our Neighbor Hear what three Vincentians – Kat, Ray, and Tim – have to say about their experiences during a Home Visit with a neighbor, and how that has shaped their time with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Kat Brisette, SVDP Rhode Island: Home visits are one…

John Berry: How Can We Help Families on the Brink of Homelessness? 1080 1080 SVDP USA

John Berry: How Can We Help Families on the Brink of Homelessness?

“Many…people at risk of homelessness today would have been, in simpler times, ‘the working poor,'” writes SVdP National President John Berry. “But as families and communities have broken down, the burden of providing has shifted onto frailer, lonelier shoulders. And as inflation continues to wreak havoc on families’ budgets, more and more single-parent families stand…

Why Am I a Vincentian? -Video- 1080 1080 SVDP USA

Why Am I a Vincentian? -Video-

Why Am I a Vincentian? Hear what three Vincentians – Mike, Pamela, and Marge – have to say about why they joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Marge McGinlly, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Mt. Holly, New Jersey: It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun, yes.   Mike Flynn, Society of…

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