01-11-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

01-11-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

01-11-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1200 1200 SVDP USA

This has always been a somewhat personal column between myself and our members, so I’m using it this week to tell you some personal, and Society, news. I will retire as the National Council CEO at the end of this fiscal year. This is not a sudden decision, but rather one that has been quietly in the works for about two years. I chose a time to end my service that would hopefully be the least challenging for our organization, given the National President election a year ago and the change of our Board a few months ago.

Here are quick answers to the usual questions. Am I sick? Thankfully, No. Am I fighting with the President or the Board? Heck No. Am I leaving for another job? Are you offering one? Seriously, No. Can we change your mind? Thanks, but No.

To be very clear, my decision has nothing to do with my relationships with President John Berry or with any of our Board members, or with our path forward. Actually, I have some regrets leaving during all of this planning excitement! Many months ago, John and other Presidential candidates asked me to stay on for at least their first year if elected. It has been fulfilling to have served as Society staff leadership for 11 years and with nonprofits for more than 40 years. I will be 66 this August, so it’s simply a good time for my family to move on to some rest and to other vocations. My plan is to continue my Vincentian service as a volunteer nationally and locally as our leaders wish me to contribute, and of course, to provide whatever support I can to my successor.

Mary Ellen and I plan to relocate to Phoenix to be nearer to our son, the high school science teacher and football coach. I hear that there’s a SVdP Council in Phoenix…

President John and a search committee are beginning the recruitment process for the next CEO. Look for details in upcoming issues of the e-Gazette. Our plan is to have the new CEO formally installed at a Mass during the National Assembly. We chose this time to make the retirement announcement so that the process will have the time necessary for a thorough national CEO search. I certainly will not “name my successor” and have asked not to be on the search committee; however, I will assist in providing experience-based input to the committee as requested and to any inquiring candidates.

Meanwhile, between now and October I will still be here, doing whatever I can along with my staff to serve you and all our members. There is certainly lots to do, so this is not Goodbye quite yet!  See you soon.

Yours in Christ,
Dave Barringer
National CEO


  • Dave – On behalf of the Society, thank you for your Servant Leadership the last 11 years. Don’t think you’re going to get away by moving to Phoenix., you’re too valuable to us not to keep you involved. Looking forward to working with you over the next 10 months.

  • Dave,
    You are a wonderful Vincentian, someone I have learned so much from these past eleven years. Know that you will be greatly missed in your role as our National CEO, but I am certain there is much you can contribute to help make the Phoenix Diocesan Council an even better organization. Thank you for being a mentor, a friend, and a true servant leader – to me, and to so many. You set a very high bar for whomever follows in your footsteps. Blessings, and Godspeed.

  • Thank you for your service and dedication to the Society Dave. All the best regarding your move.

  • Dave – what a blessing you are to the Society. I have memories of the Invitation for Renewal 10 years ago… & the Vincentian Heritage Tour in Paris in 2016 with you and Mary Ann…. What a trip! Thank you for your wisdom, service, & leadership! We might find someone to take your place at the table, but we’ll never replace you! Sandra Watson, Encinitas, CA.

  • God bless you for allot your tremendous service to our Society. You will certainly be missed, but since I live in Tucson, perhaps we will see you on occasion.

    Susan Bois

  • Dave,

    Thank you for all the work you have done for the SVdP Society. Blessing and good wishes on your retirement.

  • Godspeed Dave, and thank you for your service, compassion, and inspiration!

  • Dave,
    Thank you for your servant leadership, your encouragement, your faithfulness to the Society, and the legacy you are leaving for our next leader in this role. Blessings, Julie

  • Best wishes for all next steps, Dave! Thank you for your service to the Society, its members and our mission.

  • God bless you and give you and Mary Ellen many healthy years to enjoy your retirement in Phoenix.

  • Jose and Teresita Acierto January 11, 2024 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you very much, Dave, for the selfless 11 years of service you provided for the good of the Society, to be more sensitive to those in need. May God always bless you, your whole family and all your future undertakings.

  • Michael Vanderburgh January 11, 2024 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you and God bless you, Dave! You are a generous mentor, a thoughtful leader, and a loving friend. I treasure our work together, and wish for you and Mary Ellen a long and happy retirement filled with every grace and blessing.

  • Thank you so much for your service to this wonderful organization.
    I pray for your good health and continued journey with our Lord.

  • Dave, beloved brother in Christ, I will miss you (but my aim will improve, so watch out!) Just kidding., of course. Seriously, I am grateful to God for you and all of the wonderful successes you have accomplished! It will probably be a challenge to find someone to fill your shoes, but God will provide through His abundant mercy. May you be richly blessed in all of your upcoming endeavors. I have a handshake or a hug ready for you during our National Gathering.!

  • Dave,

    Thank you for your dedicated service to SVDP over the past several years. Thank you also for being a good friend to me personally and helping me to grow. You truly will be missed by many.

    If you get bored in your retirement in Phoenix, I am sure that DSC can always use a good Vincentian to help with Disaster Response.

    Love Ya,

    Dick Reimbold

  • Dave,
    I am sure many will miss you. I personally have learned a lot from reading your Letters. I also have been with SVDP for 11 years after retiring from my paid work.
    Being a Vencentian has made me a better person.
    God speed in your new endeavors. Moving to be near your son is a wise choice for you and your wife.
    Thank you so much for your service.
    Kathy Roos

  • Dear Dave

    You have been gift to the Society! Always supporting our programs and services with such grace! Hiring incredible employees to support our mission!
    Working side by side with our leadership! Willingness to grow in your own spirituality as our journeyed the pathway of the Society! Expanding our vision of who we were becoming…right into our new wonderful national office! May God continue to walk with you blessing your life with His continued grace and mercy as you begin your next Chapter of LIFE!! Again, THANK YOU for all you have done to support the mission of our Society!
    Blessings always,

  • Dave, Mere thanks don’t seem enough for all you have contributed over the years. The Phoenix conference is blessed at you landing here.

  • I will miss your enlightening messages. Though I, too, am retired, I looked forward to your letters.

  • Dave,

    It was a pleasure to get to know you at the National Meetings ( Most certainly at the Suite at the Orioles game!) as well as IFR #38. I remember asking you at the IFR about your retirement plans. Although you did not say anything I had a feeling it would not be long! Wishing you and your entire family the best!

    Brian Cloutier
    North Macomb District President
    Detroit Council

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