Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Diocese of San Bernardino, CA
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The vocation of the Society's members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love.  Members show their commitment through persons-to-person contact.  Vincentians serve in hope.

The emphasis in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on formation and education stems from the grassroots membership of the Society's response to God's call of grace and articulates the desire of Vincentians throughout the United States to engage in a process of formation, eduation and training in order to advance in holiness of life with the hope to better serve those who are in need.

A major responsibiity of the Society's members involves lifelong growth in many areas.  This includes knowledge of the charisms of our Vincentian spirituality and  its integration into a member's life and ministry. 
To be an effective member of the Society, more than a kind and loving heart is needed to serve those in need.


The Following Workshops Coming Soon!

Dates to be announced

                                     Workshop #1                               
New Conference President Orientation

You were just elected President of your Conference---
For some the question comes up,
"What do I do now?!"
This orientation is geared toward answering that question. 
Find out what is your expected
responsibilities and learn some nuts and bolts to help you get started.

Facilitator led, with Q & A

                         Workshop #2                  
Secretary & Treasurer

 Of special interest to Vincentians who hold the offices of Secretary and Treasurer
in the Conference.
A walk through reporting forms, with explanation of terminology
and references to approved procedures found in Vincentian manuals
Facilitator led, with Q & A

                           Workshop #3                            


Conference Accountability 

Workshop will provide an opportunity to understand the how's and why's to your Conference Reporting and will explain the importance of maintaining good accountability for tax exempt status:

What is a 501(c)(3)
In Kind Values
Accurate Service Reporting
Bank Reconciliations & Audits
Fundraising & Grants

        Facilitator led, with Q & A

                            Workshop #4                         

Spiritual Advisors Orientation 

The primary purpose of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
is to increase the holiness of its members,
and so from it's foundation the Society has affirmed the importance of the role
of Spiritual Advisor as being essential to its life and mission.  
Spiritual Advisors must be active and trained. 

After completion of this training the Spiritual Advisor
will be registered with the National Council of the United States

                             Workshop #5                             


Required formation for all Vincentians

The purpose of Ozanam Orientation is twofold.  First, it is to introduce to new members "who we are and what we are all about."  Second, it is to re-aquaint existing members with our "spirituality and heritage."

Target audience for this Ozanam Orientation includes:
Existing Members,
New Members,
Prospective Members
and Interested Parties
You do not have to be Catholic to attend

        Facilitator led with discussion

                                Workshop #6                           

The Heart of the Society 

Presentation includes:
Why we make Home Visits
Basics of Home Visits
Home visit mechanics
Review & Critique a Home Visit
Praying before, during & after

"The knowledge of social well-being and
of reform is to be learned, not from books, but in climbing the stairs
to the poor man's house, sitting by his bedside, feeling the same cold that pierces him, sharing the secret of his lonely heart and troubled mind."   
 (Founder Blessed Frederic Ozanam)

Facilitator led, with Q & A

                               Workshop #7                             
Of A Successful Conference

A) Your Conference Meeting
             B) Your Conference, the Church, the Community
         C) Your Conference & the Council

                                            Facilitator led, with Q & A?s

                VIDEO GUIDED    W

Series 1-5


This is a video-assisted resource for the spiritual formation of the members
of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The goal of the series is to root all members of the Society in the spirituality
and heritage of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam and
 patron, St. Vincent de Paul


Serving In Hope can be used as a Session at a time during a Conference meeting, or combined together for a full day workshop per series      

Video Series check-out is available from Council

        Facilitator led, with Q & A