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Conference and Council Leadership Training Curriculum

Conference and Council Leadership Training Curriculum 1080 1080 Jill Pioter

From 2019 to 2022, the Leadership Task Force (LTF) developed webinars to help current and potential leaders in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. These webinars are now available as a “Leadership Curriculum” for Conference and Council presidents in both live and recorded form. By following this curriculum in the suggested order, a president can obtain the knowledge and skills to become a more effective Servant Leader.

Videos of the webinars can also be accessed on our National website, along with the PowerPoint presentations with notes, and suggested handouts. Besides recommending to members that they attend the webinars when offered by National, Council Formators can utilize the LTF materials on the web to provide training/formation to their leaders, both novices and veterans. They can facilitate discussion of one of the video webinars or they can use the PowerPoints and the notes to present themselves, perhaps adding a few local touches to the presentation.

In 2023, the LTF will offer the following webinars:

Webinars Intended for Conference Presidents:

  • Jan 25 – Survival Kit for Conference Presidents
  • Feb 15 – Recruitment and Succession
  • Mar 29 – Resolving Conflicts
  • Apr 26 – Servant Leadership
  • May 24 – Seven Duties of a Conference President
  • Jul 26 – Five Goals of a Conference President
  • Aug 23 – Management and Accountability Issues for Conferences
  • Sep 27 – Effective Conference Meetings
  • Oct 25 – Annual Reporting for Conferences

Webinars Intended for Council Presidents:

  • Feb 15 – Recruitment and Succession
  • Mar 29 – Resolving Conflicts
  • Apr 26 – Servant Leadership
  • Jun 28 –  Seven Duties of Council President
  • Jul 26 – Governance 101 for Councils
  • Sep 27 – History of Society in the U.S. (for Council Presidents)
  • Nov 15 – Annual Reporting for Councils

Leadership Training materials are on the National Council website.


Vincentian Reflections for the National Eucharistic Revival

Vincentian Reflections for the National Eucharistic Revival 900 900 Jill Pioter

The three-year National Eucharistic Revival called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops began on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2022. You can learn more about the Eucharist, the Revival, and all events associated with it on the Eucharistic Revival web site.

Members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul are reminded by our Rule that our “journey together towards holiness will be all the more fruitful if the members’ personal lives are characterised by prayer, meditation on the Holy Scriptures, and other inspirational texts and devotion to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary, whose protection we have always sought, and to the teachings of the Church.” (Part I, 2.2)

Our Manual reminds us also of the major role the Eucharist plays in our Vincentian spirituality:
“St. Vincent spent one hour each morning before the Blessed Sacrament before celebrating Mass. Vincent visited the Blessed Sacrament before and after his meals, and he would frequently make short visits to the chapel before leaving and upon returning from his responsibilities.”

On the following pages are four special reflections on the lives and words of our Saints and Blesseds on the mystery of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The reflections can be downloaded HERE.

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