Rockford Diocesan SVdP to Host Fall Regional Meeting
May 4, 2017

ST. CHARLES—The 2017 North Central Region Meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be June 22–24, here.

The theme is “Hearts and Hands in God’s Service.”

A welcome retreat will be 3:30-5:30 p.m., followed by the opening Mass, which will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 22 at  St. John Neumann Parish, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles

Morning sessions and presenters on June 23 are:
• Multi-Cultural Panel,  Pam Matambanadzo with Dalila Alegra;
• Systemic Change Home Visits and Mentoring Panel, Tom Pelger, Jeanne Harper, Jayne Stewart and Carol Maurer;
• How to Maximize Your Caring Power Using Community Impact Technology, Kyle Minckley and Joey Yarber;
• The Basics of Governance for your Council, Tom Fahl  and Mike Syslo; and

The Four Methods of Prayer, Brad Blauvelt.

Bishop David Malloy will offer Mass at noon, followed by his keynote address.

Afternoon sessions are:
• Spiritual Advisors Roundtable, Deacon Henry J. Knapp;
• Pound Store Potential, Jody Kasten and Mark Schwartz;
•  Financial Cash Streams, Nathan Martin;
• Walk/Run and the National Vehicle Donation Program;
• What Does a Conference Audit Entail,  Mike Syslo and  Tom Fahl;
• From Jail Ministries to Re-entry — Bringing Light to a Time of Darkness, Father David Peck, Wendel Hurska, John Waymel, Deacon Rick Martin and Linda Martin;
• Collaboration in Disaster, Joe Butkovich;
• Growing New Conferences, Althea Graham and Kathy Jackson;
• Vincentian Potpourri, Panel.

Evening options are a movie screeing, “God Is Not Dead” and a trip to Geneva Swedish Days with a visit to SVDP Thrift Store Deja Vu.

On June 24, the schedule is:
•  Mentoring from Within the Society, A Success Story, keynote address by Wayne Bugg
• Getting Ahead within the “Bridges Out of Poverty” Model, Phil DeVol
• Our Vincentian Legacy, Marty Cormack
• Assistance Tracking, Steve Hanson
• Defeating Poverty and Advocating for Justice: The intersection of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities, Patrick Winn;
• Being a voice of the Poor in a Throw-Away Culture, Tom Dwyer, Marian Lamoureux, Pamela Matambanadzo and Mary Ann Michele;
• Restorative Justice; Environmental Stewardship and Care of Creation; and Pay Day Lending.
•  Recognizing and responding to the needs of the incarcerated and their families, Father Howard Barch;
• Recognizing Domestic Abuse/Violence During Home Visits, Jim Kintz;
• Systemic Change Program, Hope Takes Action, Denise Claessens;
• Embracing Silence and Solitude, Deacon Mike Finley;
• Your Store Is Open Sunday?, Rod Colburn
• Embracing Providence —Vincentian Discernment and Leadership, keynote address by Ralph Middlecamp;
• Voice of the Poor and Catholic Social Teaching, Tom Dwyer, Marian Lamoureux, Pamela Matambanadzo and Mary Ann Michelet;
• Collaborating With Other Non-Profits, Ed Koerner and Wayne Bugg;
• The Hows and Whys of Social Media, Marge Ausloos and Geneve Friede;
• Presenting with Zeal, Jeanne Harper; and
• Spirituality of the Rule, Deacon Kevin Prunty.

A Mass, social time and banquet will end the meeting.

Registration is $135 and includes five meals and meetingmaterials. A 10 percent discount is availble until May 22.

Online registration open on Register online at

The meeting will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles. SVdP room rate is $115 plus tax until June 9. For reservations, call 630/584-6300.