This is the page for announcing, reporting about, as well as registering for the four annual council events.The four events are
The 2014 Top Hat, Mass,Dinner and Award Ceremony, begins with a 4;30 PM Mass, Saturday, April 26 in the St. Charles High School Chapel followed by a dinner and recognition ceremony in St. Charles' Cavello Hall.
Download 2014 Top Hat nomination form
The Top Hat award is given annually to a Vincentian in our Diocese who has provided outstanding service in our ministry to grow spiritually by seeking out and serving the poor and needy. The "Top Hat" title is used to emphasize that our founder, Frederic Ozanam, did not allow his social class, in which men wore top hats, to blind him to the needs of the poor in early nineteenth century France.
Report on April 20, 2013 Top Hat Award, Mass and Dinner,
The 2013 Top Hat Mass, dinner and award ceremony was held at St. Charles High School on Saturday, April 20th. The mass started at 4:30 PM. in the St. Charles chapel. Fr. Charlie Klinger, pastor of St. Paul's Westerville and the new spiritual advisor for the Diocesan Council, celebrated the mass. In his homily Fr. Klinger emphasized that Vincentians cannot give "bread" only. They must give it with love for those they are serving. He warned, though, that this love is hard to develop because it is not a "romantic love" obtained by idealizing the poor. Vincentians must follow the example of their patron, St. Vincent de Paul, who struggled to love those he served while maintaining a realistic view of their virtues and vices by finding the face of Christ in their faces.
At the 'prayers of the faithful" Diocesan Council president, Bill Sparks, conducted a commissioning ceremony installing Fr. Charlie as the spiritual advisor of the Diocesan Council.
After mass, the over 160 Vincentians attending walked over to Cavello Center for a dinner catered by "By Scott."
Joff Moine, St. Cecilia's, introduced the Top Honorees by reading excerpts from their nominations, which can be read on-line from the list below. Bill Sparks presented each Honoree with a certficiate of appreciation for their exemplary Vincentian service."
Juanita Walker received the 2013 Top Hat Award. Kevin Donleavy, St. Joseph Cathedral, read and elaborated on her nomination.
A brief excerpt from her nomination reads: “Juanita, who recently turned 90, has been a Vincentian for over 30 years! She continues to provide passion and energy in serving those in need. “ She is still very active in her many ministries including service at Bryden House and J.O.I.N.
Read the full nomination of this amazing Vincentian: Juanita Walker .
A certificate of appreciation was given to the Imwalle family for hosting a golf tournament for many years with proceeds directed to the Society of Vincent de Paul, along with other charities. Several members of the Imwalle family were present.
Fr. Rod Damico, Parochial Vicar Corpus Christi & St.Ladislas, was the guest speaker concluding the event. Fr. Damico touched on two themes. First, as Catholics, Vincentians need to deepen their Catholicism in this "Year of Faith;" especially by appreciating the Eucharist. Second Vincentians as Servants of the Poor need to be prepared to work for systemic change as promoted by National SVdP President:Sheilia Gilbert.
Read 2013 nominations of Top Hat Honorees
Sts. Augustine & Gabriel Food Pantry by Tanya Holliman.
Sts. Augustine & Gabriel Food Pantry by Kym Haskins.
Newark Dispatchers by Deborah Cook-Gorsuch.
Sandy Bonneville by Rick Schirtzinger.
Margaret Kennedy by Douglas Schrage.
David Gahn by Sue Campbell.
Vernon Meyers by Tony Jones.
Mary Miles by Christine Boucher.
Martin Schmelzer by Jerry Welker.
Ron Wehner by Fran Davis.
Ron Wehner by Jaroslav (Jerry) Valachovic.
Ron Wehner by Barbara Gentile.
Ron Wehner by Henry Rutland.
Ron Wehner by Marie T. Pinto.
Ron Wehner by Judy Leahy.
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The 2014 Bishop's Appreciation Mass is tentatively scheduled for 6:30PM, Monday, December 1.
The celebration of the Bishop’s Annual Appreciation Mass for Vincentian Volunteers was on Monday, December 2 at 6:30 PM in St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Bishop Frederick Campbell was the celebrant and homilist. Approximately 300 Vincentians from all over the diocese gathered for the mass, Vincentian friendship and the annual buffet dinner in the Cathedral undercroft supplied by the St. Joseph SVdP conference.
Bishop Campbell observed that the utopian selections from Isaiah for the first weeks of Advent should not mislead us away from thinking of Advent as a season for repentance and reform. We must recall that the utopian chapters of Isaiah are preceded by chapters telling Judah that her infidelity and sinfulness had brought disaster upon her. Repentance and reform were needed to make her worthy of the utopian conditions. Similarly, we need repentance and reform in Advent to be worthy of the dignity bestowed on humanity by the Incarnation we remember at Christmas.
After Mass, Bill Sparks, Diocesan Council President, expressed great appreciation for the volunteers who make possible the Diocesan Council’s special ministries: St. Lawrence Haven, Clothing Distribution Center and the Saturday Food Program.
As is his custom, during the dinner, Bishop Campbell circulated through the dinning area personally expressing appreciation to Vincentians for their signficant services to the poor and needy.
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The 2013 Day of Recollection was Sunday, August 25, at the Martin de Porres Center, Ohio Dominican University; Columbus,Ohio. One hundred three Vincentians representing twenty nine conferences attended.
The facilitator was Marge McGinley. Marge is National SVdP’s Goal Leader for development of spirituality and leadership formation in promotion of systemic change.
Marge McGinley focused on discernment processes for individuals, conferences and councils on whether and how to participate in systemic change.
What is systemic change? There is systemic change for individuals and systemic change of social systems. Systemic change for individuals is guiding individuals and families out of the system of poverty in which they now live towards living in a middle class system. Systemic change of social systems is working politically to change systems such as immigration laws which adversely affect the poor. The systemic change being promoted by the National office is systemic change for individuals. This type of systemic change requires Vincentians through their conferences becoming mentors to those we serve. For Vincentians, systemic change of social systems is done through the advocacy work of the Voice of the Poor.
It was an interactive day where the Vincentians present practiced suggested discernment practices about how systemic change might work in their local conferences and councils. And, of course, whether or not they were being called to being mentors as well as suppliers of necessities.
Fr. Charlie Klinger, diocesan council spiritual advisor, closed the 2013 Day of Recollection with celebration of mass in the chapel of the Mother House of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
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Report on 2013 Friends of the Poor Walk,
The 2013 Walk was held at 10AM, Saturday, September 28, at St. Francis DeSales track.
Over five hundred Vincentians from at least thirty five conferences and organizations celebrated the fifth annual “Friends of the Poor Walk.”
On Saturday, September 28 they gathered at De Sales high school between 9 and 10 AM for coffee and pastries, music and Vincentian Friendship. To start them
off,Bishop Campbell encouraged and congratulated the walkers. The walk generated over $43,000 for the various conferences and the
Diocesan Council ministries.
The following businesses and individuals generously provided sponsorship for 2013 Walk,