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of the Conferences and Council, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Diocese of Columbus, Ohio


Four Annual Events of Columbus Diocese SVDP

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This is the page for announcing, reporting about, as well as registering for the four annual council events.

The four events are

Report on 2014 top Hat Award Ceremony and dinner

The 2014 Top Hat, Mass,Dinner and Award Ceremony, began with a 4;30 PM Mass, Saturday, April 26 in the St. Charles High School Chapel. One hundred forty four persons attended, representing twenty three conferences. The celebrant was Fr. Charlie Klinger, spiritual advisor for the Diocesan council. Since April 27was 2014 Divine Mercy Sunday Fr. Klinger's homily brought out how Vincentians could fight temptations to being judgmental about those they serve by realizing their own need for divine mercy. The Mass was followed by a dinner and recognition ceremony in St. Charles' Cavello Hall.

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.

The 2014 Top Hat recipient was Marge Hendey, from the St. Edward, Granville, Conference. Kevin Murphy, a founder and vice-President of St. Vincent Haven, Newark introduced and characterized the exemplary Vincentian service of Marge Hendey. One of her contributions, noted in her nomination brought out: "In an extraordinary effort, Marge helped set up a county-wide “St. Vincent de Paul Help Line” so that anyone in need could call one central phone number and be referred to the proper parish conference in Licking County."

The full nomination for Marge Hendey, as well as all 2014 Top Nominations can be accessed below.

Read 2014 nominations of Top Hat Honorees

Lesha Farias by Jeffrey McDaniel
Marge Hendey by Greg Hinterschied
Mark Meinhart by Joe Anclien
Mike Lynch by Mike Gagel
Toni Ventresca by St. Elizabeth conference

Bill Sparks, Diocesan Council President, presented certificates recognizing extraordinarily competent and dedicated service to Pat Summers and Heather Swiger. Pat Summers is the long time secretary of the Dicoesan St. Vincent de Paul office. Heather Swiger is the manager of St. Lawrence Haven, the Clothing Center, and the Saturday, West Side, food distribution program.

Fr. Tom Petry, pastor of St. Anthony,concluded the program with reflections on the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II which were to be celebrated April 27. He observed that their emphasis on mercy and identification with the poor showed how Vincentian ideals are those of the highest level of the Church.

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Bishop's Appreciation Mass, Report on 2013 Bishop’s Appreciation Mass for Vincentian Volunteers

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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Update 0n 2014 Day of Recollection

Our Annual Day of Recollection will be held on Sunday, August 24th. Sign in, breakfast rolls, and camaraderie begins at 9 am with formal start at 10 am. The location will be the Martin De Porres Center at the Dominican Sisters of Peace property next to Ohio Dominican University. Lunch is included and we will end with mass at 2PM. The cost is $15, but that is easily waived, confidentially, if need be. Title-- Journey Together Toward Holiness Call Pat Summers (614-221-3554) with your reservations.

Report of 2013 Vincentian Day of Recollection

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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Update on 2014 Friends of the Poor Walk

This year's walk will be on Saturday, September 20th, again at St. Francis de Sales High School. John Willig is chairing the event. Nancy Thatcher from St. Anthony's is the committee's registration coordinator,

Download 2014 Friends of Poor Walk Registration Kit

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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. Map It!.

2013 Report: 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.
View Rich Rossi's photos from 2013 Friends of the Poor Walk.

The following businesses and individuals generously provided sponsorship for 2013 Walk,

  • Theresa Bush Insurance
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters LU 189
  • Kimball Midwest
  • Porch Swing Properties
  • Malek & Malek, Law Firm
  • Comfort Dental
  • Thomas Sweeney, M. D.
  • Teritas Pizza
  • Jack L. Woods Plumbing Co
  • James Karpac, DDS
  • Michael F. Curtin
  • South High Auto Wrecking
  • Dennis Hanzel
  • White Castles
  • Tim Hortons
  • Cheryl & Co
  • Great Harvest Bread
  • Don Downs
  • St. Francis DeSales High School
  • St. Gabriel Radio
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