Josef Mayr-Nusser

Each of us is called to a different life of service and the exact moment when we will be called upon to reflect that service back to Christ may not yet be known. We each pray that the moment will not be as dramatic as it was for Josef Mayr-Nusser, who was asked to swear an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler. His refusal landed him in jail and sentenced to die. The Lord, however, chose to take his life sooner. Pope Francis has now declared him a martyr for the faith, a step that will pave his path to sainthood.

Please take the time to read the press release about him and several others set on the path to sainthood by Pope Francis.
Click Josef Mayr-Nusser to read more about this Italian layman who was a member of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

-Larry Huber

Updated Schedule

The Members Learning Session is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016. Vincentians interested in attending should visit the sign-up page (click HERE to sign up).

To encourage participation in the Members Learning Session, the Montgomery County District Meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016, has been canceled, but the next regularly scheduled District Meeting will take place in October, right about the time the Conferences will be filing their Annual Reports.

We look forward to a lively meeting on August 13 and encourage as many to attend as possible.

– Larry Huber, Joanne Kratz, Dom Bucciarelli, Ron Mandel

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Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been solemnly consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from February 5, 1872. At that time, an Act of Consecration was drawn up at the request of the Society and this act of consecration is renewed annually by all units of the Society.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Lord Jesus, Who, seeing the cold indifference of the world and in order to revive charity amongst all people, has unveiled before them Your Sacred Heart and revealed the infinite riches of Your Divine Love, behold us prostrate before You, we who form only one Family, by the bond of fraternal charity, scattered, it is true, throughout the world, but united under the standard of St. Vincent de Paul, and forming only one body and one soul in the common spirit of the apostolate of charity; we dedicate and consecrate to Your Divine Person and to Your Sacred Heart this our Council (or Conference), and all the members who compose it, the poor whom we visit in Your name, the youth and children to whom we respond in order to maintain them in Your service; in a word, all those of whom we have the care, and all the works we have undertaken in various places for Your Glory. Quite unworthy though we are, we beseech You to receive this offering in the odor of sweetness; inflame us with that fire which from the depths of Your Heart You desire to see burning more and more each day, in order that, filled with the tenderness of Your Heart, we may learn to despise things here below, to love and help our neighbor, by word and example, and that, among the vicissitudes of this world, we may fix our hearts on the riches and happiness that shall never end. Amen.

This act of consecration is to be renewed annually by all units of the Society.

– National Council of the United States, Manual, p 71

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on the third Friday after Pentecost. In 2016, that solemnity occurs on Friday, June 3, 2016.

2016 Eastern Region Mtg – June 4

Sign-up page: Click Here

From To What Presenter/Leader
8:00am 9:00am   Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am 9:15am   Opening Prayer and Reflection   Larry Huber
9:15am 9:30am Welcome Dom Visco
Welcome to Trenton Video Bishop David O’Connell, C.M.
9:30am 10:30am Keynote Address Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M.
10:30am 10:45am Break
10:45am 11:00am Our Vincentian Heritage Br. John Skrodinsky
The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity
11:00am 11:30am East Region Report Dom Visco, E.R. Vice President
Morning Workshops
11:30am 12:30pm Disaster Services Division
Practical examples of how Councils are responding to disasters
Irma Calobrese
Anthony Pluchino
Grant Writing
Insights on preparing successful appeals for funding
Sr. Marge
Partnering With the Poor
Bringing our neighbors closer to self-sufficiency
Arnie Simonse
12:30pm 1:15pm Lunch
Afternoon Workshops
1:30pm 2:30pm Spirituality During the Home Visit
Seeing and reflecting the face of Christ as we serve our neighbors
Frank O’Brien
John Currie
Servant Leadership
Adapting St. Vincent de Paul’s management style in 21st century
Yvonne Haddock
Joe Williams
Round Table Discussions
2:45pm 3:45pm The Charism of Spirituality
Do we fully appreciate and embrace the gift?
Larry Huber
Fr. Jack Kane, C.M.
Systemic Change in Action
Actual experiences from the field
Arnie Simonse
Keith Kondrich
Are You the Voice of the Poor?
Exploring how we can improve our advocacy efforts
Matt Walker
4:00pm 5:15pm Celebration of Eucharist Fr. Pat. Griffin, C.M
main celebrant

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2016

Some images from SVDP-Phila’s involvement in Philadelphia’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, held on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Brittany from GreenDrop drove the Mini-Cooper vehicle that was part of our entourage. Click on an image to see an enlarged version.
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The train ride to and from Philadelphia on the Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail was a packed affair. It was great to see so much energy for a positive event.

Special thanks to Dom Bucciarelli and Terry Peck for helping with the day and making it enjoyable.
– Larry Huber

Annual Members Meeting

We are happy to announce that we will be having our Annual Meeting of Members (formerly called “Presidents Meeting”) on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, at the Church on the Mall in Plymouth Meeting. The meeting provides a great opportunity to meet and interact with fellow Vincentians and to learn more about some changes for the coming year. We’re excited to be able to have the facilities at the Church-on-the-Mall since it is relatively centrally located, very near a Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange (Norristown exit) and has ample parking.

To learn more about the Church on the Mall, please open this link.

The meeting will be kept fairly short so that more people will be able to attend, but we will be including important content that should prove valuable to nearly every Vincentian in the five-county Archdiocesan Council area. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing as many Vincentians as possible that day.

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops

Bridges Out of Poverty is an approach to better understand persons of all walks of life and how they interact with one another. The Workshops sponsored by The Society of St Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia include a review of the material presented by the joint effort of Aha! Process and the National Council of the United States of America for the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

The Workshop serves not as an all-inclusive training session but presents participants with an overview into the origins of poverty-like circumstances and some of the obstacles of breaking out of the confinement that poverty brings with it.

The next session will be held at Sacred Heart Parish, Royersford (near the Montgomery/Chester County border), PA, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Sign up via this link. You can check out more information about Sacred Heart Parish (and how to get there) via this link.

Later this summer, on August 1, 2015, SVDP-Philadelphia will sponsor another session at St Katherine of Siena Parish, Northeast Philadelphia, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can sign up for the session via this link. You can get more information (and directions to) St Katherine Parish via this link.

We look forward to seeing you at either session.