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.

Orientación Ozanam

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia is excited to be hosting an Orientación Ozanam at Holy Innocents Parish, 1337 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 4:00 pm. Presenting the sessions for SVDP-Phila will be Margarita Galindo, Vice President for Hispanic Involvement for the National Council of the United States, and Rev. Mr. Emilio Ferrer-Soto, deacon for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Orientación Ozanam is the version of the Ozanam Orientation in Spanish. Ozanam Orientation is a treasure-filled presentation for members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in which they learn the rich history of the Society’s founders and key elements that lead us to better serve people in need through person-to-person interaction, most often in their own homes. The Society’s founders thought it was vital that its members understand the gospel foundations for what they do and to appreciate the fellowship witnessed in the first disciples, so the orientation helps its members grow through spirituality and friendship into a life of service.

Larry Huber
President emeritus

Ozanam Orientation – Sept 6

Please join the formation team on Saturday, September 6, 2014, for the next Ozanam Orientation session. The session includes videos, presentations regarding the history and mission of the Society, sharing with other Vincentians, and general fellowship.

Refreshments, including lunch, will be provided. There is no cost to participate and the materials received will be free to those attending. However, a free-will offering to help defray some of the food costs will be appreciated.

Click this link to sign up for the session.

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Location: St Andrew the Apostle Parish
Drexel Hill (Delaware County).

Formation Team:
Suzanne Holland, St Hilary of Poitiers Conference, Rydal
Paul Marin, St Katherine of Siena Conference, NE Philadelphia
Larry Huber, St Maria Goretti Conference, Hatfield

Eastern Region Meeting (May 17, 2014) Agenda

Beginning Ending Activity
8:30 9:00 Registration
9:00 9:20 Welcome
Opening Prayer
Vincentian Reflection/Meditation
9:20 10:00 Broderick Green
Keynote Address and discussion
10:00 10:20 Dom Visco, Eastern Region Vice-President
Report on Eastern Region
10:20 10:30 Break
10:30 11:30 Michael Clark
Germantown Systemic Change Initiative
Progress Report and Discussion
Assignment and Small Group Discussions
11:00 11:45 Opportunity for quiet reflection
11:45 12:15 Lunch and Fellowship
12:30 12:50 Dave Barringer, National Council CEO
Updates with National Council
12:50 1:30 Morgen Cheshire, Esq
The Law and Not-for-Profit Organizations
1:30 2:00 Stephen Carp
Conference Survey Report
Getting Students Involved
2:00 2:30 Mary Ann Bush
2:30 2:45 Break
2:45 3:45 Helen Otto, Paul Marin
Conference Best Practices (Presentation and Round Table)
Record Management
Term limits
Recruiting Members
3:45 4:00 Preparation for Mass
4:00 5:00 Father Bill Allegretto, CM
Mass of the 5th Sunday of Easter
Maryhelen Hogan, Guitar
5:00 Departure for home

Eastern Region East – 2014 Meeting


Eastern Region East Annual Get-together

 8:30 - 9:00 am - Registration
 9:00 - 9:20 am - Introductions
                  Opening Prayer 
                  Vincentian Reflection
 9:20 - 10:15 am - Keynote Addresses and discussion
10:15 - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 - 11:30 am - Germantown Systemic Change Initiative 
            Progress Report and Discussion
            Assignment and Small Group Discussion
                  about Poverty in our Areas
11:30 - 12:00 The Law and Non-Profit Organizations
11:00 - 11:45 am - Opportunity for Confession or quiet reflection
12:00 - 12:45 pm - Lunch
 1:00 - 1:45 Breakout sessions:
           Conference Best Practices 
                (Record Management & Financial Reporting)
           "Mini-Vinnies" - Youth Conference
 1:45 - 2:30 Breakout Sessions
           Conference Best Practices 
                (Record Management & Financial Reporting)
           "Mini-Vinnies" - Youth Conference
 2:30 - 2:45 pm - Break
 2:45 - 3:45 pm -  
 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Mass
 5:00 - Departure

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:30 – 5:00
Where: Malvern Retreat House
Signup: Click HERE to sign up
Cost: $25 per person*
Note: Overnight Stay is not Required
For Overnight Accommodations on site: Rate per night is $60 per person. (Arrangements must be made by May 10.) Due to the original purpose of the building (men’s and women’s separate retreats), men and women will sleep on separate floors. Private hotel arrangements can also be made at the participant’s discretion.

*Please do not let the cost interfere with your ability to participate. If you’re unable to provide those funds on your own, some arrangements might be made within your Council or Conference.

Ozanam Orientation – St Mary Parish


For those interesting in learning about how the Society of St Vincent de Paul was established and how her members grow in holiness through service of those in need, please consider joining us on Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 8:30 am, at St Mary Parish School, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473. (Click Here to sign up).

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 am and will include lunch. The materials will be provided at no cost to the participants, but free-will offerings will be accepted to help defray the cost of lunch.

For additional information, contact the Society’s main phone number: 484-704-7153.

Sign-up for the session here.
– Larry Huber, President

Dominick Bucciarelli
Suzanne Holland
Paul Marin
Larry Huber