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  2. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council General (132 Countries) USA National Council National Committees Regions (7 National Committees) (8 Regions) Diocesan Councils (54 Diocesan Councils) District Councils (334 District Councils) Conferences (4,600 Conferences) Organization

  3. Council General • Council General • Empowered to Institute New Councils and Aggregate New Conferences of the Society • Unites the Society in spirituality and management • Presided over by the President General • The President General • Represents the Society before the Holy See and all the religious and lay international bodies. • Located in Paris, France-- the location of the founding of the Society • Current President – José Ramón Diaz-Torremocha Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  4. Council of the United States The Council Of The United States is composed of: • National President • Appointed Officers • National Council Members • Presidents of Diocesan Councils • Presidents of Oldest District Councils Supported by: • National Board of Directors • 7 Permanent Committees • The National Office Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences • Located in St. Louis, Missouri • Current President – Joe Flannigan • Webpage: www.svdpusa.org

  5. Council of the United States • Council of the United States • Informs Members, the Council General, Religious and Civil Authorities of Activities Through Regular Reports • Provides the Rule for United States • Provides Resource Materials for Training • Provides Reporting Structure for Accountability • Provides Disaster Relief to Councils • President of the Council of the United States • Elected for a Six Year Term Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  6. National Council Communications Annual Reports Ozanam News Magazine Quarterly Newsletter Publications Technology Computerization Database Websites Vincentian News VincentPaul Circular Letter Regional/Council Best Practices Stores Newsletter Aggregation/Institution Recruitment Recognition Archives National Council - Technology Services Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  7. National Council - Development Services • Annual Giving • Programmatic Solicitations • Online Giving • Planned and Major Gifts • Grants • Endowment Fund • Corporate Sponsorships • Donor Tracking System • Consultation and Collaboration with Other SVDP Fund Raisers • Development Strategic Planning • Development on the Webpage • MBNA • Volunteer Resources • Public Relations Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  8. National Council - Formation Services • Projects • Serving In Hope • Forming the Formators • Weekly Reflections • Invitation for Renewal • Ozanam Orientation • Workshops • Leadership Development • Trustees • Executive Directors • Spiritual Advisors • Spiritual Formation • Presentations • Retreats • Vincentian Family Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  9. Committees Communications Committee Development Committee Finance and Governance Committee Youth Committee Formation Committee Voice Of The Poor Committee Vincentian Service Disaster Committee Stores Committee National Committees Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  10. Regional Level functions: Facilitate Vincentian communications Coordinate the activities within the Councils Stimulate growth in membership Extension of Society into areas not currently served Regional Chairperson: Represents the President of the US Council in their Region Convenes regularly scheduled Regional Meetings Represents Councils on the National Executive Committee Currently – Jim Woods – Eastern Region Chairman Regions Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  11. 8 Regions of the United States • North Central Region • Illinois • Minnesota • North Dakota • South Dakota • Wisconsin • Mid Eastern Region • Indiana • Kentucky • Michigan • Ohio • Northeastern Region • Connecticut • Maine • Massachusetts • New Hampshire • New York • Rhode Island • Vermont • Western Region • Alaska • Arizona • California • Hawaii • Idaho • Montana • Nevada • Oregon • Utah • Washington • Southeastern Region • Alabama • Florida • Georgia • Louisiana • Mississippi • North Carolina • Puerto Rico • South Carolina • Tennessee • South Central Region • Arkansas • New Mexico • Oklahoma • Texas • Midwestern Region • Colorado • Iowa • Kansas • Missouri • Nebraska • Wyoming • Eastern Region • Delaware • District of Columbia • Maryland • New Jersey • Pennsylvania • Virginia • West Virginia

  12. (Arch) Diocesan Council • Represents the Society In Contacts With the Bishop, Religious And Public Authorities • Compiles and Submits an Annual Report to the National Council • Organize Training and Formation for Members and Potential Members • Communicates with Conferences and Councils to Keep Them Informed • Extends the Society Within Its Boundaries • Coordinates/Collaborates with other Catholic service organizations • President Represents the Diocesan SVDP Organization as a Member of the National Council • Diocesan Council Composed of: • Elected President • Appointed Officers (Vice President(s), Treasurer, Secretary) • Presidents of the Districts Attached to It Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  13. Trenton Diocese is in the Eastern Region Eastern Region Trenton Council

  14. Trenton Diocesan Council Organization Spiritual Advisor Secretary Vice President Treasurer Committees/ Directors Council President • Burlington County • District Council • Sacred Heart • St. Mary of the • Lakes • St. Mary’s • Holy Eucharist • St. Isaac Jogues • Corpus Christi • Mercer County • District Council • St. Joseph • Incarnation • Our Lady of • the Angels • St. Anthony/Our • Lady of Sorrows • Holy Angels/ • St. Raphael • St. Ann • Blessed Sacrament • St. Vincent de Paul • St. Mary’s Cathedral • St. Paul’s

  15. Trenton Diocesan Council Organization Spiritual Advisor Secretary Vice President Treasurer Committees/ Directors Council President • Ocean County • District Council • St. Barnabas • St. Dominic’s • St. Justin’s • St. Monica/ • St. Aloysius • St. Mary’s • St. Mary of • the Lake • Visitation • Monmouth County District Council • Ascension • Holy Family • Holy Innocents • Our Lady of Mercy /St. Joseph’s (Englishtown) • Our Lady of Perpetual Help • St. Gabriel • St. James • St. Joseph (Keyport) • St. Michael • St. Peter Claver • St. Rose • Monmouth County District Council cont: • St. Rose of Lima • St. Thomas More • Holy Trinity • St. John the Baptist • St. Catherine of Siena • St. Benedict • St. Agnes • St. Catherine • St. Mary

  16. District Council • Compiles and Submits an Annual Report to the Next Higher Council • Organizes Training and Formation for Members and Potential Members • Communicates with Conferences and Councils to Keep Them Informed • Represents the District In Contacts With Religious And Public Authorities • Extends the Society Within Its Boundaries • District Council Composed of: • Elected President • Appointed Officers (Vice President(s), Treasurer, Secretary) • Presidents of the Conferences Attached to It Council General USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  17. The SVDP Conference Basic And Essential Unit Of The Society Council General • Small Groups Typically (8-15 members) • Frequent Meetings/At Least Twice Monthly • Grow Spiritually Together/Weekly Meditations • Read and Reflect on the Gospel Using Spiritual Reflections Provided By National Office • Each Conference Must Have Spiritual Advisor • Service to the Poor and Needy • Resources (Black Bag, Poor Boxes, etc.) • Close Relationship with Pastor • Led by a President elected for 3 year term USA National Council National Committees Regions Diocesan Councils District Councils Conferences

  18. Guidelines for a Successful Conference • Reachable (clear and check messages regularly) • Meets Regularly (The RULE requires a minimum of two meetings monthly) • Genuine Commitment to Spiritual Purposes • Conference Prayers and Reflections are Never Omitted • Genuine Commitment to Christian Cordiality • The Poor are Visited Promptly, Regularly, and Attentively • Take Initiatives • Always Ask “Can the Conference be Doing More?” • Made up of members who want to grow (Read, Study, Attend Training Sessions and Lectures) • Recruitment is an ongoing responsibility

  19. Guidelines for a Successful Conference Effective Conferences Have: • Leaders Who Handle Their Specific Duties With Whatever Competence They Have Naturally or Can Cultivate • Working Ties in the Neighborhood and Community • Relationships with Other Public and Private Agencies • Awareness of Responsibility to Participate in the Activities of District and Diocesan Councils • Support for Special Works, Contributions to Poorer Conferences • Looks Beyond Its Own Boundaries • The Ideal Conference is Both Wealthy and Poor • Made Up of Members Who Encourage Generosity from Friends of the Society • Does Not Hoard for a Rainy Day

  20. Highlights of SVDP National Annual Report 2005

  21. Trenton Diocesan Financials - 2006 Review of financials of the past year • Financials – Distributed via checks $1,283,371 • “In-kind” goods & services $1,223,057 • Volunteer Hours ( 316,171 x $16.00 ) $5,058,736 • Miles donated ( 80,103 x $0.42 ) $33,645 Total contributed to the Society in assisting the poor through financial aid and services: $7,598,809

  22. The Society’s International Logo The circle signifies the global or worldwide stature of The Society Of St. Vincent de Paul, an International Society. The crossing at the tail (or a tie-knot) represents unity and oneness among members, and also union with the poor. The eye of the fish is the vigilant eye of God seeking to help the poor and underprivileged in our midst. Serving in hope

  23. Reflection, Sharing & Questions: 10 Minutes • Take a Moment of Silent Reflection. • Break into Groups of 3 or 4 to Discuss the Following: • In What Ways Does the Conference Become the Heart of All our SVDP Actions? • What Grace and Blessing Do you find in Belonging to the National and International Organization?