An Update from Therese – February 2019

An Update from Therese – February 2019

An Update from Therese – February 2019 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Dear Fellow Vincentians,

Hope you all stayed warm during this frigid weather. This Arctic Blast reminds me of how blessed I am. I have a warm home, a car with heated seats and coats to keep me warm. I am so grateful. Many of our neighbors aren’t as fortunate but, this extreme cold has brought out the best of our communities. Makeshift shelters were created, warm meals provided, and warm clothing distributed by multiple churches and agencies. It took a true disaster for communities to do the same things Vincentians do every day!

I would liketo share some thoughts about our recent Annual Meeting. Over two hundred Vincentians braved the weather to attend . Thanks to all who made the meeting a great success.Special kudos to Debbie Jackson who took care of all the planning for our event. My gratitude to members of our newly formed Spirituality Committee: Sr. Noreen SC, Sr. Felicity, Sr.Linda, Sr. Shelly for helping us with our spiritual journey as Vincentians during our meeting. Deepening our spirituality is at the center of all we do. Our service to our neighbors brings us closer to God. As we live out our Vincentian vocation Jesus comes to us in a very special and personal way. During our spiritual reflection, we were reminded of why we are Vincentians and how we have grown in our relationship with God and each other. Dan Malone not only provided us with the state of our business at SVDP but, was inspirational in his presentation. A special thanks to Sacred Heart Major Seminary for making us feel so welcome. Most of all, I would like to thank you, my fellow Vincentians who

The feedback you provided on the evaluations was extremely positive and helpful. You not only told us of the positive aspects of the Meeting, you shared with us some areas where we as a Council can improve. The vast majority of respondents said how much they enjoyed sharing their answers to the questions presented, sharing experiences, and the bond all Vincentians have in common. One area identified for improvement is communication between the Council and the membership. Please know that I am open to any suggestions on how communication can be improved. As of now we attempt to pass along information through your district presidents from the Board to the other members. Also, The Conference Connection is a valuable tool to convey updates to you. We would love to be able to make sure all Vincentians have access to this monthly update. So, please make sure your fellow members have provided us with their e mail addresses. Also, we are aware that only thirty percent open the Conference Connection. If you have further ideas how we can better communicate please let me at or Debbie Jackson at and we will make every effort to see how we can best share information.

God Bless