Dear Fellow Vincentians,
Summer is finally here! We Michiganders have been waiting a long time for warm weather. I have vowed, that no matter how hot it gets I will not complain!!!!!
This past month has been extremely busy. First, I attended The Sister of Charity Federation Assembly in Chicago. There were over five hundred and fifty Sisters of Charity and Associates representing many congregations all of whom are part of the Vincentian Family. It truly amazing the reach St. Vincent, St Louise and Blessed Rosalie Rendu has had throughout the world. The Charity charism shared by all member of our Family is alive and well .
On June 17th we hosted our Annual Golf Outing benefiting our camping program. I would like to thank not only the players who participated but, all the Vincentian volunteers who spent many hours assuring that all attendees enjoyed their day. Many thanks to all the sponsors for generously donating to this great event.
The day following the golf outing, we were privileged to host The President General of the International St. Vincent de Paul, Renato Lima de Oliveria. Of all the places in the world he could visit, he chose to come to Detroit. What an honor. Renato visited the Matchan Nutrition Center, attended Blessed Rosalie Rendu Conference meeting and made a home visit in Detroit. Renato gave a truly inspiring talk to over two hundred Vincentians gathered at The National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica. Renato spoke about how as a teenager he became a Vincentian and even with his schedule today, he continues to attend conference meetings at his home parish. He is truly one of the most committed Vincentians one can meet. He retains a full time job, has a family in Brazil and travels the world representing St. Vincent de Paul on his own vacation time. Renato recognized the Servant Leadership of the District Presidents present by presenting them with a special pin from the SVDP International. From Detroit, Renato attended the Canadian National Meeting in Windsor. I, along with Sr. Noreen Ellison our Associate Council Spiritual Advisor, Bill and Barb Brazier were the guests of the Canadian National St. Vincent de Paul and we attended the instillation of their newly elected President. It was an honor to be included in such a wonderful event.
The election of our Archdiocesan Council President will be held in August. This past Monday evening the Council Board was introduced to the candidates running: Nancy Szlezyngier, Roger Playwin, Mike Casey, and Bernard Onwuemelie. All candidates had an opportunity to present their philosophy and thoughts about representing our Vincentians as they continue to move us forward in “ Our Mission of Charity.” Please pray for all the candidates and for our entire Council that true discernment will prevail and that “ The Spirit “ will guide us to the person, pure of heart, who will be the best servant leader of our Council.