Dear Fellow Vincentians,
Many good and inspiring things have been and will be taking place in our Council. First, at our Annual Banquet over two hundred Vincentians gathered at Sacred Heart Major Seminary to celebrate all the good works we do every day. We were able to recognize those Vincentians who in a special way exemplify the Mission we all share. We are very grateful to our Priest Presider, Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ, and Sr. Noreen Ellison, S.C. who planned our liturgy, Maureen Kennedy who provided our music and Debbie Jackson who coordinated the entire event. Following our liturgy, we shared fellowship and recognized our fellow Vincentians.
Recipients of 25 Year Award
Dick Reimbold, St. Peter
Mike Zemke, St. Irenaeus
Bert Kozlowski, St. Irenaeus
William Connors, St. Irenaeus
Toni Doupe, St. Simon and Jude
Jean Ducket, Sacred Heart
Lorraine Boykins, Sacred Heart
Emmanual Miruzzi, St. Maurice/St. Genevieve
Top Hat Awardees
Jean Duckett, Sacred Heart
Joann Emery, St. Mary Redford
Bob and Agnes Godek, Resurrection
Barry Michaels, St. Joseph Lake Orion
John Miller, St. Pio
Charlie Muller, St. Matthew and St. Raymond
Pat Schmeiser St. Isidore
Dimensions of Excellence
Guardian Angels Clawson, Our Lady of Refuge, Orchard Lake, Our Lady of the Lakes,
Our Lady of Victory, Northville, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Oak Park, Resurrection, Canton,
St. Damien of Molokai, Pontiac, St. Faustina, Warren, St. Irenaeus, Rochester Hills, St. John the Baptist, Dearborn Heights, St. Joseph, Trenton, St. Joseph Lake Orion, St. Louise de Marillac, Warren, St. Mary of the Annunciation, Rockwood, St. Mary, Port Huron, St. Mary, Redford, St. Michael, Sterling Heights, St. Peter, Mt. Clemens, St. Roch, Flat Rock, St. Therese Lisieux, Shelby Township, St. William, Walled Lake.
Our next exciting news is that our Council will host our International President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Renato Lima de Oliveira, June 17-20. This is a true honor to have Renato visiting us on his way to the Canadian National Meeting. We have been planning an itinerary which will include a visit to the Matchan Nutrition Center, a Conference meeting at a Detroit Conference with a home visit. We have also arranged for Renato to address ALL VINCENTIANS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS on Tuesday evening, June18 at 6:30 pm at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica. The Shrine Conference will host a reception with a “meet and greet” following Renato’s talk. Please come and meet Renato. To my knowledge, we have never had the opportunity to host an International President so this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
If you plan to attend please RSVP to Debbie Jackson at Djackson@svdpdetroit.org or at (313) 393-3014.
Our Camp Ozanam sign-up is in full swing. There is still time and space available, so please continue recruiting campers. We are looking for volunteers for our camp “send-offs” on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. If you’re able to volunteer for Camp “send-off” please contact Caroline Krucker at 810-622-8744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget Vincentian Appreciation Day at Camp Ozanam on Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. Please bring family and friends for a day of fun and relaxation on the shores of Lake Huron. If you can attend please contact Caroline Krucker at the above numbers.
The next topic is the election of the next Archdiocesan Council President. By now, your District Presidents may have shared with you that we have four candidates. They are Roger Playwin, from Detroit East District, Nancy Szlezyngier, President Port Huron District, Bernard Onwuemelie, Mid City, and Mike Casey, Port Huron District. The candidates have been interviewed by the Nominating Committee. The next steps are: the candidates will address the Council Board, then, the Board will discuss candidates with the membership for input. An election will then take place at the next Board Meeting. I ask you to pray for those willing to become servant leaders within our Council.