Newsletter September 2016

Dear Vincentians,

We are pleased to send you the  issue of the  September 2016 newsletter of the International  Council General.  Click HERE to download the newsletter.

Summary:
Brother Renato takes office next Friday   p1
What’s up at CGI ?                                                       p2
Vincentian Youth  gathering in Poland                    p3
Global training modules now online!                       p4
 Italy: vincentian help after the earthquake             p5
Nepal : SSVP partnership with Caritas                  p6/7
Lebanon : training center                                         p7
South tyrol : beatification                                         p8
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RIP Dr Poon King

Dr. Poon King, an SVP benefactor for many years, died on Thursday. His funeral is at 10:30 am on Monday at La Romaine. He provided lunches for us for many years, starting from the 1970’s until a few years ago when he advanced in years and was unable to do so anymore. I remember him telling me that he actually prepared the lunches, not his wife or a helper.

He was a humble and friendly man but great was his achievements in his field of medicine (see the link below).

May his soul rest in peace.

http://www.niherst.gov.tt/icons/caribbean-icons-2/19-theodosius-poon-king.htm

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New International SVP President

Dear Members,

International Elections were recently held in Rome, Italy from June 3 to 10 where a new International President was elected.

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Click HERE to see a full photo gallery from the event.

Please click HERE to see the press release written by the CGI, announcing the election of the new International President.

Our new International President is a Journalist and civil servant by profession who works with the government in the country’s National Telecommunications Agency – Anatel.

The Caribbean region was represented at the elections by Sister Angelique Taylor of Trinidad & Tobago, Sister Margaret Wilson of Grenada and Sister Patricia Collins of Antigua and Barbuda.

Continue Reading »

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President General answer to JR Torremocha

Dear all,
See the reply of our General President, Dr Michael Thio, to Jose Ramon Diaz-Torremocha.
CLICK HERE to read the whole document.

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Goodbye letter of Yancarlos (as a VMY International Volunteer)

Dear members of the VMY Family,

Three years ago I started this amazing and challenging road of service to the association as a Volunteer in the VMY International Secretariat. It´s three years of blessings, lessons learned, homesick moments, joyful times, lots of work and millions of emotions.

Last July I was elected as the International President and since then I´ve been sharing my time between those two functions. Now, three years after, it is time to say good bye to my function as a VMY International Volunteer for the English-speakers countries. Continue Reading »

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Dear Members,

Use the following link please find the VMX International Bulletin April 2016 edition.

God Bless

 

http://www.secretariadojmv.org/en/bulletin

April 2016 Bulletin

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Dear Members,

Blessed Lenten Season…

Clicking on THIS LINK will direct to the web page of the VMY International Bulletin – February 2016 .

Click HERE for the PDF version of the bulletin.

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Beautiful Reasons for Praying the Rosary

Father Gabriel Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican writes:

One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say during an exorcism:  “Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful The Rosary was, it would be my end.”

The secret that makes this prayer so effective is that the Rosary is both Prayer and meditation.  It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centred on Christ.

I write in addition to the above: Continue Reading »

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Calendar of Events 2016

Members,

See below the calendar of events for 2016.  To download the entire calendar CLICK HERE

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 2016 – Events & Important Dates               

January

2nd  –    Lion’s P.O.S. Annual Senior Citizen’s

3rd –   First Sunday Collection

9th –   National Executive Retreat

17th – Junior Presidents’ Meeting

28th – National Raffle Distribution

“People of Class” Fund Raiser

 

February

6th –  National Executive Meeting

6th –  Finance Committee Meeting

7th –  First Sunday Collection

8th & 9th –  Carnival Monday & Tuesday

10th – Ash Wednesday

20th – Presidents’ Meeting

28th – Youth Coordinating Team Meeting

29th Deadline for Submitting Annual Reports for AGM                                                        Continue Reading »

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2016: Jubilee Year of Mercy

For Catholics all around the world, 2016 is going to be especially intense, after the Holy Father’s announcement on 13 March of an Extraordinary Holy Year, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of the Second Vatican Council, a great Jubilee of Mercy, a theme dear to the heart of Pope Francis.  He hopes for“spiritual renewal of the whole Church”. Preparation for this event has been entrusted to the Pontifical Council for the new evangelization.

The Holy Year was officially announced in the publication of the Papal Bull of Indiction Misericordiae vultus on 11 April 2015, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday. In this document, Pope Francis explains the reason for this “Holy Year” and its highlights, planned for Rome but also for all dioceses, who will be visited by “mercy missionaries”. He invites Christians to contemplate and live this mystery of mercy,  “a source of joy, serenity and peace.”

On 29 November 2015, during his African tour, Pope Francis marked the first high spot of this year by opening the first of the Holy Doors at the Cathedral of Bangui, a few days before the Jubilee year begins, thus making this Central African capital, a city ravaged by war, and one of the poorest on the planet, the “spiritual capital of the world”.

The Holy Year and Jubilee begins officially on 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica is opened. This door will be closed again on 20 November 2016, solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, marking the end of the jubilee year.  Between these two dates, a whole series of events is planned in Rome and in the dioceses.

THE SSVP INVITED TO JOIN THE JUBILEE

In a letter addressed to the International President General, the Pontifical Council Cor unum has called on the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to promote a day of spiritual retreat on the theme of “Caritas Christi urget nos” (The Charity of Christ Crucified urges us), for all those who contribute to the Church’s charitable action, as professionals or as volunteers. Mgr. Giampietro Dal Toso – Secretary, states in the letter: “Faithful to the wishes of the Holy Father, it will be an encouragement to us to apply especially to our daily lives this dimension of compassion, by exploring more deeply the roots of our charitable action”.

This day will be held during Lent 2016, and each entity (whether local, regional or national) of the Confederation is free to choose a date that suits them.  Cor Unum will provide topics for reflection on its website after Christmas, with tools for organising this event.

 

To view the full webpage CLICK HERE 

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2015 NATIONAL RAFFLE RESULTS

 

Dear Members,

The results of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s National Raffle drawn at the Secretariat’s Office, Port-of-Spain on Friday 11th December, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. by Br. Reuben Ferdinand, National Vice President – Central, members of the Society and supervised by Sumintra Deokali, Accounts Clerk are as follows:-

PRIZES                                                               TICKET #

1st Prize – One (1) 40” Flat Screen T.V.                         020517

2nd Prize – 16 cu ft Refrigerator                                     002083

3rd Prize – One (1) Living Room Set                              077983

4th Prize – Trip for two (2) to Grenada                          001003

5th Prize – One (1) 20lbs Washing Machine                015704

6th Prize – One (1) 24” Gas Stove with Oven               016476

7th Prize – One (1) Microwave Oven                              011468

8th Prize – Trip for Two (2) to Trinidad or Tobago    071108

9th Prize – One (1) Beauty Package                                005141

10th Prize –  One (1) Food Hamper                               057193

The Raffle was organised to raise funds for the general work of the Society, which includes the running of our Institutions. We thank you for your participation and look forward to your continued support. Raffle winners should contact Ms. Sumintra Deokali, to arrange for collection of their prizes at Nazareth House, 20 Duncan Street, Port of Spain. Tel: 623-4926

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Second Episode of the Series “Universal Church”

Dear Vincentians,
The television channel EWTN (“Eternal Word Television Network” – USA) broadcasts catholic emissions and programs which cover news around the world. In last October, Dr. Michael Thio, along with David Barringer ( CEO National Council) and Sheila Gilbert (National President) participated in “The Church Universal” Series conducted at the recording studio of EWTN at Birmingham, Alabama, USA. This program seeks to tell the often untold story of the many groups, outreaches and apostolates in the Catholic Church which are making a positive difference in the world through their charitable works and prayerful lives.
The second part is now available on line with Youtube : 
https://youtu.be/nWqP5A1ZkQw
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Upcoming Events for some of the T&T Conferences

Dear Members,

See the list of some upcoming events from the various Conferences.  Let’s come out and support each other.

Click HERE to download this list

May
– 31st – Particular Council Tea Party at the Max Murphy Hall, Parish of SS. Peter and Paul, Chaguanas from 2pm to 6 pm. Cost $100
June
–    7th – Surburban Festival Mass at 7am at St.John’s , San Juan then to the Parish Hall at Holy Family, Mt. Lambert

–    7th – Our Lady of the Rosary, Sangre Grande Conference’s Annual Tea Party at Sangre Grande Civil Centre from 2pm to 6pm. Cost $50

–    13th – Meeting for the establishment of a National Hospital Ministry for SVP at the Secretariat, from 9:30 am

–    13th – Santa Rosa Boat Cruise. Boarding Time is 3pm from Peake’s. Cost- $100 (Contact person: Angela Gonzales at 674-5274)

–    18th – Elections of Arima Home Committee

–    20-24th – Visit by the International President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Br. Michael Thio

–    25-28th – Regional Assembly of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosted by the National Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

July
–     5th – National Youth Symposium – Fatima College from 9am – 4pm. Cost $40.

–    26th – Rally and Sports Day – Venue: Mayaro Resource Centre, British Petroleum from 9am to 4 pm

August
 –    9th – Central Particular Council Boat Cruise – $100 (Contact person: Reuben Ferdinand – 724-7922)

 

For more information on tickets, please contact the Secretariat at 625-3562

 

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Important Documents for Member usage

Dear Members,

Here are the Minutes of  the President’s Meeting (Feb 2015) as well as the Financial Report Template for your use.

Click HERE for the meeting minutes

Click HERE for the report template

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Appeal from the President General on behalf of Nepal and Vanuatu.

 Dear Members,
This is an update on the efforts of the SSVP Council General in Paris towards providing immediate relief on the ground at disaster riddled countries where membership reside.

Continue Reading »

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St. Vincent De Paul’s Annual Buffet Brunch

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul  invites you to its Annual Buffet Brunch at the Mount St. Benedict Seminary, St Augustine on Sunday 12Th April, 2015 (Sunday after Easter) from 7:00am to 11:30am.

Tickets are priced at only $140 and entitles you to an assortment of coconut bake, fried bake, sada roti, salt fish buljol, mini pastelles, bodi, pumpkin and mango, just to name a few and tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and water.   There will also be live entertainment at the event and door prizes for attendees.  Have Mass at the St Benedict Church at either 5:15, 7:00  or 8:30am and join us for breakfast at the Seminary, in an ambience conducive to good relaxation.

Don’t miss this one.  Bring a friend or family member and help us raise funds to continue our works of charity. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you on April 12th, 2015.

For further information please contact the Secretariat at 625 – 3562 or email us at svdppos@tstt.net.tt

 

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Lenten Reflection Message from Fr. Gregory Gay, Superior General, CM

Click HERE to download the full message

My dear Brothers and Sisters of the Vincentian Family,

May the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be forever in our hearts!

The season of Lent is a time ripe for reflection on the mysteries of our faith. Once again, we are invited join Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem, to accompany him to Calvary, to wait quietly at the Tomb, and to know the glory of his Resurrection, which he shares with us. The Gospel for Ash Wednesday reminds us that, underneath the rich outward symbols of this season of grace, Lent is an inward journey: “But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt.6:6) Continue Reading »

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2014 National Raffle Results

Click HERE to download the full results.

The results of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s National Raffle drawn at the Secretariat’s Office, Port-of-Spain on Friday 12th December, 2014 by Sr. Angelique Taylor, National President, members of the Society and supervised by Sumintra Deokali, Accounts Clerk are as follows:- Continue Reading »

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International General Council Newsletter – Jan 2015

Click HERE to download the newsletter

Contents :

–        Lent 2015 : Pope Francis’s letter

–        Training : a workshop in Paris in early February

–        On the ground : with the vincentians of Boma (DRC)

–         FamVin in Haiti : « Chemen lavi miyo »

–        Time of lent : the quotation

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront. Continue Reading »

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E-Gazette from the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Click HERE for the link to the Council’s E-Gazette

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Request from the International Council General (CGI)

Dear Presidents and Beloved Members,

 NEW YEAR’S GREETING

It is with joyful spirits and the thought of new opportunities for 2015 that I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2014 has left us with many memories and lessons learnt as we continue to labour in God’s vineyard and work towards charity and justice for our stewards.  In my 2014 Christmas message I espoused our theme of ‘One Society’ for 2015, and I trust that unity will bring strength and endurance for the long road ahead. Continue Reading »

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Greetings from our international office in France

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I wish You and Your family a Merry Christmas and all the Best for the New Year, 2015! God bless you and your family!
With Vincentian regards,
Erwin Josef Tigla
Europa 2
SVP Int'l Nativity
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Newsday and SVP collaborate to bring help and hope this Christmas

Successful Christmas project brings joy to families in need

By Iana Seales Thursday, December 25 2014

Click HERE to read the full article in the Newsday online.

It’s that time of year. The holiday season, when some families in need can wake up to hot meals and their children can unwrap gifts in keeping with tradition, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of citizens who support the annual Newsday Christmas project.

What started out as a small exercise to bring joy to families who are less fortunate has ballooned into a massive annual food and toy drive, which is supported by hundreds of citizens across Trinidad and Tobago, and which benefit a number of families who are barely getting by and need a little help. Continue Reading »

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Greetings from Chile

Merry Christmas from SvP Chile

Merry Christmas from SvP Chile

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2014 Christmas Blessings & New Year’s Greetings from National President

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

I trust this greeting meets you and your membership in good health and strength.  God has been good and we have survived to celebrate another Christmas Season and my second year with you as National President.

I wish to extend not only Christmas Greetings but to again express my gratitude for your continued prayer for our work and for our beloved Society.  At this time, I urge you to seek out our friends/clients in the true Vincentian spirit, and bring them the message of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, for peace, hope and love in their lives.  Let us together as one Society, strive to be God’s witnesses in Ministry to the poor, always putting them first before ourselves.

I also take this opportunity to ask for continued prayer for our leaders and our nation as we look forward to national elections in 2015.

Attached HERE is our SVP calendar of events for 2015.

Brothers and Sisters, on behalf of the National Executive I look forward to visiting you in the coming year and I ask God’s richest blessings on you and your Conference/Council/Committee and family.

I remain,

Yours in the service of the Poor,

Angelique Taylor

National President

 

Click HERE to download the National President’s Greetings

Click HERE to download the 2015 Calendar of Events

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Advent message from Father Gregory Gay – International Head offices of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Paris.

Advent 2014: Prayer, Peace, and a Place for the Poor

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Rome, 30 November 2014

First Sunday of Advent

 

My brothers and sisters in Jesus and St. Vincent,

May the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be forever in our hearts!

The season of Advent is upon us, a time ripe for reflection on the mysteries of our faith. The

Scriptures, stories, and hymns of Advent call us to embrace prayer, to seek the peace of Christ,

and to open our hearts and hands to serve God’s chosen and our “lords and masters”, the poor.

In this Advent letter, I will share with you three simple, but profound experiences I had in one

day. They touched my heart and led me to reflect on a need for prayer, a search for peace, and a

deeper commitment to serve the poor. Continue Reading »

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Frédéric’s E-Gazette

Dear Members,
Please see the Frédéric’s E-Gazette  attached here.  It is an e-newsletter from the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul™
Click HERE to read/download the newsletter
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VMY International Bulletin

Greetings Members!
Attached is our International Bulletin…
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Click HERE to read/download the Bulletin
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Upcoming Events for the Last Quarter of 2014

To all Presidents, 

Please take note of the under-mentioned upcoming events at which we would appreciate your participation: Continue Reading »

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Feast Day of St Vincet de Paul – September 27th

St. Vincent de Paul
Lived: (1581-1660) | Feast Day: Saturday, September 27, 2014

The deathbed confession of a dying servant opened Vincent’s eyes to the crying spiritual needs of the peasantry of France. This seems to have been a crucial moment in the life of the man from a small farm in Gascony, France, who had become a priest with little more ambition than to have a comfortable life.

It was the Countess de Gondi (whose servant he had helped) who persuaded her husband to endow and support a group of able and zealous missionaries who would work among poor tenant farmers and country people in general. Vincent was too humble to accept leadership at first, but after working for some time in Paris among imprisoned galley-slaves, he returned to be the leader of what is now known as the Congregation of the Mission, or the Vincentians. These priests, with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, were to devote themselves entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages. Continue Reading »

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National President’s Address – AGM 2014

It feels like déjà vu when I stood before you one year ago to address you for the first time. The honeymoon is definitely over. Earlier this morning, you would have heard the reports of the National Honorary Secretary and the Financial Chairman on some of the work accomplished this past year in our first term of office.  I am here to say thanks for the outpouring and overwhelming response given and support shown to the Executive in our attempts to chart a new path for the Organisation. We could not have made it to today without the guidance of the Heavenly Father, and without the prayers from the brotherhood.  Continue Reading »

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Words of wisdom from Msgr Pereira – AGM 2014

If we are proud/happy with our Society we must continue to do tremendous work.  There is an absolute need for young people to come into the Society.

Quite a number of young people will benefit from engaging in this type of activity that SVP is doing. Msgr Perreira noted that SVP needs to do more to empower the people that it helps…to glorify God faithfully mindful of the .gospel.  In the day’s gospel the landowner was about making his land profitable, reaping crops and causing many people to be employed.  Like the landowner SVP needs to go out to the people who need the church.    Continue Reading »

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Report on IEC Meeting 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please find attached the report from the meeting of the the International Executive Committee, held in Lisbon (Portugal)  last June.

With fraternal greetings,

Best wishes,

Claire-Hélène de PARSEVAL
Office Administrator

Confédération Internationale
Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul
Conseil Général

http://www.ssvpglobal.org/

 

Click HERE to download the report.

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SVP Remembers…

The 21st August is a significant time in the SVP Calendar where we remember and commemorate the anniversary of the Beautification of our Founder, blessed Frederic Ozanum in August 1997 at the World Youth Day by the then Pope John Paul II, St. John Paul.  We in T& T remain true to our Founder’s teaching and ethos. Continue Reading »

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Blind Welfare Association of Trinidad and Tobago project for free cataract surgery

TO ALL INSTITUTIONS MANAGERS  &  CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS

We have learnt from the Daily Guardian that the Blind Welfare Association of Trinidad and Tobago has invited members of the public who suffer from cataracts to visit their offices to sign up for free cataract surgery, a project it hopes to approach the Government to sponsor.  Mr. Kenneth Suratt, Executive Officer of the association said that they realize there is a serious backlog of cataract patients on hospital waiting lists in T&T. Continue Reading »

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2014 Annual General Meeting

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Sunday 21st September at the Creative Arts Centre, 97c Circular Road, San Fernando.  Registration will commence from 7:30 a.m. and the day’s proceedings will commence promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Click HERE for the full letter from the association’s president.

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NEWSLETTER – International General Council

Dear Vincentians,
We are pleased to post here the  issue of the newsletter (July-August 2014) of the International  Council General.This letter covers the latest news from the International Confederation of the Society and will be published every two months.

Click HERE to view and download the newsletter.
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Annual National Rally, Sports & Family Day

It’s time again for our Annual National Rally, Sports & Family Day to be held on Sunday 27th July, 2014. This year the event will be held at the Fatima College Grounds, Mucurapo Road, Port of Spain. Continue Reading »

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REMINDER – Annual Reports due!

All Conferences are reminded to submit their Annual Financial and Statistical Reports by June 30, 2014.

Click below to download electronic copies of the templates.

Financial Report template

Statistical Report template

 

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Training for Junior Executives (Rules and Regulations of Junior Conferences)

On May 18th a training session was held for Junior Executives on the Rules and operations of Junior Conferences.  For those of you who missed it, another session will be held in August 2014 at a date to be announced.  This training will assist in helping you improve the way you conduct your meetings and plan your activities all in keeping with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s philisophy and teachings of our blessed founder.  Feel free to contact me or Creech Blenman (722-9831) to have a personal session with your group.
Yours in the poor.
 Regards,
 Angelique Taylor
National President
Click HERE for an outline of the training session held
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Updated Version of the Rule and Statutes of the Society

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Service,

The Delegate for the Rule and Statutes, the Aggregations and Institutions -David Williams-  has forwarded to us an updated version of the Rule and Statutes of the Society.  It is identical to the previously issued documents, except for the correction of some minor typing errors. Continue Reading »

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Mother’s Day Appreciation

Diego Martin Junior Conference giving a Mother's Day cake to the harworking, easily forgotten Daily Meals Kitchen staff at the Duncan Street Nazareth House

Diego Martin Junior Conference giving a Mother’s Day cake to the harworking, easily forgotten Daily Meals Kitchen staff at the Duncan Street Nazareth House

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Newsletter of the International Council General

Dear Vincentians

We are pleased to send you the first issue of the newsletter of the International Council General.   This letter covers the latest news from the International Confederation of the Society and will be published every two months. Continue Reading »

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Letter of appreciation from the National President

Dear Brother/Sister President,

The 2014 Lenten period has come to a close and I trust that the joy of Easter which celebrates the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ overflows in your lives.

On behalf of the National Executive, I wish to expressly thank you for your prayers for our Society and for conducting Spiritual retreats at both the Conference and Particular Council levels, especially during the SVP week of Lenten Prayer.  I indeed enjoyed being able to share this time with you.  Special thanks are extended to those who attended the culminating Mass at the Chapel at Nazareth House. Continue Reading »

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SVP Brunch at Seminary on April 27th

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul invites you to its annual Buffet Brunch at the Mount St. Benedict Seminary, St Augustine on Sunday 27th April, 2014 (Sunday after Easter) from 7:00am to 11:30am.

Tickets are priced at only $140 and entitles you to an assortment of coconut bake, fried bake, sada roti, salt fish buljol, bodi, pumpkin and mango, just to name a few.  There will also be live entertainment throughout the event and door prizes for attendees. Have Mass at the St Benedict Church and join us for breakfast at the Seminary, in an ambience conducive to good relaxation.

Don’t miss this one!  Bring a friend or family member and help us raise funds to continue our works of charity.  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you on April 27th.

For further information please contact the Secretariat at 625 – 3562 or email us at svdppos@tstt.net.tt

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More youth needed to keep Palm Sunday alive

Roman Catholic faithful walk along Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, during the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s annual Palm Sunday procession yesterday.  Photo: Roberto Codallo

 

Click HERE for the full article published in the Trinidad Guardian (Article by Nadaleen Singh –  Monday, April 14 2014)

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Celebrating the Passion and death of Christ

Young parishioners prepare their palm fronds for the St Vincent de Paul Annual Palm Sunday walk from its headquarters at Duncan Street to Mt Lambert yesterday.  Photo: Rattan Jadoo

 

 

Click HERE for the full article published in the T&T Newsday (Article by Marlene Augustine-  Monday, April 14 2014)

 

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Traditional Palm Sunday Walk

Dear Brother/Sister,

Our traditional Palm Sunday Walk takes place on Sunday 13th April, 2014 and as is customary, two groups will undertake the walk, one group begins at Nazareth House, Duncan Street, P.O.S. at 7:30 a.m. and the other at the Cyril Ross Nursery, El Dorado Road, Tunapuna at 8:00 a.m.  We proceed along the Eastern Main Road with prayer and song to Our Lady of the Holy Family R.C. Church where Holy Mass with the Blessing of Palms will be celebrated.

We are also pleased to let you know that tickets are available and being distributed for sale for the fundraising Buffet Brunch at the grounds of the Seminary at Mt. St. Benedict on Sunday 27th April, 2014  –  7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Your usual participation and support are expected and we look forward to seeing you.

Yours Faithfully,

Clive Belgrave

Honorary National Secretary

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Philippines appeal: Objective reached!

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL STRUCTURE

 

Dear Vincentians from all over the world,

On 8 November 2013, as you know, super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, killing thousands of people and causing huge material damage. After the appeal launched by CGI, we have now reached and exceeded our objective of raising 1 million Euros.

You are kindly invited to read our President General, Dr Michael Thio’s message of thanks:

http://en.ssvpglobal.org/1-Million-Euros-for-the-Philippines-objective-reached

Thank you very much!

 

With fraternal regards,

The Secretariat

_____________________________________________________________

Confédération Internationale

Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul

Conseil Général

6 rue de Londres

75009 Paris – France

Tél. : + 33 (0) 1 53 45 87 53

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ANNUAL REPORTS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Dear Presidents/Chairmen,

This serves to remind you that the deadline date for the submission of Annual Reports and Financial Statements is 27th June, 2014 which will allow sufficient time to prepare our AGM reports.

Please make every effort to have these reports prepared and delivered to the Secretariat on or before the required date.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Angelique Taylor

National President

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TO: ALL COMMITTEE PRESIDENTS

In an effort to keep our records up-to-date and the Executive informed, it would be appreciated if you would forward to the Secretariat, a list of the members of your committee and their contact information.

As was done in the past, we would also like to have the date, time and venue, as well as minutes of your meetings for our files.  Please note that our email address is svppos@gmail.com.

Thank you for your kind co-operation and attention.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Belgrave

Honorary National Secretary

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What to Give Up for Lent

GIVE UP grumbling! Instead, “In everything give thanks.” Constructive criticism is OK, but “moaning, groaning, and complaining” are not Christian disciplines.

GIVE UP 10 to 15 minutes in bed! Instead, use that time in prayer, Bible study and personal devotion. Continue Reading »

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WEEK of SVP REFLECTION

The Week of St Vincent dePaul Reflection begins on Saturday 15th March 2014 and ends of Friday 21st March 2014.  The week ends with a mass at noon at the chapel of the Secretariat on Duncan Street.

All are welcome to attend the mass.

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Membership Greetings from the National President – March 2014

February 28, 2014

Dear Presidents of Conferences and Councils

Lenten Preparations

As the countdown to Lent begins on the eve of Carnival Monday and Tuesday, we prepare for a time of deep prayer and reflection on our lives and on our work in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Lent is a special time in the Church’s Calendar to not only seek forgiveness for indiscretions but to grow in faith and love for our Heavenly Father and by extension, for each other. Continue Reading »

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Lenten message from the Regional Office and International Office

“Dear young people, Jesus gives us life, life in abundance.

 If we are close to him we will have joy in our hearts and a smile on our face”

Pope Francis

Tweet February 4, 2014

 

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Dear Friends of the VMY throughout the world:

In just a few weeks we will begin the season of Lent and so we take some time now to share with you the International Bulletin of the VMY.  We hope that the information that that you will find in these pages will allow you to know something more about our Association and its activities in various parts of the world.

In this edition of the Bulletin you will find a reflection on our annual theme: Walk with us as we deepen our faith!  In this same line of thought you will also find an article in the section on “formation” that deepens our understanding of accompaniment. Continue Reading »

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First woman head of St Vincent de Paul talks “One Society”

President Angelique Taylor and Archbishop Joseph Harris

President Angelique Taylor and Archbishop Joseph Harris

Angelique Taylor is the first woman to be installed as National President of the Society of St Vincent De Paul in Trinidad & Tobago.

Last September 8,  this comparatively young woman, age 43, a graduate of St Francois girls College and the University of the West Indies, accepted the challenge as head of the Society,  established in this country in 1857 as an all male society but became all-inclusive in 1973.  Today the majority of its membership is female. Continue Reading »

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New Year Address from the National President, Angelique Taylor

National President 2014

January 29, 2014

Dear Presidents of Conferences and Councils

New Year Greetings!

Isaiah 43: 18-19 says, “No need to remember past events, no need to think about what was done before. Look, I am doing something new, now it emerges; can you not see it? Yes, I am making a road in the desert and rivers in wastelands”.

This greeting comes a bit late but never too late to extend New Year sentiments to you and your membership. I share this reading with you as we start a new year and as we move forward together as “One Society“; the theme for 2014. Continue Reading »

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SVP seniors honoured, Ozanam art competition winners receive prizes

SVP Spiritual Director Fr David Khan and SVP President Angelique Taylor flank the recipients of Papal awards (from left) John Nathaniel, Bernard Alexander and Darren John (representing recipient Colly Johnson). John is president of the conference in which Johnson was a member. Photo Roger Edwards-Barran

SVP Spiritual Director Fr David Khan and SVP President Angelique Taylor flank the recipients of Papal awards (from left) John Nathaniel, Bernard Alexander and Darren John (representing recipient Colly Johnson). John is president of the conference in which Johnson was a member. Photo Roger Edwards-Barran

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) closed the celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of its founder – Blessed Frédéric Ozanam – by honouring three veteran members and presenting prizes to winners of its art competition.

Among those present were SVP Spiritual Director Fr David Khan and representatives from the two major sponsors for the art competition – the National Gas Company and the Ministry of Community Development.

SVP President Angelique Taylor told the gathering on January 4 that the bicentennial celebrations were the brainchild of the Society’s former National President, Rudolph Boneo, and his hardworking planning committee. Continue Reading »

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President’s Address at close of Bicentennial celebrations

ADDRESS by Angelique Taylor, National President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, at the Prize-Giving Ceremony for the Bicentennial Celebrations – Papal Awards & Art Competition
Sister Francis Xavier Heritage Hall, St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain
Saturday January 4, 2014. Continue Reading »

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New resources…

videoimgView videos from the Society’s President General and other Societies from around the world.

Visit the Resources page.

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Executive Announcement and Upcoming Events

01st October, 2013

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

This letter serves to introduce the new National Executive of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in the following persons and designations: Continue Reading »

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