As a Vincentian for thirty-nine years it has been a blessing to service our Friends of the Poor on the Northwest side of the Archdiocese of Chicago and in Cook County, Lake County and the Southside.
It has been a path of spirituality and service in the Society as an associate, member and conference president and now treasurer of St. Pascal Conference which has a pantry and gives out clothing.
Through mentors and spiritual advisors I moved to the Chicago Council board as District VII and VIII President for two terms, then Vice-President on the board for one term. In 1990 I chaired the Special Works Program which included Meals for the Needy and Survival Pack to serve hot food and sandwich for the needy for many years. This has given a better love of what we do for each other and the needy.
It was my privilege to be part of Chicago’s hosting the 2005 National Meeting as co-chair on the Liturgy/Mass committee. This was a time to grow by sharing in spiritualty, workshops and friendship with other Vincentians throughout the country.
The big change for me was in 2006 when I became part of the education training of Vincentian through Formation Training which includes webinar and zoom training through OZAMAN ORIENTATION and other education on the spiritualty, rule and history of the Society and a better understanding and service of our Friends in Need.
In closing, all of this is steamed from our Vincentian spirituality, leadership, love of each member and outreach to the Friends of the Poor!
St. Vincent and Blessed Frederic bless us.