On 9th and 10th October, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Mexico held its 175th National Assembly, with the election of Gladys Herrera Torralba as National President.
Due to the continuing pandemic situation, the members of the various regions of the country met virtually, joined by representatives of the CGI, María del Carmen Guzmán Soto, Territorial Vice President America, and Gladys Herrera Torralba, Coordinator of Zone 1.
The two days included times for guided prayer and reflection, as means to improve Vincentian formation and service. The topic for formation, “The influence of Sister Rosalie Rendú in the service and formation of the SSVP” was given by Sister María Guadalupe Santiago Santiago, from the Daughters of Charity, National Spiritual Adviser; and that on “Knowing Amélie Soulacroix Ozanam” by Luz María Ramírez González, Formation Delegate for America II. The SSVP members put their technological skills and Vincentian knowledge into practice, taking part in a virtual Dynamic coordinated by Demi Margarita, Youth Delegate in Mexico.
During the Assembly, Board members shared their activity reports, budgets and goals for the coming year. One of the most important moments was the election of the new National Council President. The list of candidates and their proposed plans were published in advance, so that members could send their votes to the National Council’s office, where they were opened and counted by the committee responsible, showing that the vote was in favour of Gladys Herrera Torralba, now President-elect for SSVP Mexico. She thanked everyone for their support and the trust placed in her to carry out this wonderful service in our beloved organisation. We were also fortunate to be able to take part remotely in the celebration of the Eucharist by Fr Arturo Hernández, C.M., and during that we renewed our Vincentian promise. It is hoped that the next Assembly will be held in person in the Casa de Ejercicios del Templo Expiatorio, in León, Guanajuato.
Source: Luz María Ramírez González (member of SSVP Mexico)