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Handbook for Conferences

This Guide for conferences is based on the Rule of the Society, as well as on writings about the Society, its founders and leaders, as well as on Vincentian tradition, history and spirit, from all the member countries of the Confederation.

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Talk by Professor Guzmán Carriquiry

On 13 June 2019, at the annual meeting of the CGI, held this year in Porto, Professor Guzmán Carriquiry, of the Pontifical Council for Latin America, gave a notable lecture on “the role of the laity in the Church of Pope Francis”. Professor Guzmán Carriquiry emphasizes the unity and complementary of all ministries, founded on the same original grace given to all: that of baptism,

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Fundamental principles of the Conference


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It was in 1833 that a group of young French students, including Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, formed the first Conference of Charity in Paris, with the aim of increasing the holiness of its members through the practice of works of mercy...

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How to Speak in Public

Mastery of public speaking is fundamental to getting a message across with clarity and strength. Today we know that it is a quality we can work on and improve.  In this PowerPoint we try to present the basic tools that will help us develop our ability to speak in public.

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How to act rightly


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Conflicts can sometimes arise within our Conferences or Councils, signs of the pride hidden in each one of us. This presentation helps us to identify our areas of darkness, and gives us safe ways to fight them: humility and friendship...

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Poverty and systemic change


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The systemic approach helps resolve situations of poverty by acting on the whole set of circumstances, and not just on one factor. So this presentation gives some of the concepts of this new way of working, promoted particularly by the Vincentian Family...

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History, Origins


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"Only one thing could hinder us and lead us astray: a change in our first intention; forgetful [...] of the humble simplicity that first presided over our meetings, made us love our obscurity without seeking to hide and perhaps earned us our later growth and development". Frédéric Ozanam (1st May 1841)

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Vicentian spirituality


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A introduction to Vincentian spirituality. The main principles. Saint Vincent, his conversion and his work. It all flows from Saint Vincent’s extraordinary discovery:  Christ is hidden in the poor person. Serving the poor person, I am serving Christ himself, I am touching him...

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The home visit


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The visit is the main work of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. How do we set about it? Where do we find the people to visit? Practical advice for conducting the encounter properly, for preparing for it well. Tips to keep the conversation going, the pitfalls to avoid. And always a model to contemplate: Christ himself.

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Relations with international organisations and with the Church


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A first part, devoted to the UN councils: ECOSOC, Human Rights Commission, UNESCO. What is the role of each of these? How does the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul work with other Christian organisations within these bodies, to protect the voice of those in need, and to contribute to the coming of a just and fair society?

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