I think I met Mary
July 28, 2015
"Who is Mary?" That was the question posed in a Sunday homily. Father went on to tell us that Mary is a woman like all women, a woman like us. It made me think...
(read more)
Earthquake in Napal and Cyclone in Vanuatu
May 2, 2015
Please read the following appeal from the International Council; the people of Nepal could really use our help and prayers. If you are able to contribute, please send your cheque to ONRC:
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - Ontario Regional Council
PO Box 20069
Chatham, ON N7L 5K6

and we will issue a single cheque to National with all of our efforts.
Appeal for Donations
Appel aux Dons
It is only fair...
June 14, 2015
The movement to increase the minimum wage to $ 15.00 per hour is an important step forward to implement a living wage for everyone. No one who works full time should live in poverty! 15 and fair

To all Ontario Vincentians - please read this important message:

All good things come to an end, and we are drawing close to the end of term for our Regional President, Jim Paddon. As you know, there are strict rules for terms of office, and the Regional President term of office is 5 years. Jim's term expires on July 1, 2016.

We thank Jim for his years of service as our President. Ontario Region has made many strides forward under his guidance and leadership, most notably in the fields of Social Justice and Systemic Change projects. We are expanding into the north, North of 60 program, to help our brothers and sisters in need there. We have benefitted from his strong belief in the role that spirituality plays in guiding our Vincentian actions and endeavours. Jim may be stepping down as our President but he will remain active in our region, and nationally on the Social Justice committee there.

The Nomination process to seek eligible candidates for the new President begins now and closes on October 17, 2015 12:01 a.m. All nomination forms must be received at the address of the Election Committee chair by that date. The Election Committee will then review the nominations and take whatever additional steps are necessary to determine the name of the new president by January 1, 2016. This will allow the new President time to be mentored by Jim until July 1, 2016, when the official duties of ONRC President will be transferred from Jim Paddon to the New President.

Pease read all attached items - Nomination Call to Action - the official Nomination notice - and the Nomination Form. You may have heard Jim speak at our June AGA meeting. Now it is time to get involved in determining who will be our next Ontario President.

Mary Grad, Chair, Election Committee

International Aid: CIAD
June 1, 2015
The CIAD is a commission of the Council General of the International Confederation (which headquarters are in Paris). Its main role is to provide international aid to countries where the SSVP is present. This help may be humanitarian in the case of natural or man-made disasters: emergency disaster funding and rehabilitation programme funding...(read more)
What Parishes can do to...
Minister to prisoners
June 28, 2015
"Whatever you do, don't let them close the chapel. It's the only place where I can go where I'm not absolutely terrified."

A man in his early twenties who is serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison spoke these words to me.(read more)
A New Conference in Nunivut
Jun 3, 2015
Thanks to the dedicated work of Joann Laviolette, president of Whitby's Holy Family conference, and Sisters Fernande Rivard SASV and Dorica Sever FMM, Whale Cove now has its own Saint Vincent de Paul Confererence...
(read more)
Please Remember in your Prayers
July 15, 2015
Paul Dole - President - St. Theresa of the Child Jesus parish Conference Ottawa ON. Paul is very ill and requires all the prayers he can receive for improved health at this time.