The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia held a National Congress on 27-29 October 2023.
Image: (standing) Andy Rajapakse of Rotary International, moderator Geraldine Doogue AO, Mark Gaetani, SVDP National President
(sitting) Rebecca Bromhead, Society Member and Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Diocese of Parramatta.
Congress 2023+ brought together Society Leaders from across Australia to reflect on the Society’s strategic vision on critical matters relating to membership, mission and spirituality, and to guide the direction of the Society into the future.
The program included keynote presentations and workshops to capture the views of members on key future challenges, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and renewal.
Image: Brendan Kerin (L) and Mark Gaetani (R)
This milestone event, the first Congress since 2017, provided a unique opportunity for Society leadership to come together to explore common obstacles and realities facing the Society as a whole, as well as each State and Territory Council and Conferences Australia-wide.
Congress 2023+ will be a crucial step in the Society’s membership revitalisation agenda, following Vincentian leaders discussing barriers to membership and envisioning what our good works and conference involvements should, look like in the time ahead.