In 1970, Brian Lenten joined the St Vincent de Paul Society in Bendigo and this year he celebrates 50 years as a member working tirelessly supporting people in need.
Although no longer actively involved in the Society's work, Brian welcomes visitors and loves to chat about the work he has done as a member and through his numerous roles at conference, region and State Council positions. Brian has served as a State Council Vice-President twice and was also a member on both the Social Justice and Membership & Leadership committees.
Brian strongly believes that the 'hand out' should wherever possible be accompanied by the 'hand up' when serving people in need.
He is also a strong supporter of the role of advocacy in achieving long-term structural change to address entrenched poverty. Advocacy is a necessary complement to the Society’s practical work.
Brian’s life is guided by the lessons of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and he marvels that lessons from the 1830s are still relevant today. As Brian sees it, being a Vincentian is not a single component of his life; it is a way of being and permeates all aspects of life-faith, family, friendships, work and retirement. Each aspect complements the other and provides valuable lessons.
Congratulations and thank you on 50 years as a Vincentian, Brian!