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THE IRISH SVP

OZANAM This magazine is named in honour of the principal founder of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul, Frederic Ozanam

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EDITOR: LINDA O’CONNELL ASSISTANT EDITOR MARY MOYLAN EDITORIAL ADVISOR: JIM WALSH DESIGN: PICA DESIGN, CORK PRINTED BY: W&G BAIRD LTD GREYSTONE PRESS, ANTRIM CIRCULATION: 6,500 ADVERTISING RATES ON REQUEST TO THE EDITOR RELEVANT ARTICLES ARE WELCOME. SEND TO THE EDITOR.

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SPRING 2018 Published Quarterly

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KIERAN STAFFORD REFLECTION MAKING A DIFFERENCE RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVE OUR VINCENTIAN FAMILY JOHN MONAGHAN KINDRED SPIRITS POVERTY STRATEGY INCREASE YOUR DONATION NEW BEGINNINGS EDUCATION – A SOUND INVESTMENT YOUNG SVP THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTHEAST CATHOLIC GUIDES IRELAND THE GUILD ST PHILIP PRISON CONFERENCE WOMEN IN VOLUNTEERING CORMAC WILSON MINIMUM WAGE CHARITY SHOPPING TRAGEDY IN ZAMBIA WE LUCKY VINCENTIANS WEST AREA GATHERING MENS COOKERY CLASSES BAILEBOROUGH SHOP CONFERENCE OZANAM COME DANCING A NEW SPRINGTIME CARNE HOLIDAY CENTRE NATIONWIDE IN TRIBUTE

Editorial Every New Year seems to bring with it a new wave of possibilities, planning and great expectations. We usually face a barrage of advertising and campaigns encouraging us to loose weight, stop smoking, stop drinking and start the year afresh by setting new goals which should help us better ourselves. Don’t misunderstand me here: there is nothing wrong with these goals, but sometimes these outside influences can result in disappointment and people feel deflated. So how do we decide on what goals or aspirations to set without it resulting in us beating ourselves up afterwards because we didn’t accomplish them or achieve what others wanted from us?

for learning. One of our greatest possibilities for growth and change is in reflecting on the lessons of not only the past year but, also, previous ones. The ability to reflect and learn is a key factor in building inner strength and finding success. By using experiences as learning opportunities, this helps us to build a strong mind-set. However, we have a choice in how we reflect on our past and we can choose to be positive because, when we reflect on the past with a positive attitude, we grow, learn, and gain energy for the future. “Failures” are simply experiments with endings we did not expect. In this edition themed “A New Year – Renewing our Commitment to Serve” are many articles and experiences from members who give their time to serve those less fortunate. And yes, I am sure that many will also have had bad experiences but this is when we need to reflect and renew our commitment. It is important for us to remember the faces of those who have smiled back at us, or stretched out their hand looking for friendship, and acknowledge that we played a part in making that person’s life a little bit better. We also need to know that these experiences are a two-way exchange because you can feel your heart well up when you are part of this type of interaction with another human being. I am sure, as you read through the spring edition, it will help each of us to reflect on our positive achievements, assess where we need to grow, and renew our commitment to serve others. Finally, I would like to acknowledge two students who have been assisting the editorial team in putting this edition together: Sean Sexton and Stephen Scannell – take a bow lads!

Most of us go through life viewing our experiences as isolated, unrelated events. We catalogue these occurrences as such but don’t use them as opportunities

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Spring 2018 SVP  
Spring 2018 SVP