“Serving Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties in Illinois ”
OUR MISSION The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a network of friends inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.
Dear Rockford Vincentians, If your conferences are like mine, you have been extremely busy with assisting those in need. It just seems that the number of cases and the amounts of assistance has increased significantly. This can take a toll on our spiritual and physical energy. We need to step back and energize our life force. There are many ways to combat the exhaustion and connect o your deepest inner self.
The Rockford Council invites all of you to attend our Annual Fall Festival and breathe in the inspiration of our key note speaker, Deacon Allen Tatara, who will provide us an uplifting retreat on Re-Energizing your Spiritual Batteries.
SAVE THE DATE: September 30, Christ the Teacher DeKalb, 9:00am Mass with Bishop David Malloy followed by breakfast and retreat. Get ready to be inspired!!
Deacon Allen Tatara is a dynamic and fiery speaker, preacher, storyteller, musician, and evangelizer. He loves sharing his God-given gifts in his ministries and is truly humbled to be in service to God and his people. He ministers around the country giving engaging presentations, parish missions, and retreats for diocesan and parish audiences. He has motivated and inspired groups of all ages to a greater awareness of how to recognize God’s presence in their daily lives through his unique blend of storytelling, humor, music, and deep-seeded spirituality. Deacon Allen is also a published author and blogger. He is published in Give Us This Day, one of the most popular Catholic devotionals on the market. His blog, On the Inside; On the Outside, is a collection of writings about how work and the circumstances of everyday life are opportunities for growing closer to God and serving others. www.deaconallen.com.
He is also an accomplished songwriter and has had some of his songs recorded by a Nashville recording artist. For more than 24 years, he was the lead guitarist and a vocalist in The Gold Coast Orchestra, one of Chicago’s most energetic dance bands. Deacon Allen is a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Ordained in 2009, he serves at SS. Matthew and Hubert Parish in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He has been involved with teens and young adults for more than 30 years, and is blessed to work alongside his wife, Stephanie, as Youth Ministry Coordinators at the parish. He is also the proud father of three young adult sons.
Your Servant Leader, Susan
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Rockford Council is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Council are deductible. The Council's tax identification number is 06-1640220.