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Members: Council Newsletter October 24, 2014



Mary, you continually sought out the meaning of Jesus Christ in your life, help me find the meaning of Jesus Christ in my life. St. Vincent help me to be a good servant of yours especially in helping those in need. Lord, give me the strength to seek out  and help those in need.

New Conferences

On March 31, 2012, Holy Spirit Conference of Naperville became a new Conference.  In mid 2011, Visitation Parish of Elmhurst has expressed interest in forming a new conference. Interested in becoming a New Conference, please call 630-293-9755.

In December of 2012, St. Ann's of Channahon has received start up money for a new conference. On February 15, St. Ann's elected officers for their new conference

St. Isidore of Bloomingdale has elected officers for their new conference. St. Isidore's conference became operational on July 1, 2013.

Christ the King conference in Lombard has reformed their council and they will become a new conference with their own EIN and by-laws by November 1, 2013.

St. Marys of Plainfield will become a new conference in October 2014.

Upcoming Schedule of Events:

The annual St. VIncent de Paul Society Walk for the Poor is taking place on Saturday Sept. 27th. St. Elizabeth Seton Conference of Naperville and St. Andrew the Apostle Conference of Romeoville and holding walks. If you would like to register, visit the National Council website at and sign up.

Keep In Your Prayers

Mary Thiltgen is battling her second bout with cancer.

Joseph Silvestri, our Senior apartment manager is battling leukemia.

Lucille Thomas, 102 year old mother of Stores General Manager Bill Thomas died in August 2014. Keep Lucille in your prayers.

Martha Worley, West Chicago and most recently Addison store mananger was slain by her husband on July 26. Keep Martha and her three children in your prayers.

Bob Twohill of St. Phillip Conference in Addison, died on April 22. Jan Twohill died in October of 2013. Bob was active in the Joliet Council as vice president of New Conference Expansion. Keep Bob in your prayers.

Gary Bird, past president of Sacred Heart Conference in Lombard passed away on January 20, 2013 and funeral services were held on January 24. Keep Gary in your prayers.

Joyce Milder, wife of Clem Milder of St. John the Baptist Conference, passed away on January 6, 2013.

Financial Assistance Status

Reimbursement requests for October should be forwarded by October 27 for payment at the end of that week. The maximum cap amount for any conference is $1500 per month. The Joliet Council has reimbursed Conferences for $253,000 for FY 2014. The stores transferred $274,000 for FY 2014.

Car Program Status

For the fiscal year 2014, the Joliet Diocesan Council  received 23 cars  and gave away 7 cars. The National Car Program processed 10 cars for this period. The waiting list for the car program is at 10 names. 

Conference Notable Achievements

For 2012, Immaculate Conception Conference of Morris has received a $2000 grant from the Friends of the Poor Walk.

Holy Trinity Conference received the Rosalie Rendu Award for Conference Standards of Excellence. They were the first conference in the USA to receive the award. Congratulations to the members of Holy Trinity conference.

Conference Aggregation Applications for 2012

St. Joan of Arc Conference of Lisle, St. Patrick Conference of Yorkville and St. Mary Conference of West Chicago were approved by the International Council General on June 17, 2012.

Joliet Conferences Need Financial Assistance

The Joliet Council has four Conferences that do not have much money with which to operate. If your Conference can support any of these conferences, please call our Coucil office at 630-293-9755 and a plan can be worked out.