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Goal of the Event

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  1. To understand systemic change as it was practiced by Vincent and to apply the principles to the ministries within the Vincentian Family today

    • provide a basic understanding of the principles of systemic change
    • provide examples of how it is already occurring within the Vincentian Family
    • invite members to reflect on their own ministries
    • discern how current ministries exemplify systemic change; and/or
    • explore what initiatives might move a project from direct service to systemic change.

  2. Engage in initial discussion with persons in other branches of the family and various parts of North America

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About the Presenters

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Caroljean Willie is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education. She has extensive experience working cross-culturally both in the United States and abroad as a teacher, teacher trainer, and retreat director. She has been involved with education at all levels from kindergarten through adults and has worked with education, healthcare, and faith-based communities as a cultural diversity consultant. She has worked in the Eastern Caribbean, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic and currently works with microfinancing projects in Africa. She is the author of Praying All Ways: A Multiple Intelligences Approach to Prayer and the Columban Global/Mission Awareness K-8 program Journey with Jesus. She is also a national speaker at catechetical and education conferences. She currently resides in the greater New York area where she serves as the NGO representative at the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity Federation.


Gene Smith is Executive Director of the Seton Institute, the international development organization of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest non-profit Catholic health care system. Seton Institute’s purpose is to support the healthcare ministries of women religious in developing countries. Mr. Smith is an affiliate of the Daughters of Charity, and has worked with the Daughters of Charity since 1971 in social work and healthcare administration. Mr. Smith has been a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for 38 years and is the immediate past President of the Council of the United States. In this capacity he is also a member of the Vincentian Family and also serves on the Vincentian Family Commission on the Promotion of Systemic Change.

He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s in Business Administration. In 2005, Mr. Smith was ordained a deacon in the Archdiocese of San Francisco where he now serving in the parish of Saint Raphael. He is married to Nina who is a Lady of Charity and a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. They have three children and two grandchildren.

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Sr. Mary Lou Stubbs has been a Daughter of Charity since she was a teenager and has preferred to use system-based approaches to address complex issues for most of her Vincentian life. Developing and stabilizing programs so that they can be sustained and grown by the local level has been a pattern throughout her years of healthcare and her past 20 years in community-based ministries.

Her three years of ministry as Director of Catholic Charities of Arkansas (CCA) has focused on developing a state wide response to multiple needs. Parish Social Ministries was formalized in 2008 with a systemic change grant from the Congregation of the Mission.

Guided education and mentoring assists parishes to use the pastoral cycle to develop intentional and sustainable ministries. Parishes also collaborate with CCA programs such as disaster recovery, immigration and criminal violence outreach, summer institutes for youth who return to their parishes and start ministries, refugee resettlement, emergency assistance, prison ministries, community education, and political advocacy. The Ladies of Charity of Arkansas, moderated by Sister Mary Lou, has initiated local and international collaborative projects.

Sean Patrick Sanford

Founder & Executive Director
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Sean founded the Center for FaithJustice in 2006 after a decade of experience working with Catholic faith communities, youth, young adults, social justice education, and nonprofit organizations. A 1997 graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Sean has studied Theology at Union Theological Seminary, Pastoral Spanish at the Mexican American Cultural Center, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Religion Department at Temple University. Prior to founding the Center, Sean served as a retreat coordinator for the Arch-Diocese of Philadelphia, Pastoral Assistant at the Catholic Community of St. Charles Borromeo (Skillman, NJ), and Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Seminary (Princeton, NJ). Sean has facilitated hundreds of presentations for parishes, schools, and conferences throughout country on a range of topics including pastoral ministry, justice education and activism, and social entrepreneurship, among others. Sean has served as a consultant to religious and educational leaders, nonprofit executives and members of the business community on a variety of issues. His academic interests include Catholic studies, American Religious History, Ethics, Political Theory, and a diverse range of cultural studies, including gender, sexuality, critical and social theory, and diasporic religion.

Mary Ann Dantuono

is the Associate Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University and adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies. Prior to joining the Vincentian Center, Ms. Dantuono served the R.C. Diocese of Rockville Centre as the Director of Public Policy and Legal Affairs for Catholic Charities. An expert on women’s issues for the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, she is also on the boards of several human service organizations. She is presently on the Board of Directors of Ladies of Charity USA and serves as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Mrs. Dantuono served as member of the Social Policy Committee of Catholic Charities USA for over 10 years and from 1996-99 as an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Women. She was a member of the New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee from 1993-96. Mrs. Dantuono earned a Juris Doctor at St. John’s University School of Law.

Michael Burke

is a founding Director and Vice-chair of the Board of the North End United Housing Cooperative a 131 residential unit amalgamation of four financially distressed housing cooperatives in the inner city of Halifax. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors and now Executive Director of Hope Cottage, a Halifax based Soup Kitchen run by SSVP. He served as the Canadian Vice-National President of SSVP from 1995-2001 and National President from 2001-2007.
He is the proud father of five children now all married and a very blessed grandfather of thirteen grandchildren.
He is the president of Burke Engineering Ltd. a civil engineering consulting company operating in Nova Scotia Canada.
He is the founder and Managing Director of Street Feat a Halifax based street paper.
Michael is a big Sydney Crosby and Team Canada Hockey fan.

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