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ELECTION DU NOUVEAU PRESIDENT DE LA SSVP – LIBAN

A l'expiration du mandat (2012 - 2018) de la présidente, Madame Ella Salhab Bitar, et conformément aux statuts internes de la Société de Saint Vincent de Paul - Liban, M. Paul Fakher El Kallassi a été élu comme président de la Société au Liban.
L'élection a eu lieu le dimanche 13 Mai 2018, au siège du Conseil national de la Société à Bourj Hammoud, en présence du collège électoral.
M. Paul El Kallassi, nouveau président, est la personne que le Saint Esprit a choisi au service des pauvres.
Par sa simplicité, sa modestie et son humilité, sera un exemple à suivre.
Par sa spiritualité, il aimera, écoutera et orientera les membres de la SSVP Liban.
Par ses compétences, il fera progresser la Société à tous les niveaux.
Prions pour sa mission.

The mandate of the National President of the SSVP in Lebanon, Mrs. Ella Bitar, has expired on May 6th, 2018. In accordance with the Internal Statutes of the SSVP, Mr. Paul Fakher El Kallassi was elected as the new President of the SSVP in Lebanon. The election took place on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the Headquarters of the National Council of the Society in Bourj Hammoud, in the presence of the Electoral College.
Mr. Paul El Kallassi, the new President, is the person whom the Holy Spirit has chosen to serve the poor. By his simplicity, his modesty and his humility, he will be an example to follow. By his spirituality, he will love, listen and guide the members of the SSVP Lebanon. By using his skills and expertise, the Society will advance and improve at all levels. Let us all pray for his new mission.

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Newsletter Ozanam Network - N°1 - April 2018 Edition

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« LEKMAT MAHABBA 2018 » the yearly Elderly Lunch Event

Le déjeuner annuel LEKMAT MAHABBA 2018 fut un grand succès!

Comme à son habitude et pour célébrer l’anniversaire de son Fondateur, le Bienheureux Frédéric Ozanam, la Société de Saint Vincent de Paul Liban a organisé LEKMAT MAHABBA, son déjeuner annuel le lundi 9 Avril 2018 au Forum de Beyrouth.

Avec un dynamisme exceptionnel, les vincentiens (SSVP & JMV), les bénévoles (Banque Audi Volunteer Program, Rotaract Beirut Center & CNAM Nahr Ibrahim) et leurs amis, quelque 300 personnes en tout, ont pris en charge LEKMAT MAHABBA 2018 et ont offert un service digne d’une réception royale.

En effet, plus de 1300 invités – venus de diverses régions et ONGs – y prirent part et emportèrent avec eux le souvenir d'une journée extraordinaire.
La joie était au rendez vous à tout moment : l’ambiance festive, la variété des plats, la richesse des desserts, les cadeaux de retour… et, cerise sur le gâteau, le programme de divertissement a jalonné la journée ; pour la troisième année consécutive, la jeune présentatrice, Romy Haddad, fut le maitre de cérémonie. Le programme débuta avec un danseur brésilien, membre de la troupe PASSOS ALLEGRES, avec lequel les invités commencèrent à danser. L’animation continua avec la parade PEPPERS FLAVOR.
Au moment du déjeuner, la chanteuse Rose Assaf Moubarak, accompagnée par les musiciens Roland & Najib Khoury, chanta des chansons du répertoire traditionnel libanais
Entretemps, les jeunes ont voulu honorer la présidente Ella Bitar en lui offrant un trophée et un bouquet de fleurs en appréciation de son œuvre au sein de la SSVP.
Après le déjeuner, la ZAFFET MAJD LEBNAN a donné le spectacle de clôture dans une ambiance électrisée. La fin de la journée fut marquée par la distribution de cadeaux de retour remarquables aux invités.

Toute cette ambiance, toute cette générosité n'auraient pu avoir lieu sans l’assistance et la générosité des donateurs :
Forum de Beyrouth – Blue Sound SAL – LA Production SARL – Georges Chahoud Photography - Peppers Flavor – Passos Alegres SARL - Commercial Insurance SAL – ALFA (Mobile Interim Company 1) – Bank Audi SAL – Banque Libano-Française SAL – Fransabank – First National Bank SAL – Creditbank – Byblos Bank – Bank of Beirut & Arab Countries - Rotaract Beirut Center – Fidelity Assurance & Reinsurance Co. SAL - Sanita SAL – Kababji – Nazira Catering - Café Abi Nasr –– BlackOlive Catering – Fruitastic juices by Kassatly Chtaura – Aliya Drinking Water – PEPSI (S.M.L.C.) - Saniour – Zeit Boulos – Wooden Bakery - Furn Al Nasr – Furn Al Sultan – Ets. Aziz – Acotrade – Nicolas Audi Catering – Monsieur Vincent Catering – BLU Cake – Éclair – Bourj Al Hamam – Golden Star – Junal SARL.

Au plaisir de vous revoir l’année prochaine.

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Visite récente de madame Bitar au nouveau local de la Conférence Saint Georges Dekwaneh

« Le voilà, tel qu’il était il y a 2 ans. Et voici comment je l’ai trouvé lors de ma dernière visite : métamorphosé grâce à la solidarité Vincentienne et à la force des bras des jeunes Vincentiens de la Conférence…
Une ruche et des essaims d’abeilles, dynamisme !
Un centre d’accueil qui a déjà ses habitués.
Les heures s’y égrènent au rythme des va-et-vient : Une vieille dame vient saluer les Vincentiens et reçoit l’aide à laquelle elle est habituée … un jeune homme vient déposer une donation d’aliments et s’en va … ainsi de suite …

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Newsletter Ozanam Network N ° 4 – December 2017 Edition

Dine & be giving

DINE & BE GIVING

Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance and the generous support by the Embassy of Lebanon accredited to the United Arab Emirates, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Lebanon held a remarkable Charity Dinner “DINE & BE GIVING” in Abu Dhabi, at the Beach Rotana Hotel on Friday December 8, 2017. All proceeds of the dinner go for supporting the construction of the SSVP’s Specialized Alzheimer Care Center located in Chahtoul, Lebanon.

Attending the event, the Lebanese ambassador to UAE, Mr. Hassan Saad, and the Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Mr. Nohad El Machnouk, were delighted by the presence of – not only Lebanese expatriates who are very deeply attached to their mother country – but also by the cream of UAE’s high society!
At the event, SSVP’s president Mrs. Ella Salhab Bitar, gave a keynote speech in which she first welcomed and thanked the attendee’s support provided to the SSVP, and described briefly the work SSVP is doing all through Lebanon. Along with a short documentary, Mrs. Bitar announced proudly the launching of the specialized Alzheimer Care Center and called on to strengthen solidarity and unity with elderly in need.

The enthusiastic audience present at the event was made aware of the challenging situation patients with Alzheimer’s disease face.

Dr. Raad Nari, FRCP (UK) Consultant physician, gave an intervention at the event in which he addressed the audience on how to read early signs of Alzheimer’s disease in their loved ones and how to provide help at early stages.
Everyone enjoyed the night! The well acclaimed music composer and pianist Guy Manoukian, entertained the whole evening in a wonderful music program and made it a night to remember! The event was indeed a success.
With God’s help and your support that give us renewed ambition and inspiration, we strongly continue to serve and dare!
The door to donation is still open:
Through a transfer to SSVP account at Bank Audi SAL:
LBP 088587 461 001 009 25 IBAN LB22 0056 0000 8858 7461 0010 0925
USD 088587 461 002 009 39 IBAN LB27 0056 0000 8858 7461 0020 0939
EUROS 088587 461 044 009 03 IBAN LB13 0056 0000 8858 7461 0440 0903

Or by donating online through SSVP Website:
https://www.stvincent-lb.org/vincent/?page_id=28

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SSVP visits the Lebanese First Lady Nadia El-Chami Aoun

التقت السيدة عون، وفداً من جمعية مار منصور دي بول، برئاسة السيدة ايلا بيطار، التي تحدثت في بداية اللقاء عن ظروف تأسيس الجمعية. وهي عالمية لديها فروع في 150 بلدا، و43 فرعا في لبنان منتشرة في مختلف المناطق، وتعنى بتقديم الرعاية لكثيرين في مجالات التربية والتعليم والصحة.
واطلع الوفد اللبنانية الاولى على نشاطات الجمعية والمشاريع التي تنوي تنفيذها، لاسيما ما يتعلق منها بتوسيع مجالات عملها وتأهيل مراكزها التي تشمل مدرسة في منطقة برج حمود، وكنيسة في وسط بيروت، اضافة الى عدد من المشاغل والمستوصفات ومركز متخصص يستقبل المصابين بداء الالزهايمر في منطقة شحتول.

وتحدثت السيدة بيطار عن الصعوبات والتحديات التي تواجه الجمعية، لاسيما في ما خص مدرسة مار منصور دي بول في منطقة برج حمود والتي تعاني من صعوبات مادية واصبحت، كغيرها من المدارس شبه المجانية، مهددة نتيجة الاوضاع الاقتصادية الصعبة.
بدورها، رحبت السيدة عون بالوفد معربة عن دعمها وتشجيعها لكل ما تقوم به الجمعية من نشاطات تنموية واجتماعية، مشيرة الى اهمية تأمين الاستمرارية لها كي تتمكن، كغيرها من الجمعيات، من خدمة المهمشين والمعوّزين والاطفال وكبار السن، من دون اي تفرقة او تمييز، مشددة في الوقت نفسه على ضرورة إعادة بناء وتنمية مؤسسات الدولة كي تقوم بمهامها في هذا المجال.
وضم الوفد الى السيدة بيطار السادة: خليل نادر، بول الكلاسي، المحامي اندره معلوف، مارك ابي كرم، فاديا هيكل وكلارا الكلاسي.

Mrs. Nadia Aoun met with a delegation from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, presided by Mrs. Ella Bitar, president of SSVP Lebanon. She presented briefly how the Society was founded in Lebanon in the year 1860. The Society is an international NGO with branches in more than 150 countries. It has 43 branches in Lebanon spread across different regions and whose mission is to serve the poor in many fields; education, health and more while respecting one’s dignity.

The SSVP delegation briefed Mrs. Aoun on the activities and the ongoing projects, especially those related to expansion; such as: the Saint Vincent de Paul School in Bourj Hammoud, Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Downtown Beirut, Mr Vincent workshop in Cornet Chehwan, the SSVP Community Clinics in different locations, and the specialized Alzheimer Care Center in Chahtoul.

Mrs. Bitar pointed out the difficulties and challenges the SSVP is facing; especially the Saint Vincent de Paul School in Bourj Hammoud that suffers today like other semi-free schools in Lebanon, from financial difficulties and is threatened to be closed down due to the recent difficult economic situation.
Mrs. Aoun welcomed the delegation and expressed her support and encouragement for all the social and development activities carried out by the SSVP, noting the importance of guaranteeing its continuity in Lebanon so that it can, like other associations, serve the marginalized, needy, children and elderly without discrimination. In addition, she insisted on the need to rebuild and develop the State Institutions to carry out their duty.
With Mrs. Ella Bitar, the delegation included: Khalil Nader, Paul El Kallassi, Andre Maalouf, Marc Abi Karam, Fadia Haykal and Clara El Kallassi.

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President General's message for Christmas – December 2017

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Newsletter Ozanam Network N ° 3 – October 2017 Edition

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Dinner صوتنا عبر إعلامنا

في إطار سعيها لإعادة إعمار كنيستها المهدّمة في الوسط التجاري في بيروت، أقامت الجمعيّة حفل عشاء، نهار الخميس في 25 أيار 2017، لتكريم أبرز الشخصيّات الإعلاميّة، وزير الإعلام ملحم رياشي، ورئيس نقابة المحرّرين الياس عون، ورئيس نقابة الصحافيّين عوني الكعكي، ورئيس نادي الصحافة الإعلاميّ بسّام أبو زيد. وقد حضر الحفل شخصيّات سياسيّة وإعلاميّة بارزة لدعم الجمعيّة والإصرار على رسالتها. رحّبت رئيسة الجمعيّة إيلّا بيطار بالحاضرين، خصوصًا الإعلاميّين منهم. وقالت "أنَّهُ بدونِ صوتِكم لا صوتَ لنا". ووصفت الإعلاميّين برسل السّلام ونوّهت بدورهم في دعم مشروع ترميم الكنيسة لأن المبنى ليس كنيسة فقط بل مركزًا لجميع الناس ورمزًا للبنان. وشدّدت على ضرورة محو آثار الحرب والدّمار، وأصرّت أنه من دون دعم الإعلام المشروع لن يتحقّق وللإعلام قوّة كبيرة وصوته يصل للجميع. وأكّد وزير الإعلام ملحم رياشي، أثناء تسلّمه الدرع التكريميّ، على أهميّة دور الجمعيّة إنسانيًّا وإجتماعيًّا وثقافيًّا. وأعلن أن قرار إعادة ترميم كنيسة مار منصور دي بول اتّخذ. وطلب من الجميع المساعدة والمساهمة. كذلك الإعلامي بسّام أبو زيد صرّح أن نادي الصحافة سيدعم مشروع الجمعيّة عبر أي خدمة إعلاميّة تطلب منه. وعلى صعيد آخر، استلمت الإعلامية ريما صيرفي الدرع التكريمي بالنيابة عن رئيس نقابة المحرّرين الياس عون. كما استلمت الإعلاميّة مي شدياق الدرع التكريمي بالنيابة عن رئيس نقابة الصحافيّين عوني الكعكي، وأكّدت على عطاء وعمل الخير في الجمعيّة، ودعت الجميع للمساعدة والتبرّع.

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Newsletter Ozanam Network N ° 2 – July 2017 Edition

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Annual Meeting of the SSVP International Council General

Paris, June 13 – 18, 2017

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Ella Bitar, president of SSVP Lebanon and ITVP (International Territorial Vice Presidents) for Middle East and North Africa attended the Annual Meeting of the SSVP ICG among 75 other SSVP members (Executive committee of the National Board, ITVPs and their coordinators).
Brother Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16th International President of SSVP, gave an opening message sharing the motto of the CGI Leadership, quoting Jesus: "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all."

Such meetings happen once a year where SSVP Officials gather and share updates and latest news happening each at his own region. The purpose is to maintain the network of charity initiated by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, principal founder of the SSVP.

After that the new ITVPs were appointed and awarded the official/symbolic CGI Pins, each had the opportunity to present SSVP in his own region. Ella Bitar, Mideast ITVP, gave a global presentation covering the blessings and difficulties occurring in the restless Mideast. Finally, she concluded in a message of hope she sees as continuity of the SSVP Mideast. She believes it is happening through the commitment of SSVP volunteers and youths, the training sessions given to SSVP members, leading definitely to an exceptional expansion of the SSVP.

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Fundraising Dinner Event "صوتنا عبر إعلامنا"

Date: Thursday May 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut – Ballroom Waltz

As part of its efforts to rebuild SVP ruined church in Beirut's commercial center, the SSVP held a fundraising dinner event on Thursday May 25 2017 to honor the most prominent media personalities, Minister of Information Melhem Riachi, President of the Syndicate of Editors Elias Aoun, President of the Journalists Syndicate Awni Al-Kaaki, and President of Press Media Club Bassam Abu Zeid. The event was attended by prominent political and media personalities to support the Society and its mission.
Mrs. Ella Bitar, President of SSVP Lebanon, welcomed the attendees, especially the media professionals. "Without your voice our voice cannot reach everyone" she said, and described them as messengers of peace and noted their role in supporting SVP Church reconstruction project. Reminding everyone that it is not just a church but a center open for all and a symbol for Lebanon, she continued stressing on the need of wiping away the effects of war and destruction, and insisted that without media support, the project will not be achieved.
While receiving the honoring award, the Minister of Information, H.E Melhem Riachi, highlighted on the importance of SSVP and its role in today’s society humanitarianly, socially and culturally. He also announced that the decision to renovate the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul is taken, addressing everyone to help and contribute in making this decision a reality.
In the same spirit, Mr. Bassam Abu Zeid said that the Press Media Club will support SSVP project in any media service it requests of him. On the other hand, Mrs. Rima Sairafi received the honoring award on behalf of the President of the Syndicate of Editors Mr.Elias Aoun. Moreover, Mrs. May Chidiac received the honoring award on behalf of the President of the Journalists Syndicate Mr. Awni Alkaaki, and assured the affectionate and good work SSVP is achieving in Lebanon and called everyone to help and donate.

في إطار سعيها لإعادة إعمار كنيستها المهدّمة في الوسط التجاري في بيروت، أقامت الجمعيّة حفل عشاء، نهار الخميس في 25 أيار 2017، لتكريم أبرز الشخصيّات الإعلاميّة، وزير الإعلام ملحم رياشي، ورئيس نقابة المحرّرين الياس عون، ورئيس نقابة الصحافيّين عوني الكعكي، ورئيس نادي الصحافة الإعلاميّ بسّام أبو زيد. وقد حضر الحفل شخصيّات سياسيّة وإعلاميّة بارزة لدعم الجمعيّة والإصرار على رسالتها.
رحّبت رئيسة الجمعيّة إيلّا بيطار بالحاضرين، خصوصًا الإعلاميّين منهم. وقالت "أنَّهُ بدونِ صوتِكم لا صوتَ لنا". ووصفت الإعلاميّين برسل السّلام ونوّهت بدورهم في دعم مشروع ترميم الكنيسة لأن المبنى ليس كنيسة فقط بل مركزًا لجميع الناس ورمزًا للبنان. وشدّدت على ضرورة محو آثار الحرب والدّمار، وأصرّت أنه من دون دعم الإعلام المشروع لن يتحقّق وللإعلام قوّة كبيرة وصوته يصل للجميع..
وأكّد وزير الإعلام ملحم رياشي، أثناء تسلّمه الدرع التكريميّ، على أهميّة دور الجمعيّة إنسانيًّا وإجتماعيًّا وثقافيًّا. وأعلن أن قرار إعادة ترميم كنيسة مار منصور دي بول اتّخذ. وطلب من الجميع المساعدة والمساهمة..
كذلك الإعلامي بسّام أبو زيد صرّح أن نادي الصحافة سيدعم مشروع الجمعيّة عبر أي خدمة إعلاميّة تطلب منه. وعلى صعيد آخر، استلمت الإعلامية ريما صيرفي الدرع التكريمي بالنيابة عن رئيس نقابة المحرّرين الياس عون. كما استلمت الإعلاميّة مي شدياق الدرع التكريمي بالنيابة عن رئيس نقابة الصحافيّين عوني الكعكي، وأكّدت على عطاء وعمل الخير في الجمعيّة، ودعت الجميع للمساعدة والتبرّع

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Mr Vincent Open Door Event

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Newsletter Ozanam Network N° 1 - March 2017 Edition

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Un rai de lumière en Égypte

A short reflection by Ella Bitar, ITVP Mideast, after her visit to SSVP Egypt in March 2017.

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Global Training in SSVP Lebanon

As announced at the General Assembly in June 2016, the Council General International (CGI) finalized the Global Training Sessions available to all Vincentians. SSVP Lebanon has started with the Global Training sessions after translating the documents to Arabic. Sessions started on Wednesday March 29, and will be spread over 7 months including separate sessions for the SSVP Youth Members. Conferences being spread all over Lebanon, 4 different locations are available making it easier for them to attend.
The aim is to give all members of the SSVP an identical and consistent message, without subjective interpretation, but being filled with the spirit of the Society and describing the way it works internally.

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The President General's Circular Letter

Brother Renato Lima de Oliveira, 16th President General of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, issues his first Circular Letter which is the means by which President Generals have traditionally communicated directly with members of the Society, beloved members of Conferences, throughout the world inviting them to reflect on key topics.

The Circular Letter has five parts: “Introduction”, “Agenda of the General Council”, “Recommendations to Vincentians”, “2017 - Year dedicated to Bailly” and “Conclusion”.

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The Vincentian Family celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism

Congratulations!
As our Vincentian Family marks the 400th Anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian charism, we celebrate this historic moment in our lives. It is a two-fold moment of grace for all the daughters and sons of the Vincentian Movement.
Stay tuned for more celebratory events to come!

Christmas Message of the President General for the year 2016

Watch the Video in English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gOY8P4mRHA

Watch the Video in Spanish and French:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpkHWWUcdak

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CIG Newsletter - Christmas 2016 Edition

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SSVP National Congress 2016

The Congress will be held on November 12 & 13 at Deir Saydet El Bir – Bekannaya with addresses by significant speakers.

Looking forward for this special gathering to strengthen the role of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Lebanon.

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The Blue Santa Operation

Find the Christmas Socks in MEDCO Stations and Share your Joy by Donating your Toys.

More details

Frederic Ozanam Center, Burj Hamoud, facing the Municipal stadium. Metn. PO Box 16-6449
Tel / Fax: +961 1 500 554 / +961 1 500 664
Email: secretaire@stvincent-lb.org

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