Vincentians, by their calling, serve Christ in others and in doing this become members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul family. It is most fitting that, upon the death of a member, other Vincentians come together as family to pray for the deceased sister/brother and her/his family and friends. In 2013 the Spirituality Committee of Windsor-Essex Central Council formed a Wake Service Team to lead prayers for any deceased member whose family requests this. The following are things that have been explored, tried and found successful in Windsor-Essex. Individual conferences and councils are encouraged to investigate and implement a Wake Service Ministry Team.
Wake Services for Deceased Members
Windsor-Essex formed a Wake Service Team a couple of years ago. The following contains information, ideas and samples of wake prayers that we have done.
Ideas for conferences and councils
For Margaret M. who was one of the first women in her conference.
Margaret and her husband served SSVP together for many years.
For Eugene M. a member and mentor for many years. Gene was a past president of his conference.