Ralph Middlecamp elected national president of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Ralph Middlecamp was elected national president of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He will be the 13th national president of the U.S. Society and will serve a six-year term.
Middlecamp has a 30-year history with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He previously served as the executive director of the Society’s Madison, Wis. Council for 18 years. Under Middlecamp’s leadership, the Society developed local housing programs, built a central customer-choice food pantry and service center, opened Wisconsin’s first charitable pharmacy not connected to a health care network, grown the Society’s base of Madison-area members and volunteers, and added six more thrift stores that sell and give away donated goods to support the organization’s mission of helping neighbors in need.
“I am deeply honored to have been elected to serve at the national level an organization that I love and to which I have devoted 30 years of my life,” Middlecamp said. “As national president, I will work to promote continued growth in friendship, service and spirituality at all levels of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.”
Among his many leadership roles, Middlecamp has served on the Society’s Stores Committee, the Communication Committee and the presenting team of the Society’s national leadership development program, Invitation for Renewal.
In addition to his activities in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the new National President writes and produces documents on Frederic Ozanam, Emmanuel Bailly and other founders, among which we can cite:
- The founders of the SSVP (https://famvin.org/wen/index.php?title=SVDP_-_Founders)
- Frederic passion for justice (video) https://famvin.org/en/2013/11/01/frederics-passion-justice-video/
- Saint Vincent de Paul https://togoforth.org/tag/ralph-middlecamp/
His research and deep knowledge of the subject also led him to contribute to the Vincentian encyclopedia and other works.
The President General, brother Renato Lima, and the whole structure of the General Council are very happy for the election of brother Ralph Middlecamp. We take this opportunity to thank the excellent work done by sister Sheila Gilbert and her team, who left office. "The USA Council and Council General act in harmony, in unity and in tune, following in the footsteps of our founders and providing more services to people in need. SSVP in USA is an example of Vincentian work and international solidarity", said brother Renato Lima.