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‘ENDOW’ plans Nebraska events

(SNR) - The Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) will host Eileen Love, senior manager and facilitator trainer for Endow, for three events in Nebraska July 17-19.

Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is an educational apostolate started in 2003 in Denver, created for the purpose of educating women in the truths of the Catholic faith. Endow produces study guides on a variety of spiritual themes, such as John Paul II’s Letter to Women, Pope Benedict XVI’s God Is Love, and Setting the World Ablaze: the Story of Catherine of Siena.

The LDCCW invites all women across the state – especially those in western Nebraska – to learn more about Endow. Free information nights will be held July 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Platte, and July 19 at 6 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament in Grand Island.

There will be facilitator training for those who wish to lead their own small groups July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s parish hall in McCook. Participants must be registered in advance; the cost is $25.00. Sign-up is available online at www.EndowGroups.org. For more information contact LDCCW representatives Terri Sullivan at 308-650-1850 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Janice Goracke at 402-423-3001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Love will also be the guest speaker at the July 20 Omaha Province meeting at Blessed Sacrament in Grand Island. All women of the Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island arch/dioceses are also invited to attend. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. with coffee and rolls. Mass will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m., with a catered lunch to follow.  The afternoon will include a business session and reports from the three dioceses. A registration fee of $12 is payable at the door. Questions may be directed to Ann Jansky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Barb Vaughn, 402-215-1309 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Endow was started by three lay women who, by God’s grace, “stumbled upon” the writings of John Paul II. They learned that he had written extensively on the subject of women and the power they have to transform culture by using an innate gift he called their “feminine genius.” This “capacity for the other” communicates love, affirms life, teaches peace, and generally elevates society by reminding persons of their human dignity.

What started out as a lunch-time conversation in 2003 is now an international women’s ministry that has served more than 30,000 women and girls. Endow produces high quality study materials aimed to reach “the woman in the pew.”

Each Endow study is led by a trained facilitator and takes place over the course of eight to 12 weeks. Women gather in groups of eight to 12 and bond in sisterly friendship as they read together, unpack the content of the material, discuss, share, and pray. There is no homework and the cost is $25 per study.

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