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Group attends national convention

LINCOLN (LDCCW/SNR) - The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) convention was held in Dallas  Sept. 6-9 with more than 600 women and 45 priests in attendance.

Among those attending were nine women from the Lincoln Diocese, including Omaha Province Director JoAnn Messing from Sacred Heart Parish in Shelby.  Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) Spiritual Advisor Father Thomas Lux of All Saints Parish in Holdrege, also attended and concelebrated Mass while there.

“Nebraska was well represented with nearly 40 from our three dioceses,” he said.

Attendees previewed the movie “Same Kind of Different as Me.” Ron Hall, author of the book, spoke on the faith-filled, true story after the movie.

“I strongly encourage you to see this movie when it comes to your area,” said Terri Sullivan, LDCCW president and a member of St. Mary Parish in Wallace.

Among the speakers was Mary Rice Hasson, who shared how to be a joyful Catholic in a post-Christian world.

Stacy Thomlison from the Lincoln Diocese, currently serving a mission in Rwanda and sister of Father Steven Thomlison of Exeter, gave an inspirational talk through her life story of trusting in the path God gives.

The final speaker of the convention was Dale Recinella, who shared the need for the Joy of the Gospel to penetrate the darkness of prisons and death row. 

The 2018 NCCW convention will be Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Pittsburgh. As first-time attendee Rita Maloley, of St. Joseph in Geneva, said, “the NCCW convention was an amazing experience. There is such power in a large group of Catholic women praying together for each other and those in need. The convention opens your eyes as to the many ways we make a true impact in society.”

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