(SNR) – Thirteen members and five spiritual advisers from the Omaha Archdiocesan and Lincoln and Grand Island Diocesan Councils of Catholic Women attended the 98th annual national CCW convention in Pittsburgh Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
The convention theme was “NCCW Reflecting God’s Joy: Missionary Disciples—Mission Possible!”
The convention included presentations, workshops, liturgies, a religious articles store, a silent auction, purse auction, a preview of the movie “Indivisible,” province dinners, and a banquet.
Gina Loehr, a guest speaker, reminded attendees of the detail that women often bring to the lives of others when placed in seemingly impossible situations. Attending to these details shows love, she said, and women demonstrate that by serving their children, parish communities, neighbors and all the places they are called.
NCCW President Maribeth Stewart explained that she asked Pope Francis what he would like the national council to work on. She said he replied, “Human trafficking.”
Women at all levels of Councils of Catholic Women – parish, deanery, diocesan, or national – serve in three commissions: spirituality, leadership, and service. So, this year, women in all commission areas will focus on anti-trafficking issues along with individual commission projects.
Susan Johnson from the Grand Island Diocese was installed as the 2018-2020 Omaha Province director, replacing JoAnn Messing from the Lincoln Diocese who served from 2016-2018.
The Diocese of Lincoln, Diocese of Grand Island, and the Archdiocese of Omaha make up the Omaha Province. The province director is elected to represent the women of Nebraska at the national level.