LINCOLN (SNR/CDA) – The 48th biennial state convention of the Nebraska Catholic Daughters of the Americas was held at Embassy Suites in Lincoln April 5-6.
The theme was “Be Like Mary in Kindness & Love” and the event was hosted by Court St. Charles #472 of Lincoln. National director Pamela Poland attended from Vermont.
The convention began Friday with a living rosary followed by speakers Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of Lincoln, and Jim Bertrand of Lincoln with the American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud.
On Saturday, Father Nicholas Kipper, court chaplain for Court St. Charles celebrated a memorial Mass honoring all deceased officers, members, family members and friends. The 111 delegates, alternates and guests were welcomed by Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, Poland and convention chair Mary Anne Classen, regent for Court St. Charles. Twenty-seven of the 37 courts were represented.
The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Mercy provided entertainment for the Saturday luncheon, singing songs in several different languages including their native Vietnamese.
Elections were held after lunch for the 2019-2021 state officers. They are Barb Jensen of Broken Bow, regent; Betty Fredericks of York, first vice regent; Kim Meduna of Colon, second vice regent; Teresa Kehler of Greeley, treasurer.
Jensen said her theme for the next two years will be “Not My Will, Lord, but Yours” from Luke 22:42.
Nominations and elections for the 2021 nominating committee were held. Peg Welch of Hastings will be the chair, along with committee members Mary Joslin of Omaha; Jolene Fugan, Wahoo; Bonnie Seifer, Plattsmouth; Beth Lonowski, Scottsbluff. The alternate will be Catherine Chandler of Lincoln.
Fredericks reported a total state membership of 2,452 members.
One of the afternoon speakers was Lauren Garcia, communications and outreach specialist for the Nebraska Catholic Conference. She gave attendees an update on legislative issues.
Jessyca Vandercoy, project director of Indigo, a program of the Women’s Center for Advancement spoke about serving victims of human trafficking in the Omaha area.
Saturday’s business session concluded with First Saturday devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The main speaker at the banquet Saturday evening was Kris McGregor, founder and executive director of Discerning Hearts.
The convention reconvened Sunday, April 7. Reports from chairs of the CDA program “Circle of Love” were given.
Outstanding projects were selected: Court Our Lady of the Plains #2098 of Broken Bow, education; Court Sacred Heart #2015 of St. Paul, quality of life; Court Our Lady of Loretto #709 of Plattsmouth, youth; Court William McDonald #1009 of Hastings, legislation and spiritual enhancement; Court Our Lady of the Plains #2098 of Broken Bow and JCDA Court Mary Queen of Peace #2423 of Omaha, leadership; Court Sacred Heart #2015 of St. Paul, family.
Poland spoke to the delegation. Education contest and membership challenge winners were announced and checks presented.
Court #2253, Queen of Angels of Fremont will host the 2021 state convention for the Omaha Archdiocese at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler.
The entertainment at Sunday’s luncheon was “Yesterday’s Lady,” Sue McLain from the Humanities Nebraska. She gave a presentation with vintage clothing items. The convention concluded with an installation Mass for the newly elected state officers.