ORLANDO, Fla. (SNR) - Members of the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) participated in the National Council of Catholic Women convention in Orlando, Fla. Sept. 9-12.
LDCCW president Ann Jansky, president-elect Terri Sullivan, and spiritual moderators Father Thomas Lux and Father Thomas McGuire attended the event, themed “Sowers of Hope.”
Sullivan said the theme reminded all that “even with all the negativity and immoral issues of society, there is hope and we, as Catholic Women, can be Christ’s hands and feet on earth.”
Participants began each day with the 54-day novena for family and marriage which the NCCW started. Mass was held every day for the 672 attendees with 44 priests concelebrating. The organization marked its 95th year.
“We received valuable information through the workshops presented by the three commissions.” Sullivan said.
The service commission shared their work on domestic violence through the ‘Women Healing the Wounds’ project. This project includes educational brochures and will be introduced to U.S. bishops at the World Meeting of Families.
Sullivan attended the “Leadership Through Development” workshop where she learned more about running an efficient and successful business meeting.
“We need our meetings to be fun,” she said, “and we need to be joyful leaders to keep our members involved and encouraged to be the sowers of hope.”
Invited speakers carried on the theme. Mary Beth Hicks, often seen on EWTN, said the NCCW is a crucial instrument in today’s society of fragmented families and marriages. She explained the need to evangelize as working women and through the use of social media in the real and digital world.
Dr. Carolyn Woo spoke on Catholic Relief Services, whose mission is to serve the poorest and most vulnerable on the basis of need, not creed.She called women the ‘backbone of the Church.’
Richard Doerflinger, who has been with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for 35 years, shared insight on the push for assisted suicide and how it denies the dignity of human life.
Brandon Vogt, who works with Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire ministries spoke about the high number of people - especially young Catholics - leaving the Church. He gave participants keys for sharing the faith and telling their stories.
“We were challenged to tell our stories in new ways so that people see you and want to have what you have,” Sullivan said. “They will ask, ‘Why are you so joyful?’ and we can reply, ‘Because I know Jesus.’”
The mission of the LDCCW is, “Spreading the love of Christ through the Works of Mercy.” To learn more about the LDCCW, contact your local Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) or altar society.