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Symposium helps women ‘Be Mary in a Martha World’

WAVERLY (SNR) – All women are welcome to attend the Jan. 13-14 symposium led by the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW).

The Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, under the direction of the local bishop, performs the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in the service of God and His Church. The event, held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, will include opportunities for spiritual growth, education and service.

Terri Sullivan, president of the LDCCW, said Mary and Martha are “key figures to whom many women in today’s world most identify with.

“The struggle between prayer life and daily duties is real,” she said. This is why, each year, the LDCCW takes time after their winter meeting to provide opportunities for women of the diocese to come together and learn how to adapt their life in the topics leadership, service and spirituality.

“January is usually the month we use to focus on legislative updates and pro-life issues so we are looking forward to the information from Tom Venzor of the Nebraska Catholic Conference,” she said.

Kay Parlor will present “Mary and her Mysteries” and Lorraine Pozehl will present “Seeing and Living God’s Presence in Our Everyday Lives.” 
Bishop James Conley will speak on changes in the liturgy and his Excellency, who became Catholic as a college student, will join other converts to the Catholic faith for a panel discussion.

The LDCCW has recently included Pi Alpha Chi (PAX), the Catholic women’s sorority at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in their mission.

“Bringing women to the faith is important for our mission and sometimes supporting them financially is helpful in that process,” said Sullivan. A gift basket will be raffled at the symposium, with proceeds going to PAX.

Participants may also join in a service project, creating personal hygiene kits as part of a National Council of Catholic Women project called “Tickle your Tootsies.” The hygiene kits will be given to Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska. Women who come to the symposium are asked to bring socks and travel-size items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and more.

Prayer is always at the top of every retreat, Sullivan said, but there is also time for the women to socialize.

“We understand social media helps the ladies stay connected, but we know personal interaction is important.” She added that the retreat house offers all the opportunity to spend time with Jesus at any time during the retreat, before the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel.

There are still spaces available to attend this retreat. The complete schedule of the winter symposium is available on the LDCCW website at http://tiny.cc/LDCCW. Participants may register online by going to the Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House website at www.goodcounselretreat.com and clicking on the “Retreat” tab. With questions about the retreat or the LDCCW please contact Terri Sullivan at 308-650-1850 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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