Catholic Women's service needed even more
Large group from the Green Bay Diocese attend National Council of Catholic Women
By Jackie Walker
Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
More than 1,500 people -- including 15 from the Green Bay Diocese -- convened Sept. 27-30 in Nashville for the 50th biennial National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) convention.
The convention theme was "NCCW Servant Leadership -- Making a Difference Every Day".
Bp. Edward Kniec of Nashville reminded the women that especially since the events of Sept. 11, their unity and service to others is even more important than ever, and that the work they do is not theirs but God's.
Keynote speaker Sr. Sharon Evart stressed three areas of attention: advocacy for women; collaborative ministry; and women embracing an active role in the mission and ministry of the church.
The Honorable Corinne "Lindy" Boggs, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, received the 2001 Distinguished Service Award for her leadership and service to women and families.
The membership approved resolutions to:
promote peace and reconciliation and work to eliminate violence;
honor St. Katharine Drexel and Josephine Bakhita;
promote use of Internet filtering software to protect children;
continue to provide aid for refugee women;
establish a mentoring and recruiting program for all ethnic groups.
Motions to divide councils into three U.S. regional sections, and to have individual memberships with voting privileges were defeated.
Enrichment sessions and workshops topics included grief, needs of rural women, NCCW and technology, the spirituality and service program, creating family testimonies of faith, refugee and displaced women, food and justice, liturgies and prayer services for women and pro-life legislative education and training.
Barbara Garavalia of Joliet, Ill., is the newly-elected president of NCCW. Joyce Lobner, La Crosse Diocese is the newly-installed director of the Milwaukee Province. She succeeds Delores Skarban of Oconto Falls, whose two-year term was completed.
Representing the Green Bay Diocese at the convention were: DCCW President Pat Posbrig, Isaar; Marge Western, Klondike, president-elect; Fr. Charles Mocco, moderator; Delores and Bob Skarban, Oconto Falls; Elain Grygiel and Sue Winter, Pulaski; Rosalyn Bourgeois, Mishicot; Della Gordon, Niagara; Dolores Ellestad, Valders; Denise Guelig, Lena; Lily Casarez and Mary Yakey, Phlox; and Mary Ann Berger and Jackie Walker, Howard.