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Faith in Action - DCCW Convention

05/20/2009

“Faith in Action ” was the theme of the 37th annual convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) held May 13. The convention opened with a prayer service led by June Duby and the Presentation of the Colors by the Daughters of Isabella #974. DCCW President Diane Blevins welcomed the women, current officers, past presidents and special guests in attendance. Cathryn Torgerson, keynote speaker for the day, was then introduced. Cathryn recently completed a Masters degree in Catholic Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She taught adults for ten years in the corporate world and now uses those skills to share her theological studies with the Catholic community working with both adults and teens. Torgerson utilized Scripture in sharing how Paul calls us to be active participants in our faith. She explained that through Baptism, we become the adopted children of God and hence gain the inheritance, but also the responsibility. We are called to put off our old self, be renewed and put on the new self of holiness. We are called to live counter-culturally in the world – “to be “of” the world, but not dominated by the material thing of this world,” Torgerson said. She explained that Paul’s life teaches us that each day, no matter what circumstances of life face us, we have opportunities to practice holiness. Torgerson added that “each person has a role to fulfill in the Christian community that cannot be done by anyone else. As we live out our gifts, we will have a healthier church.” The women then gathered in St. Mary Cathedral for a Eucharistic Liturgy. Bishop Patrick Cooney presided with Fr. Francis Murphy and Fr. Patrick Maher concelebrating. During his homily, Bishop Cooney told the women they must always remember that “God loved us first and loves us throughout our whole life.” He explained that what we do is in response to that love. “The works of the DCCW are works of love,” he added. Bishop Cooney continued, “In this Eucharist today, we are thanking God. As Bishop, my intent it to thank God for you – all of you. You stand on the shoulders of those who came before you. We hope that there will be women who will walk in your footsteps to continue your work which is done as a result of God’s love,” he concluded. After lunch, Fr. Muphy who has served as Spiritual Moderator for the DCCW since its inception, shared thoughts and appreciation for the work of the women. David Martin, President and CEO of Catholic Human Services, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the agency for the support by the women both financially through contributions to the diocesan Catholic Services Appeal as well as for the gifts of layettes and baby items which are donated each year for mothers in need. A brief business meeting and presentation of the 2009 Gaylord DCCW resolutions brought the annual convention to a close. All women of the diocese are members of the DCCW and welcome to participate in all gatherings. For upcoming workshops and events, please visit the DCCW website.

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