You are invited to join the Catholic Grandparents Association on a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, the week of August 20-27, 2018.
For more information, please go to www.pilgrimages.com/cga.
You are invited to join the Catholic Grandparents Association on a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, the week of August 20-27, 2018.
For more information, please go to www.pilgrimages.com/cga.
Women over 40 are invited to join us at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington for a 2-day conference, which includes an opportunity for mass and confession.
Mary Elizabeth Sperry, author of Making Room for God: Decluttering and
the Spiritual Life: "Getting Rid of the Stuff We Don't Need Post-40"
Alejandra Segura, advocate for women's and children's rights, in particular in Latin America and Africa, and the driving force behind the "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Ideal" exhibition: "What Is Your Fiat Post-40?"
Maria Suarez Hamm, past executive director of Centro Tepeyac Women's Center/Archdiocese of Washington director of Hispanic Life and Leadership Development: "Growing in Faith and Years"
Anthony DeCristofaro, Catholic blogger: "Pity, Piety, and the Pieta: A Look at Duty, Obligation, and Love"
Erin Benbennick, Virginia Storytelling Alliance: “Witness: A Tangled Skein”
$139 through June 30,
$159 through Labor Day
$175 after Labor Day.
For more information, go to www.futurewithhopewomen.com or email email@example.com.
Retreat Day for Married Couples led by Fr. Paul Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, on Saturday, July 7 at Holy Trinity, Gainesville, VA, from 9 am to 3 pm. Experience a profound and reflective retreat including talks, Adoration, Confession, and spiritual time with your spouse; the retreat will conclude with Mass.
Retreat cost is $55 per couple.
To register, please click here.
Day 1 ‐ May 14: Depart U.S.A.
Our tour begins today as we depart on our overnight flight to Ireland. Meals and drinks served aloft.
Day 2 ‐ May 15: Arrive Dublin
Upon arrival in Dublin we will be met by our local Irish guide and transfer to our hotel. Dublin is the vibrant capital of Ireland, with a romantic aura of Old World Europe. In the afternoon we will enjoy a half day tour including visits to Trinity College to see the famous Book of Kells, St. Stephen’s Green and the National Museum. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 3 ‐ May 16: Dublin
Following breakfast we will take a full day city tour of Dublin including visits to Christchurch Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Our Lady of Lourdes Church where we will see the Shrine of Matt Talbot, the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street where we will see the Shrine of St. Valentine, the Old Town and the Guinness Brewery. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 4 ‐ May 17: Dublin / Kilkenny
This morning we will depart Dublin and drive south to Glendalough. Tucked away in the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century. This most romantic of monastic sites was one of Ireland’s greatest pilgrimage centers up to the middle of the 19th century. We will then continue our drive south to Kilkenny where we will enjoy a tour including visits to Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey. Overnight in Kilkenny.
Day 5 ‐ May 18: Kilkenny / Killarney
This morning we will depart Kilkenny and drive to the Rock of Cashel which is the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. After Mass continue on to Killarney which is situated in a spectacular location amidst mountains, glens and lakes.
Day 6 ‐ May 19: Killarney
Travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as “The Ring of Kerry.” It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland. Here bogs, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Even the names of the towns seem to whisper their beauty: Cahirciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Sneem. Visit Muckross Gardens and Abbey before returning to your hotel in Killarney for the night.
Day 7 ‐ May 20: Killarney / Galway
This morning we will depart Killarney and drive north to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher where we will see a dramatic great sheer rock face rising 700 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. We will then continue to nearby Doolin where we will embark on a ferry to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands located in Galway Bay. We will then return by ferry to the mainland and then drive on to Galway, "the City of the Tribes", and check into our hotel.
Day 8 ‐ May 21: Galway
This morning we will enjoy a tour of Galway including the Spanish Arch, the Quays, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicolas and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. We will then take an excursion to Clonmacnoise to visit the ruins of the monastic settlement which was founded in 544 by St. Ciarán. Return to Galway for overnight.
Day 9 ‐ May 22: Galway / Knock
This morning we will depart Galway and travel through Connemara, an area of outstanding scenic grandeur. There is a brooding sense of Ireland's ancient culture and traditions in this haunted and mystical area where Gaelic is still the everyday language. Continuing on, visit Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo‐Gothic mansion, occupied today by the Irish Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I. Then proceed to the village of Murrisk located at the foot of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick on whose summit Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD. After hearing the story of St. Patrick we will see the National Famine Memorial which commemorates the Great Famine of the 1840s. Then continue on to Knock, where 14 people saw a vision of Our Lady with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist in 1879.
Day 10 ‐ May 23: Knock / Armagh
This morning we celebrate Mass in Knock at the magnificent Basilica next to the original church where our Blessed Mother appeared in 1879 and where Pope John Paul II announced that the Church would be known as the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland. In the afternoon depart Knock and drive to Armagh which is one of Ireland’s oldest cities and has been its spiritual capital for over 1,500 years. Once in Armagh we will visit the Cathedral of St. Patrick, his Primatial See, and then take a tour of the historic center of the city before proceeding to our hotel for check‐in.
Day 11 ‐ May 24: Armagh / Dublin
Depart Armagh this morning and travel to Downpatrick to visit Down Cathedral and the tombs of St. Patrick, St. Brigit and St. Columkille. Then drive south and stop to see the Celtic crosses in the historic ruins of Monasterboice and then continue on to the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick is said to have lit an Easter fire as a challenge to the pagan High King of Tara. Continue on to Dublin for overnight. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local pub with traditional Irish music.
Day 12 ‐ May 25: Dublin / U.S.A.
Following breakfast transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
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For single occupancy please add $937.00.
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Airfares from other departure cities throughout the United States are available upon request.
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Did you know that fewer than 2% of unexpected pregnancies end in adoption.
Adoption is an option that we know is availa- ble to woman experiencing crisis pregnancies but it can be a difficult topic to introduce. Learn more about the laws, considerations, benefits and barriers to adoption in our dio- cese. Hear how you can promote positive adoption conversations with clients and in your communities. If you work or volunteer with a pregnancy center, with woman experiencing a difficult pregnancy, with vulnerable populations, or you just want to know how to promote
adoption as a positive option for woman and families, please join us.!
Presented by Meaghan Lane, MSW Program Manager Pregnancy and Adoption Support in partnership with Gabriel Project of the Diocese of Arlington
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-425-0100.
The May 8th Holy Hour will be led by national Catholic recording artist Michael Corsini, a gifted artist who has led music for thousands of Holy Hours, masses and retreats for nearly two decades. He has worked in post-abortion healing ministry for many years, as well as many other kinds of healing retreats. Michael has recently released his second worship record. His testimony is woven throughout the meditations and revolves around healing, hope and relationship with those we have lost through abortion.
You can learn more about Michael by visiting his website.
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All are welcome!
Sponsored by Project Rachel
Please join us for tea as we support the Immaculate Hart of Mary Sisters in the Diocese of Arlington.
The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a Pontifical Religious Institute, whose members are committed to God and to the Church by the profession of the public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
The charism of the sisters is Love, which continues to manifest itself today in the sisters’ joyful service of God and his people; creative Hope, which puts all its confidence in God’s loving Providence; and Fidelity, which inspires fervor in their vocation in Christ and in their mission in the Church.
The Immaculata branch of the Congregation comprises approximately 745 Sisters who currently staff Catholic schools and parishes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Florida and in the South American country of Peru. The sisters also serve the Church in pastoral and other evangelization ministries in other states as well.
The charism of the founder, Father Louis Florent Gillet, is the spirit of the Father in the Son through the Holy Spirit that animated the young Redemptorist missionary at Monroe, Michigan, in 1845. This charism is essentially, LOVE, a love that continues to manifest itself each day in the sisters’ joyful service of God and his people. This charism is also creative HOPE, which puts all its trust in the loving providence of God. Finally, this charism is FIDELITY, which inspires the sisters’ commitment to vocation in Christ and zeal for their mission in the Church.
“May the Holy Spirit inflame us with that fire which Jesus came to cast on the earth and which he ardently desired to set ablaze.”-Saint Alphonsus
St. Alphonsus Liguori was an 18th century Neapolitan gentleman, a star lawyer, with an apparently prosperous future ahead of him. However, his attention to an inner voice within himself and an extraordinary sensitivity to the immensity of people’s needs all around him compelled him to give his life over to God and to the service of God’s people. His passionate desire to respond to these needs led him to found the religious congregation known as the Redemptorists, whose clear mission was to make the redeeming love of Jesus Christ available and accessible to everyone, especially the poor and spiritually abandoned. This sense of mission, coupled with a spirituality fueled by prayer, devoted to the Blessed Mother, and focused on the three-fold mystery of Love’s redeeming way – the Incarnation, Redemption, and Holy Eucharist – profoundly stirred and influenced the hearts of Fr. Louis Florent Gillet and Mother Theresa Maxis.
“We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us.” –Saint Teresa of Avila
A 16th century Spanish Carmelite Nun and one of only four women Doctors of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila is best known for the intensity of her life of prayer and her extraordinary writing and teaching on the spiritual life. The connection of St. Teresa of Avila to the IHM congregation comes through St. Alphonsus. St. Alphonsus had a great devotion to St. Teresa who lived two hundred years before him. As a teenager, he read many of her writings and referred to her as his “second mother.” It was through Saint Teresa that Alphonsus came to understand prayer as “nothing but a friendly relationship and frequent conversation with Jesus whom we know loves us.” So, it was really through her spiritual tutelage that St. Alphonsus handed on to his Redemptorist congregation and to the IHM congregation the wonderful gift of prayer, prayer that is simple and rooted in the perennial tradition of the Church. So we are indebted to St. Teresa of Avila for her profound contribution to our spirituality.
The sisters, from the very beginning of the foundation of the Congregation, were dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of her Immaculate Conception. With the IHMs, it is always a “matter of the heart.” Mary’s heart is united inseparably to that of her divine Son as is graphically portrayed on the rings of the sisters. Engraved on the band are two hearts, intertwined and pierced by the same symbolic sword- a reminder to the Sisters of their commitment to the work of redemption in the church.
The Sisters celebrate with great joy the major feasts of Our Lady, but they commemorate with special solemnity the patronal feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.
Alphonsian Spirituality also implies a commitment to the redeeming Christ first by consecrated dedication to the three vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.
By her vow of chastity, a sister commits herself to a life of consecrated celibacy; the spirit of this vow frees her to live out her vocation to love in a deeper personal union with Christ.
By the vow of poverty, a sister freely renounces her natural right to the independent use of material goods. The spirit of poverty relieves her for personal material concerns and frees her to direct her heart to the building up of the Kingdom.
By the vow of obedience, a sister unites herself more completely to the Will of God by freely yielding her right of free choice in order to engage more fully in the apostolic mission of the Church.
For more information about the IHMs, please click here.
For information about attending this event or donating to the IHMs, please contact Megan Hamberger at email@example.com.
Please join us for tea in order to support the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette living and working in Fairfax, Virginia.
The Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette are women disciples of Christ, called to live and witness in word, deed and ritual in a creative and participatory way, to the realization of ecclesiastical communion, interfaith solidarity among peoples and deep ecological integrity as designed by Mary in Her Apparition at La Salette, who invites us to transcendence and the restoration of the dignity of persons and creation in a process of conversion from a life restrained by personal weakness and social injustice to the fullness of Life in Christ.
Our Mission: Attentive to the promptings of the Spirit, we have chosen to live as a faith community bonded by a Saletine missional charism and an institutional mode of life in the rhythm of the ministry of Reconciliation. We commit ourselves to be steeped in prayer, imbued with the spirit of sacrifice, filled with zeal and affirm life as a joyful celebration.
Our common identity:
For further information about attending this tea or making a donation, please contact Megan Hamberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two accounts of God’s creation of the world in the Book of Genesis highlight the centrality and primordial status of the man-woman relationship in marriage. The first chapter of Genesis suggests that this marital community, as the two-in-one-flesh communion of persons, participates in the human imaging of God, while the second chapter can be understood as placing the spousal relationship of the first parents at the very core of God’s creative act. Indeed, Genesis Chapter Two may be viewed as a story about the first marriage, which is itself a “type “of the marriage to come between Christ and the Church.
Genesis also makes clear that married love is by its very essence fruitful. Indeed, God’s blessing of the first couple is also a commandment: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28). The capacity to become a father or a mother is written into the human body as created male or female. And yet, while the fruitfulness of married love is shown in a particularly beautiful and tangible way when spouses conceive a child, it’s important to remember that procreation is not the only way “of experiencing the fruitfulness of love” (Pope Francis, Amoris laetitia, no. 181). Indeed, “all love bears fruit” (2015 World Meeting on the Family Catechesis, Chapter 6). Charity, hospitality, and sacrifice are also fruits of married love, among others (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1654). Further, God is the author of life, not men and women. Each new human person receives his or her immortal soul by the direct intervention of God. Human beings only procreate by participation in God’s creative act; they never “create” or “reproduce” children, properly speaking. As Eve says at the birth of her son, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord” (Gen 4:2).
The Fall from grace wounded God’s creation—especially that of man and woman as made in His image. Since the human person is a unity of body and soul, these wounds have affected the person on every level, including in the area of human sexuality. Sin strikes deeply at the heart of God’s creative plan. For the precise reason that the man-woman couple and its spousal character are central to that plan, they are bound to be especially affected by the Fall.
Christ’s work of salvation has redeemed the person and thus marriage as well. Indeed, St. Paul speaks of being a “new man in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17) and teaches that marriage images Christ’s relationship with the Church (Eph. 5:32). The Catholic Church’s teachings reflect and hand on these mysteries. They speak of the nature of man, woman, marriage, and the gift of human life. These teachings safeguard God’s original creation as redeemed by Christ and oppose any philosophy or behavior incompatible with it.
In his monumental encyclical Humanae vitae, Bl. Pope Paul VI clearly grasped the profound implications of modern culture’s increasing acceptance and even promotion of contraception. These implications include the basic fragmentation of the conjugal union of husband and wife as an integral whole expressing love ordered to fruitfulness. Pope Paul VI saw that the push for the widespread availability and use of contraception followed the fundamental logic of modernity’s constant seeking to dominate nature. Contraception simply extends that domination to the human body itself. As the encyclical predicted, a contraceptive mentality implies a utilitarian and hedonistic outlook, a fact constantly played out in contemporary culture.
Modern society’s embrace of contraceptive control has led to many of its unfortunate logical consequences. Divorcing sex from children works in both directions devaluing both the integral meaning of the sexual act as well as the gift of children and the meaning of one’s fertility. This is borne out, for example, by increasing reliance and use of assisted reproductive technologies (many of which are immoral including IVF and third-party reproduction); as well as the under-development of ethical medical techniques that truly address and heal a couples’ infertility. Also, if sexual union and children are not understood to be intrinsically related, then the primacy of the man-woman relationship is likewise obscured. The sexual polarity of man and woman is therefore weakened, both in the expression of sexual love and in domestic life. Likewise, we see a diminishing of the body’s meaning for personal and social identity.
The results of the so-called “sexual revolution” have been catastrophic, and the costs (social and personal) have become ever more apparent. Pope Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical, in setting forth God’s design for life and love, offers not a “no” to people’s desires and experiences, but a “yes” to all that God offers and a “yes” to the most profound stirrings of the human heart. Humanae vitae presents a way back to the organic wholeness of God’s original plan for human life and sexuality. The teaching of the Church provides a healing balm to a world still suffering from Original Sin yet redeemed by Jesus Christ.
This symposium explores Catholic teaching on human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood as articulated in the papal encyclical Humanae vitae upon its fiftieth anniversary (1968-2018).
The symposium is anchored in the view that, in and through Christ’s work of redemption, God’s original vision of the person, human sexuality, and marriage grounds human relationships and, after the fall, heals them. It seeks to elucidate the anthropological, philosophical, and theological underpinnings of the encyclical’s reaffirmation of the divine plan as expressed in Catholic teaching and advanced by Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. Papers presented at the symposium will therefore assess the past, reflect upon the present, and consider the future. Presentations will be theoretical, empirical, and pastoral. They will draw upon the disciplines of history, philosophy, theology, and science, and will highlight effective catechetical practices. All presentations will treat major themes from Humanae vitae.
To register, or for more information, click here.
Presented by Rev. Paul Scalia and the Institute of Catholic Culture.
”My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?”
— Psalms 22:1
Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.; lecture to begin @ 7:00 p.m. No RSVP required.
Fr. Paul Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will lead a Lenten Day of Recollection on “Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving in the Eucharistic Tone,” on Thursday, March 15 from 9:30am to 2pm.
Father Scalia grew up in the Diocese of Arlington and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Since his ordination in 1996 he has served as parochial vicar at several parishes and as pastor of Saint John the Beloved in McLean. He currently serves as the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy. He has written for various publications and is a frequent speaker on matters of faith and doctrine. Father Scalia’s first book, That Nothing May Be Lost, was published by Ignatius Press in 2017.
The cost is $20 for members of the Catholic Daughters and $25 for non-members.
All women of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington are invited to the 2018 Women's Conference, "From Darkness Into Light" at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Herndon, VA. Featuring Diane Foley, mother of slain journalist, James Foley, and Sr. Grace Dominic, writer and national speaker. Holy Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Burbidge.
Schedule of Events
Parking at St. Joseph's is limited. Please carpool.
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS FOR CHRIST ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME
Join Fr. Thomas Cavanaugh at Our Lady of Angels Parish, Woodbridge, VA, for a discussion based on his new book. Fr. Cavanaugh is a diocesan priest who has appeared on EWTN's Journey Home with Marcus Grodi and 1160 am Guadalupe radio Al Kresta's program.
We will be meeting in the parish hall, and this event is free and open to teens and adults.
This event is sponsored by the Grandparents Association and the Knights of Columbus.
Catholic women over 40! Welcome to your Future with Hope!
Enrich your Lenten journey by embracing the virtue of hope at this day of reflection from Future with Hope Women, LLC at the San Damiano Spiritual Life Center, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, VA. This is your opportunity to get away from the rush and noise... and encounter God in the quiet and your sisters in Christ. The not-for-profit event has the spiritual support of the National Council of Catholic Women's Baltimore Province and the Arlington Diocese Council of Catholic Women.
Rose Folsom, a Lay Dominican and founder of the Virtue Connection, will share two talks written to speak directly to the hearts and souls of women like us. There will be time for quiet contemplation or small group discussions after each talk.
If this day of reflection won't fit in your schedule--or, of you are looking for additional ways to deepen your faith, please consider these other wonderful Lenten offerings for Catholic women:
The $65 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.
Mornings of Mercy are free to attend, but please register.
Upcoming Mornings of Mercy:
February 17th, 2018 | St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean, VA | REGISTER
April 28th, 2018 | St. John Neumann in Reston, VA
August 18th, 2018 | St. Anne in Arlington, VA
November 3rd, 2018 | St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg, VA
Presented by, Rev. William Saunders, Ph.D., and the Institute of Catholic Culture.
“That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him!”
— Saint Cyril of Alexandria
Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.; lecture to begin @ 7:00 p.m. No RSVP required.
This event will be held at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner. Further information will be provided when it becomes available.
For information about Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington, please use this link: http://arlingtoncatholiccharities.com
New Eve Maternity Home provides a haven for pregnant women and their children who are facing homelessness. New Eve offers them the opportunity to grow in self-respect and independence while celebrating the life within them and the dignity of their motherhood.
We welcome women who find themselves alone and in need of physical, spiritual, emotional and material support. At New Eve, mothers can celebrate the gift of life free from fear.
The New Eve Maternity Home is located in Winchester, Virginia. Our home provides women the opportunity to prepare for motherhood, secure employment, continue their education, and learn life skills necessary for independent living. New Eve will assist residents in the following areas:
The dinner is complimentary but there will be an opportunity to make a donation
Speakers include Dr. John Bruchalski, Laura Rickets and Chris Dalton.
Seating is limited! Adults and infants only, please.
To RSVP please go to newevefalldinner.eventbrite.com or call JoAnn Blaker at (304) 839-8890. Reservations close Friday, October 20th.
For additional information about New Eve Maternity Home, please use this link: https://newevematernityhome.org
The annual Marriage Jubilee Mass honors couples in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington celebrating 25 and 50 years of marriage. If you were married in 1967 or 1992, please watch for registration details in your parish bulletin, beginning in August.
Registered couples will receive details by mail two weeks before the Jubilee Mass. Directions will be included.
If you are unable to attend or your spouse has recently passed away you may receive a certificate and program by registering through your parish.
Please contact your parish office to register by September 22, 2017.
For additional and online resources to enrich your marriage, please go to https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/Marriage-and-Family/Events-for-Married-Couples/
Bishop Michael F. Burgidge invites you and your entire family to the biennial Diocese of Arlington Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
This is a day long event beginning at 9:30 am with a rosary and ending with benediction at 3 pm.
for more details, please visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/diocesanpilgrimage
This event is sponsored by the Office for Family Life and features talks by Fr. James Hudgins, Fr. Anthony Pinizzotto, and Ron and Terry Riggins.
For additional information please go to arlingtondiocese.org/marriageenrichment or call 703-841-2500.
Mary Rice Hasson is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, an initiative that responds to Pope Francis’s call for Catholic women to assume a higher profile within the Church and to think with the Church in addressing the problems of today.
Mrs. Hasson is the editor of a new book, Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), and the co-author of the groundbreaking report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC, 2012), which offered new data and analysis of the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception. She is currently writing a book that proposes ways to engage Catholic women more effectively on topics related to sexual morality, conscience, and reproduction, in order to accompany women towards a deeper life in Christ.
Mrs. Hasson speaks on Catholicism, culture, women, sexual morality, and family life and writes for a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications. She has been interviewed by media outlets ranging from MSNBC to the BBC to EWTN, and by numerous Catholic radio programs. Before joining EPPC, Mrs. Hasson worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families.
She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mrs. Hasson and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the parents of seven children, have been named the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.
In 2008, Stacy Thomlison joined a Holy Land pilgrimage led by Scott Hahn, and she fell in love with the Catholic faith. The experience ultimately led the registered nurse to leave her “dream job” and boyfriend in New York, enter the Church and join the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) as a missionary at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. “As I walked where Jesus had walked, God really grabbed my heart, and he said, I want you back, and I want all of you,” Thomlison recalled. “The world tells you that money, fame and power will make you happy, and I had all of that in New York and felt empty inside. Working for Focus, my heart is now full with joy and a priceless peace.”
During her stint as a missionary, Thomlison has encouraged Catholics and other students to make hard, courageous choices in an undergraduate social environment that can penalize distinctively Christian behavior. In campus groups, Focus student leaders commit themselves to chastity, sobriety and excellence in their studies. “We teach them the dignity of being women — that they are worthy to be waited for. It has been amazing to watch these women come alive,” said Thomlison, with characteristic
Stacy Thomlison isn’t the only one in her birth family to join the Catholic Church. Her brother, Father Steve Thomlison, a priest in the Diocese of Lincoln, paved the way for her and introduced her to a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program in the city. “My sister, like everyone, had been searching. Her heart had been restless, as St. Augustine said, until it rested in the Sacred Heart. Now she is resting more deeply, and her joy has grown and become more vibrant,” he said. His sister’s journey to faith, he added, served as a reminder that “whenever we encounter these difficulties, the Lord is able to do great things with them.”
Dale Recinella, author of Now I Walk on Death Row: A Wall Street Finance Lawyer Stumbles into the Arms of a Loving God (Chosen Books: April 2011) and The Biblical Truth about America’s Death Penalty (Northeastern University Press: 2004), “Ending the Death Penalty: What One Catholic Supreme Court Justice Could Do,” America, April 28, 2008, and “Why American Catholics Must Say ‘No’ to the Death Penalty,” America, November 1, 2004, has served for 20 years as a spiritual counselor and Catholic lay chaplain in Florida’s prisons. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, in 1998 he began ministering cell-to-cell to the approximately 400 men on Florida’s death row and the approximately 2,000 men in Florida’s long-term solitary confinement. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Recinella, minister as a team during executions: he serving as spiritual advisor to the condemned and his wife serving as a lay minister to the condemned’s family and loved ones. They also minister to the families and loved ones of murder victims. Mr. Recinella, who received a Masters in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) summa cum laude from Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology (2009) and law degree magna cum laude from Notre Dame University Law School (1976), is a licensed Florida lawyer and has taught international law/business ethics in Europe at St. John’s University at the Vatican (Oratorio) and at Temple University in Rome. His column about respect life, the death penalty and prison ministry has appeared regularly for eleven years in The Florida Catholic, and he received a Year 2000 Press Award from the Catholic Press Association. In 1997 he was named a University of Notre Dame Exemplar for modeling faith and citizenship in action, and received the Year 2001 Humanitarian Award from the Franciscan Alumni Association. He appears frequently on worldwide Vatican Radio and extensively addresses audiences nationally and in Europe.
Mother Susan Catherine is a former Nacogdoches County judge who founded the order of the Daughters of Divine Hope in 2010. After the death of her husband, Deacon Bill Kennedy in 2007, she began discerning a call to enter religious life, but had difficulty finding communities open to accepting older women. Through discussions with then Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, she felt a calling to establish just such an order. Bishop Corrada issued the decree establishing the order in November, 2010, and named Mother Susan Catherine Superior.
Prior to becoming a consecrated woman, Mother Susan was once introduced as a renaissance woman. Her diverse business, government, civic, volunteer and educational background clearly attests to this description and brought her public recognition as a leader. Her for-profit business experiences include banking, telecommunications, and hospital services. In 2008, she founded Hope Leadership Alliance, a leadership development, strategic planning and mediation firm.
In addition to the world of business, Mother Susan also worked as a director of music and worship at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. In that ministry, she was able to use her certification in pastoral ministry.
In 1999, she won election for Nacogdoches County Judge, the first woman and first Catholic to do so. She became internationally known while in this position in 2003 when she led the Shuttle Columbia recovery effort in that county.
The Daughters of Divine Hope is open to women over the age of 25, with a particular openness to widows and older women. The community’s charism is one of service to the church and solidarity with her sacred ministers. Sisters of Divine Hope wear habits of green, the liturgical color of hope.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Open Atrium Convention Registration
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Leadership Liturgy Grand CDE
9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Meditation Room Plum Blossom B
9:30 – 12 noon Board of Directors Meeting (closed meeting) Stemmons
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibitors Setup Grand A+B
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Leadership Luncheon (by invitation) Fleur de Lis
Mother Susan Catherine
Introduced by Rose Martinet, NCCW Treasurer
2:00 – 4:30 pm Silent Auction accepting donations Carpenter
2:00 – 7:00 p.m. NCCW Store Open Carpenter
2:30 – 4:15 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting (open) Stemmons
2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Exhibits Open Grand A+B
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. First Timers Orientation Imperial
Kathy has served on every level of Council including NCCW Commision Chair and Vice President. She has been a motivational speaker for over 30 years addressing groups nationally and internationally. She is one of the authors and presenters of the NCCW Leadership Training & Development Program (LTD) and The Women Healing the Wounds resource.
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Silent Auction Open Carpenter
Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. ConfessionsMeditation Room Edelweiss
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Nominating Committee Meeting Dardanelles
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Associates of NCCW, Inc. Board Meeting Batik A
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Friends of NCCW for WUCWO Board Meeting Batik B
8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration Atrium Convention Registration
8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Meditation Room Open Plum Blossom B
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Exhibits Open Grand A+B
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. NCCW Store Open Carpenter
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Silent Auction Open Carpenter
9:00– 11:30 a.m. Opening General Session Imperial
Keynote Speaker: Mary Hasson
Introduced by Maribeth Stewart, NCCW President-Elect
Ending Session Prayer & Lunch Blessing – Fr. Richard Dawson
11:00 – 3:00 p.m. Exhibits Open Grand A+B
11:45-1:00Spiritual Advisor’s Lunch and Meeting Obelisk
11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
11:30 – 1:30 p.m. NCCW Store Open Carpenter
11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Silent Auction Open Carpenter
1:30-2:30pmSpirituality Commission Session Imperial
2:50-3:50 p.m. Leadership Commission Session Imperial
4:10 – 5:10 p.m. Service Commission Session Imperial
5:45 p.m. Opening Liturgy Grand CDE
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Exhibits Open Grand A+B
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Silent Auction Open Carpenter
8:30– 10:00 p.m. Fundraiser: Sister’s Christmas Catechism Imperial
Friday, September 8, 2017
7:20 – 7:40 a.m. Rosary Sculpture Garden
8:00– 9:30 a.m. Breakfast(all registered convention attendees) Imperial
Introduced by Jean Kelly, NCCW Secretary
8:00 – 3:00 p.m. Exhibits Open Grand A+B
8:00 – 3:00 p.m. Registration Open Atrium Convention Registration
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meditation Room Open Plum Blossom B
10:00 – 11:00 Liturgy for our Deceased NCCW Members Grand CDE
12 noon -1:45 p.m. NCCW Store Open Carpenter
11:45-1:00pm. Associates Luncheon and Meeting Stemmons
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. General Session / Business Meeting Imperial
5:00-6:30 p.m. NCCW Store Open Carpenter
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Silent Auction Open Carpenter
4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Exhibits Open Grand A+B
6:45-9:00 p.m. Province Dinners/Pictures Locations posted on message board at Atrium Convention Registration
Saturday, September 9, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Confessions Edelweiss
8:00 – 1:00 p.m. Meditation Room Open Plum Blossom B
8:00 – 1:00 p.m. NCCW Store Open Carpenter
8:00 –1:00 p.m. Exhibits Open Grand A+B
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Silent Auction winners posted Message Board at Atrium Convention Registration
8:00- 1:00 p.m. Registration Open Atrium Convention Registration
7:15-8:45am Friends Breakfast and Meeting Stemmons
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Session Imperial
Introduced by Sheila Hopkins, NCCW President
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Leadership Training & Development Session Imperial
11:30 – 1:15 p.m. Purse Auction Imperial
11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Own
11:30 – 1:15 p.m. Silent Auction Pickup Carpenter
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. President’s Closing/New Province Director Installation Imperial
4:00 p.m. Closing Liturgy/Installation of New Officers Grand CDE
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cash Bar
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Closing Banquet Imperial
Join the Catholic Grandparents Association of Our Lady of Angels at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on July 29 for Mass. Come and honor the grandparents of Jesus, Sts. Joachim and Anne, and thank God for your grandparents.
Mass is at 10:30 am in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel located on the lower level.
Fr. Jerry Wooton of the Arlington Diocese will be the celebrant.
Lunch is available in the shrine cafeteria.
There is a tour of the basilica at 1:00 pm for anyone interested.
Everyone is welcome: grandparents, parents and children. Come celebrate the first CGA Mass at the shrine and remember to keep prayer in the heart of the family!