Pax Christi Nominations Due May 1

Updated submission date


These are the guidelines for submitting a Pax Christi candidateThe nomination form begins on page 8. Please email to Katie Zimmer or Katie Zimmer N1945 County Rd E, Medford, WI 54451




In 1950, the late Albert Cardinal Meyer, then Bishop of Superior, encouraged the parish women’s societies to unite their groups with the National Council of Catholic Women. The intention was to more actively involve women in the work of the church on a broader scale.

At the time the “Mother of the Year” award was initiated. It was to recognize a woman’s outstanding dedication given to this intention. It did, however exclude many worthy women who had no children.

In 1960, Bishop Hammes updated the award to the “Pax Christi Medal” which bears the legend Pax Christi, appearing on his coat of arms. It means Peace of Christ. This award has the wholehearted endorsement of the Bishop of the Superior Diocese.

This award recognizes the devout, hard working Christian women within our parishes. It is a way to honor these deserving women who live their faith as an example for us all.

Nominees may be either lay or religious, single or married women. Each parish nominates one woman for the award annually. In order to recognize more of the many deserving women of our Diocese, a parish is advised to choose a different nominee each year.

The Pax Christi Committee chooses up to five finalists, one from each Deanery. The finalists’ dossiers are sent to the Bishop, who selects the winner. The winner is announced at the annual Superior Diocese Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) Convention.


  • Select a nominee
  • She is to be an adult woman within the Diocese of Superior.
    • She may be either lay or religious, single or married.
    • She must be a living, registered member of the parish.
    • Besides her personal qualities, she will have done some “above the ordinary” service in the parish.
  • She has used her talents in a prayerful Christian way for family, church, community, country, and global community.
  • Interview nominee
  • Write a dossier for the nominee and submit it to the Diocesan Pax Christi Chair
  • Honor nominee at the parish level, eg:
  • Flowers and a gift
    • Create a plaque with her name to be displayed in the parish
    • Announce her nomination at Mothers’ Day Mass


  • Copy the following pages:
  • Send copies to every parish CCW President or Pax Christi Chair in the diocese in winter.
  • Coordinate the judging committee.
  • Compile the dossiers from each parish in spring.
  • Copy the following pages:
    • Each completed NOMINATION FORM
    • Each completed dossier
  • Assign a number to each nominee in order to make them anonymous for the judging committee.
  • Write the number on each nomination form and dossier.
  • Copy the following pages and send to the judging committee members:
    • Each completed dossier, labeled with the nominee number
    • SCORE SHEET, labeled with the nominee number
  • Compile up to five finalists’ dossiers, one from each Deanery, and send to the Diocesan CCW President and the Bishop in the spring.
  • Invite the finalists to the SDCCW Annual Convention.


  • The dossier should be typed, two to four pages, one-sided.
  • The dossier should be double-spaced, using size 12 font.
  • The intention is to give a brief overview of nominee’s life, recognizing her meritorious achievements as well as her hardships.
    • Her history, birth to present.
    • Her outstanding qualities.
    • How she uses her God given gifts.
    • Her personal achievements.
  • Considerations
    • How do the nominee’s deeds reflect a gentle and steadfast spirit?
    • How does her service reflect her love for God and her neighbor?
    • How is she a role model in your parish?
    • How has she risen above hardship and difficulties to perform her works of charity and justice?
  • Tell the nominee’s story
    • How has she related to her own family, extended family, parish family?
    • How does she show compassion for her community?
    • How is she concerned for youth, seniors, the disadvantaged members of her community?
    • How has she served her church through activities such as Eucharistic Minister, other leadership roles or CCW officer or commissioner in the parish, deanery or diocese?
    • How has she used her time and her talent to address her concern for her community, country and the world?
    • How does she show her Christian spirit in life?
  • It is important to keep her identification out of the dossier so judges do not recognize the nominee.
  • No name of parish, pastor, town, or place of employment should be included.
  • Each Parish CCW Pax Christi Chair or Contact submits its nominee’s dossier to the Diocesan Pax Christi Chair.
  • Deadline for submission is determined each year by Pax Christi chairperson.



  • Pax Christi Chair assigns a number to each nominee in order to make them anonymous for the Judging Committee 
  • Each Committee member judges the dossiers from one deanery that is not her own (eg: East Deanery Committee Member judges dossiers from Southwest Deanery)
  • The highest scoring dossier from each deanery becomes the finalist
  • The Committee members return all score sheets to the Pax Christi Chair in the spring, who sends the finalists (up to five) to the Bishop up to one month before the annual convention.



  • Do the nominee’s deeds reflect a gentle and steadfast spirit?
  • Does her service reflect her love for God and her neighbor?
  • Is she a role model in the parish?
  • Has she risen above hardship and difficulties to perform her works of charity and social and economic justice?


  • Has she related to her own family, extended family, parish family?
  • Does she show compassion for her community?
  • Is she concerned for youth, seniors, the disadvantaged members of her community?
  • Has she served her church through activities such as Eucharistic Minister, other leadership roles or CCW officer or commissioner in the parish, deanery or diocese?
  • Has she used her time and her talent to address her concern for her community, country and the world?
  • Does she show her Christian spirit in life?


  • Nominees will remain anonymous.
  • Score each nominee using the score sheet.
  • The nominee with the highest score will be the finalist for her deanery.
  • In case of a tie, score the tied nominees again.

NCCW Mission Statement

“To support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service”


  • Prayer life
    • Adoration
    • Bible Study
    • Rosary
  • Mass attendance
  • Retreats
  • Stations of the cross
  • Pro-life work
  • Evangelization
  • Work on behalf of justice


  • Family
    • Care for children, elderly, divorced, widowed, etc
    • Education – spiritual, physical, emotional
·         Church
  • Fundraisers
    • Decorating
    • School helper
    • Food Shelf
·         Community
  • Meals on Wheels
    • 4H, Scouts
    • Red Cross


  • Service at mass (lector, sacristan, music, Eucharistic minister, etc)
  • Service at funerals
  • CCW offices


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This candidate has led a life of quiet service to God and the church. She is remarkable, but doesn’t see anything remarkable in the countless hours she has devoted to helping people in need. She humbly shrugs off her work with the needy, the elderly and the bereaved as just doing her part. She sums up her philosophy of service by saying simply, “If someone needs help, I’m going to help them.”


This candidate was born and raised about 20 miles from her current parish. She was the second oldest of five children, and grew up in a Catholic family. She has been married for nearly 48 years and has two adult children and five grandchildren. She has been a member of this parish for 48 years. She had worked for most of her adult life doing office work, taking a few years off to raise her children.

Her greatest gift is a willing and steadfast spirit. She works many hours at different ministries within the parish and community, and is happiest when doing something for a person in need. She is a model of humility and generosity, working quietly without seeking thanks or recognition.


This candidate’s service is characterized by concern for people in need. For the past three years she has chaired one of the groups who prepare funeral meals, calling and scheduling workers for setting up, preparing and serving food, and cleaning up. Her husband of 47 years often helps by setting up tables for funeral meals. Her group serves for approximately one funeral per month. Before taking over as chair, she worked many years serving at funeral lunches.

She is generous with her time serving the needy as well. She has worked at the community food shelf for six years and works at the Monday food giveaway at her parish. She also has worked with a local charity, packing and distributing items donated by parishioners. She has helped with the mail carriers food drive and worked with a local grocery store’s “stuff a truck” food drive. She has also helped with her granddaughter’s Girl Scout cookie sale.

Her concern for others extends to the elderly as well. For several years she has paid weekly visits to two local care centers, visiting the elderly. She began by visiting a friend who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, and ended up befriending so many other residents that she continued visiting every week even after her friend died.

In previous years she served as a Eucharistic minister, but had to give up that ministry because of rheumatoid arthritis; however she says she is able to “just keep plugging away” at all of her other activities.

This candidate exemplifies the love of God and the gentle, willing spirit of Mary in the many ways she serves her parish, and is an inspiring role model for those around her.


Our candidate for the Pax Christi Award was born March 27, 1947 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She has one sister and one brother. While attending college at Eau Claire, she came to northern Wisconsin to work under a work study program. She returned an attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and received a degree in biology. After graduating, she returned to northern Wisconsin, and over the years, has worked at the local newspaper, local factory, and at the post office.

She married a Catholic on December 12, 1982, and then decided to enter the RCIA program in 1996 and was confirmed in March of 1997. In the fall of that year, her husband signed her up to teach catechism, and she has been teaching ever since. She demonstrates Christian values in everything she does. She has taught religious education for 17 years and has served as religious coordinator for many of those years. She has helped many family members in the parish prepare for receiving the sacraments. She is currently head of the Safe and Sacred training program.

She has put in many hours getting teaching materials and keeping it up to date for the CCW program, many times paying out of her pocket. She also supplies pizzas, treats, and prizes for her classes. When a teacher is unable to show up, she will find a sub and have them take the class to the local nursing home to visit the residents rather than send the children home. She goes out of her way to inform parents what the children are doing in class. These children are very important in her life, being she has none of her own. These are “her” children. Whatever she is doing with the children – whether it is making posters, banners, baking cookies for the Christmas bazaar, collecting food for the food shelf, organizing the Christmas program, driving the youth to a retreat, etc. – she has a smile on her face and tears in her eyes.

She also finds time to attend retreats and meetings regarding the CCW program. She is a lector, serves on the funeral committees, help with parish fundraiser, and is a member of the Council of Catholic Women. She is an avid reader, and has been President of the local Friends of the Library for 34 years. She has spent a lot of time and effort through fundraisers, donations, drives, and volunteering. They were able to furnish the inside of the new library. She has also been involved with the inception of the Friends of the Library Bell Ringer Run.

Some of the words to describe our candidate are: Christian, dedicated, hard worker, the best, generous and selfless, does good deeds, good friend, true leader, gives much more than anyone knows, and has never sought praises for what she does.

Our candidate was recognized by the committee in being chosen Person of the Year in 2013. We would love to have our candidate recognized for all she has done for the children.

Call to action!

Call to Action
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote as soon as tomorrow (Friday) on a new COVID relief bill, called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that addresses the needs of many vulnerable people related to the pandemic. The Senate is expected to vote as soon as next week. Unfortunately, unlike previous COVID relief bills, this bill appropriates billions of taxpayer dollars that are not subject to longstanding, bi-partisan pro-life protections that are needed to prevent this funding from paying for abortions. TAKE ACTION NOWThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is communicating to Congress its strong opposition to any taxpayer funding of abortion as part of this legislation, saying that the Hyde Amendment policy must be included before this bill moves forward. Your voice is critically needed today to tell your representatives in Congress to support amendments that prevent abortion funding and to work for their inclusion in the final bill.

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Lent is just around the corner! While it would be great to gather and attend a Lenten Retreat, the Spirituality Commission of the Superior Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is offering these suggestions for each of you to still have the ‘Best Lent’ ever!

A. Do Your Own Self-Study Lenten Journey with checking out these web sites:

Offers These Lenten Prayer Resources: The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant; Stations of the Cross; A Scriptural Way of the Cross; Lenten Reflections from the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development – a Gospel reflection is listed for each week of Lent.

2. Feed Your Soul with Prayer this Lent! Sign up for this year’s Best Lent Ever as you journey through Matthew Kelly’s latest book, I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit.

3. – this group is partnered with Word on Fire, allowing you to email or text message any of Bishop Barron’s premium content.

4. Free Virtual Catholic Conference 

5. Word on Fire – Bishop Barron has a New Lenten Gospel Reflection – it’s free plus the cost of $5.95 for shipping and handling. The resource is also available online as a daily reflection. 

B. Grab a Book and get reading:

1. Ave Maria Press has several book titles appropriate for a Lenten Journey.

2. Commit to reading the Lenten book your parish makes available.

C. Do some Self Evaluation.

1. Reflect on the Ten Commandments.

2. Reflect on an Examination of Conscience.

D. Take your family members along on your Lenten Journey!

1. Explain the ‘why’ of almsgiving, sacrifices of giving up candy or cookies, why items in Church are covered, what is special about the color purple.

2. Rather than give something ‘up’, do some ‘special thing’ for a parent, sibling, friend, or neighbor.

3. Set aside a time for family prayer.

4. Establish your own prayer intention(s): Maybe your prayer intention is to change the hearts and minds of legislators and elected officials to understand the dignity of all life and end abortion.

5. Attend Stations of the Crossas a family

6. Make a date to go to Reconciliation as family.

E. Put a religious App on your cell phone:

Laudate Catholic App / Liturgy of the Hours App / Pray (The Catholic Novena App) / Relevant Radio App / EWTN App

Whatever you do to prepare for Lent may it help you become more forgiving, more loving and draw you closer to the love Jesus has for you.

Jane Schiszik, SDCCW President

JOIN THE SDCCW PRAYER INITIATIVE: ‘Praying the Rosary Together as a Family.’

The Superior Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) would like to invite your parish members to take part in the prayer initiative: ‘Praying the Rosary Together as a Family.’ Praying the Rosary is the 2021 focus of the SDCCW Spirituality Commission. It is based on the movie PRAY: The Story of Fr. Patrick Peyton, a movie about an Irish Catholic seeking his fortune in America. Fr. Peyton coined the phrase, “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.”

Blessed St. Mother Teresa also was an advocate of family prayer. In the book, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, by Leo Maasburg, St. Mother Teresa has been quoted as saying: “The family is a special instrument in God’s hands, for it is chiefly through the family that God wants to tell us that we are created for greater things: to love and to be loved. As our families are, so will our relations with our neighbors be, and so will our towns and our whole country appear. If the family becomes a place of love and peace and holiness, then our nations and our world too will live in love, in peace and in unity with God and with each other.”

‘Praying the Rosary Together as a Family’

 is a great way to teach your children how to pray / each mystery of the Rosary teaches about the life of Jesus / is an easy way to connect with God / is an opportunity to spend quality time with God / prayer intentions can be personalized: pray for one another, grandparents, friends, neighbors, teachers, or classmates / praying is a way to invite God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit into your home.

Families have a special bond that can grow stronger, face challenges and difficulties, and persevere through prayer. Thank you for your consideration in taking part in this prayer initiative. If you participate, have questions or need Rosaries, please contact Jane Schiszik, 715-748-5240.

Continuing Education scholarship



Supporting, Empowering, and Educating All Catholic Women

 in Spirituality, Leadership and Service

Very Reverend James P. Powers, Bishop of Superior

Father Jim Brinkman, Spiritual Advisor

Application for Mary Jane Morancyk Hennessy Continuing Educational Scholarship for Women of the Superior Diocese who are completing their second year of college or those pursing career advancement.

Application must be postmarked by April 30, 2021

Send to:

SDCCW Scholarship Committee

% Mary Werner

W5490 County Road O

Medford, WI 54451

Or email with the subject: SDCCW Scholarship Application to Mary Werner at

Personal Information:

Name: ________________________________________________

Home Address: _________________________________________

Mailing Address: ________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________________

Phone, Home: ______________________ Cell: ________________

Present Occupation: _________________Full____ Part time______

Name, Address of Employer: _______________________________

Marital Status: ______________ Spouse: ______________________

Number of dependents: _______ Home Parish: __________________

Educational Goals:

What college/university are you attending? ___________________________________

What is your career choice? ______________________________________________

Have you been accepted into the program? __________________________________

What degree will you work toward? _________________________________________

How many years are your required for your career choice? ______________________

Will you be a full or part time student? _______________________________________

When do you hope to complete your studies? ________ Undergraduate____________

Graduate? (If applicable)__________________________________________________

What are your future employment goals? _____________________________________



Name of Colleges attended: _________________________________________


           Did you earn a degree______________ Major______________________

Additional Education_____________________________________________________



Activities and Honors_____________________________________________________



List annual school expenses:

      Tuition and fees                               $__________

       Room and Board                            $__________

       Books and Supplies                        $__________

Approximate Yearly Expense                $ __________

What financial aid do you hope to receive during the next school year?

  1. Name/Amount  ___________________________________
  2. Name/Amount____________________________________
  3. Name/Amount____________________________________

Brief personal essay describing leadership, service and spirituality in your local parish and/or community:



  1. Please have official transcripts from colleges sent to the Scholarship Committee.
  2. Please have letters of recommendation mailed directly to the Scholarship Committee – Minimum of 2
  3. Please attach a recent picture of yourself to your application.
  4. Please send a resume along with application.
  5. Winners of Scholarship must send a copy of their fall school registration to the Scholarship Committee before money is sent to your school.

Admin note – This application in a more condensed form is available by request by email from Mary Werner at the above address