My husband John and I belong to Saint Patrick parish in Hudson. We have been parishioners for our entire married life of 32 years. Our nine children have attended Saint Patrick school with our ninth child, Esther, graduating this spring.
My involvement with the CCW has always been a joy. For six years, off and on, I served as the Social Chair for the council. I served with three different presidents over the years. I was in charge of the Holiday Bingo and the Mother/Daughter Spring Ice Cream Social. When I took over the events I was told by the women that they had a difficult time getting the younger women in the parish to come, so I produced a variety show starring the talents of the school girls. The young mothers came to see their daughters of course, and for the first time in many years, the turnout was truly wonderful.
Father John Parr became our pastor in 2005 and while working with him on another area of parish work, he asked me to serve on the CCW. I agreed and went to my first General Assembly held in Milwaukee that fall. Our CCW had gone into auto pilot at the time, and with Father’s guidance and prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I was able to get an entire board of 10 women. We had all 4 officers and 6 commissioners. What was even better is that our board was made up of women of all ages from their 20’s through 70’s.
While serving as parish president I was asked by the Diocesan President, Pat Williams, to host the 59th annual convention in 2009. Our featured speaker was Michael Naughten from Saint Thomas University, we enjoyed a dinner cruise on the St. Croix and entertainment at the Phipps Centre for the Arts.
Upon completing my service on the parish level I was elected to the position of president elect for the Southwest Deanery. Due to an illness the president had to step down early so I was asked to fill both terms and thus served as deanery president from 2009 – 2012.
My hope is to personally connect with the women of our diocese to encourage them in their service to Christ’s Church. In the fall of 2015 I visited the Northest Deanery – all 15 parishes and 6 priests. This summer I am slated to visit the North Central and East Deaneries. Next summer I hope to make visits to South Central and Southwest deaneries.
I hope to improve the visibility and relevace of the Council in the day-to-day lives of the Catholic women in our area.