5/5/2013 2:32:00 PM Catholic women hear about their gifts and overcoming barriers
ACCW photo by Sue Anker
Betty Egner of Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women with Mother Mary of the Angels Bunty, who discussed the mother of Jesus as the best model for Catholic women and their unique gifts.
MOLALLA — Del Keller, president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, welcomed women from 17 parishes to the organization's annual conference, held at St. James Parish here last month. More than 20 women from St. James hosted the event.
Mother Mary of the Angels Bunty, of the Sisters of Reparation, was the first speaker. She presented Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the chief model of the conference theme — "The Voice of Catholic Women." Mother Mary received a warm response when she said women are at their best when using special feminine gifts.
If we are to measure the value of any life by its results, she said, then the mother of our Savior is the standard.
Father Charles Zach, spiritual director of the ACCW, and Father Ted Prentice, pastor of St. James, concelebrated Mass. Lunch followed and the luncheon speaker was Karen Gaffney. Her youth, charm and vitality delighted her audience.
Gaffney overcame the barriers of Down syndrome to become a champion swimmer. Her presentation reinforced the longstanding principle of ACCW: each person has the right to be born and to develop abilities, without regard to limitations.
The afternoon panel consisted of William Fogarty, director of CYO/ Camp Howard and Don Robison, executive director of The Fr. Bernard Youth Center in Mount Angel.
Among the displays at the conference, was one by the Madonna Center of Salem. The center serves teen girls who are pregnant but lack support.
The next ACCW meeting will be at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie at 10 a.m. on Mon., May 13. It is a district 5/6 potluck. All are welcome.