10/19/2013 2:33:00 PM Women's conference includes Oregon Catholics
Photo courtesy of Lisa Stiller
Sue Anker, Joan Galles, Roger Galles, Del Keller and Lisa Stiller enjoy dinner during Catholic women's conference in Florida.
The National Council of Catholic Women 2013 Convention was held last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with nearly 500 participants from across the U.S. Among them was a handful of Oregonians.
The theme, “Be the Voice of Catholic Women: Confidence, Hope and Joy,” was based on the purpose of the proposed women’s council which was created by the United States Bishops in 1920: “To give the Catholic women of the country a common voice and an instrument of common action in all matters affecting Catholic or national welfare.”
Members voted to adopt resolutions of prayerful support for Pope Francis, conscience protection and religious liberty.
The opening liturgy was celebrated by Bishop James Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, NCCW's episcopal liaison. The closing Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami. More than 60 priests from across the nation concelebrated daily Mass, led eucharistic adoration, heard confessions and joined the women in saying the rosary on the beach.
Keynote presentations were made by Edward Sri on “Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross;” ValLimar Jansen on “Women of Faith, Women of Hope;” and Pat Gohn on “Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood.”
The National Council of Catholic Women consists of more than 3,000 affiliated Catholic women's organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the U.S., including western Oregon's Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
During the gathering, Lisa Stiller of Portland staffed a table for Consistent Life, a group that seeks to protect life threatened by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia. Stiller reports that she handed out a lot of literature.