By Wynn Touney
The National Council of Catholic Women Convention celebrating “96 Years of Mercy” and service to the church and all God’s people regardless of race, religion or national origin was held Sept. 7-10 in Indianapolis. With the theme, “Catholic Women, Instruments of Mercy,” as inspired by the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, all members were encouraged to acknowledge the spiritual and corporal works of mercy as an integral part of their everyday life.
One Million Works of Mercy will continue to be implemented until the closing of the year on Nov. 20. Anyone can add their count to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to NCCW Mercies, PO Box 4756, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
Father Jim Tigges, spiritual advisor for the diocesan group, shared the following reflection on the NCCW Convention.
“What happens when you have more than 700 women, 45 spiritual priest advisors, bishops, archbishops and excellent talks all mixed together? One fabulous National Council of Catholic Women Convention.
“I was supported and encouraged by the presentations ranging from the talk by Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D., on “Catholic Woman as Witnesses to and Ministers of Mercy” to the presentation on Human Trafficking. The highlight of the convention was the liturgy celebrated each day by visiting bishops.
“One of the more remarkable quotes comes from Archbishop Joseph E. Kutz of Louisville and chairmen of the USCCB. He quoted St. Teresa of Kolkata to summarize for me the convention, ‘The person who Christ wants you to serve is already at your door.’
“The convention, ‘Catholic Women: Instruments of Mercy,’ carried out this theme very well. I would encourage more women of the diocese to plan now to attend next year’s convention in Dallas, a worthwhile and uplifting experience. Thank God, I am the spiritual advisor for the diocese so I can attend!”
More personal comments regarding the convention will follow in future columns. So many groups were represented with updates on their ministry along with many companies showing their new books and items.
40 Days for Life began on Sept. 28, ends Nov. 6. If you are already signed up to help cover the time frame, you are to be commended. If not, if there is not a site near you, please commit to pray and fast for those participating. Since the international campaign began, 11,796 babies and mothers have been saved, 133 employees have left the facilities and 75 abortion clinics have been closed.
During October as Pro-Life Month, all efforts to encourage your family and parish to pray for all life, to defend sacred marriage, to honor life from the womb to the tomb should be emphasized by all. For information and worship aids, visit the USCCB website.
During this month, we also remember the Feast of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Oct. 7 as she continues to appeal to all of us to pray the rosary daily, especially with our families, for our families and our nation. Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.
Wynn Touney of Fort Dodge is a member of Catholic Women of the Sioux City Diocese.