80 years doing God’s work

| May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Women attending the 80th biennial conference of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women walk in a rosary procession through the skyway in downtown Minneapolis May 3 after a Mass at St. Olaf. The procession ended at the Hilton Hotel, where the conference was held. (Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit)

Eighty years of good works by Catholic women in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is “faith put into action,” Archbishop John Nienstedt said, and he praised the organization that has supported and encouraged that work, the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.

In his homily at Mass during the 80th Biennial ACCW Conference May 3 in Minneapolis, the archbishop listed topic after topic that ACCW members have put energy and resources into, from clothing drives for Appalachia to health care and water projects for Africa to care-giving, pr0-life, vocations and environmental causes right here in Minnesota, and many more.

“Members of the ACCW are building up the kingdom of God in our age,” Archbishop Nienstedt said. “You are truly an Easter people carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ.”

Amendment reminder

The archbishop praised ACCW members for their continuing support of family life, and he encouraged support of an amendment that will be on the ballot in November that would make it part of the constitution of the State of Minnesota that marriage be defined as between one man and one woman.

He reminded the 275-plus women attending that the church’s effort in regard to the marriage amendment is not an attack on those with homosexual preferences.

Policy changes important to those with same-gender attraction, the archbishop said, “can be addressed without redefining marriage.”

Following the anniversary Mass, the archbishop led ACCW members on a rosary procession from St. Olaf Church through the Minneapolis skyway to the conference site at the Hilton Hotel.

During the conference the organization held workshops on topics including family, women in recovery, group and organizational dynamics and legislative issues, and presented awards to four members for their work.

The ACCW’s 2012 Lay Women Award recipients were Belva Brown of St. Patrick, Shieldsville; Camille Curtiss of St. George, Long Lake; Maria Schloesser of St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights; and Carrie Theisen of St. Henry, Monticello.

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